War of the Rebellion: Serial 016 Page 0196 OPERATIONS IN N.VA., W.VA., AND MD. Chapter XXIV.

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charge, which was done, and we moved forward in line of battle of the top of little hill or rise in the field, when the order was given by our gallant commander (Colonel Ronald) to the brigade to charge, which was obeyed and the charge executed in most elegant style, driving the enemy entirely from the field into the woods, a distance of some 300 or 400 yards.

I then received an order to close my regiment at right angles with and on the left of the Thirty-third. Thus having passed the Thirty-third and Twenty-seventh some 200 yards, I succeeded in forming my right wing perpendicular with the former line of battle and advanced it about 100 yards, thus giving me a good position to fire upon the enemy, who were crossing a large wheat field upon the enemy, thus causing a large number of them to surrender. The regiment also captured three stand of the enemy's colors; the left wing still holding their former position at the edge of the woods, thus protecting the left of my right wing from a severe fire from the enemy in the woods.

The conduct of all officers and men was such as would attack the admiration and win the praise of the greatest of champion warriors, and particularly the conduct of Color Sergt. John M. Gabbert, who was in advance with a sword in one hand the colors in the other, waving both the sword and colors, calling upon the men to come on, when he received a wound in the shoulder and leg, which disabled him so much he was compelled to abandon the field.

At a late hour we were re-enforced by two other brigades. We then advanced, the left wing being rallied by Adjt. C. S. Army, whose conduct was highly commendable in rallying it to the colors and pressing forward with the Second and Fourth Regiments boldly in hot pursuit of the enemy till after dark, when, reaching the top of a hill a corn field, were ordered to halt and remained until morning. I joined in with Colonel Lee, of the Thirty-third, and advanced, overtaking the Second and Fourth, who had halted in a corn field on the brigade remained overnight and until about 9 o'clock on the morning of the 10th, the enemy not having made any demonstration up to that time. We were ordered back a distance of about 3 miles and encamped until the morning of the 12th, when we were ordered to take up the line of march to our old camp near Liberty Mills, at which place we arrived about 6 p.m.

I forward with this a list of casualties.*

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

H. J. WILLIAMS,

Major, Commanding Fifth Virginia Infantry.

Captain FULTON,

Acting Assistant Adjutant-General.

No. 35. Report of Captain Charles L. Haynes, Twenty-seventh Virginia Infantry.

CAMP NEAR GORDONSVILLE, VA., August 13, 1862.

SIR: I respectfully submit the following as a report of the part my regiment took in the battle of the 9th instant near Ripley's Station, in Culpeper County, Virginia:

In placing the brigade in line of battle my regiment occupied the

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*Embodied in No. 27.

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