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standard, in order that it may be sent to headquarters with the banners.

I am, general, your obedient servant,


Assistant Adjutant-General.



May 16, 1863.

Respectfully referred to Lieutenant-Colonel [R. D.] Johnston, commanding Twelfth North Carolina troops, who will furnish at once the receipt called for to be forwarded.

By order, &c.,


Assistant Adjutant-General.

MAY 17, 1863.

I have the honor to state that the flag of the Forty-sixth Pennsylvania Volunteers was turned over to General Stuart on Monday, in the presence of the whole command, and he was in such a hurry that he did not have time to give me a receipt; but if I can find out his whereabouts, I can get it now or at any time.


Lieutenant-Colonel Commanding.


May 17, 1863.

Respectfully forwarded. Attention called to indorsement of Lieutenant-Colonel Johnston.


Brigadier-General, Commanding.

Numbers 389. Report of Captain S. B. West, Fifth North Carolina Infantry.

MAY 12, 1863.

CAPTAIN: I have the honor to make the following report of the part taken by this regiment in the battle of Chancellorsville, after 5 p. m., May 3, when I assumed command:

Night closed in without an incident worthy of note. I received orders to detail from my command a suitable number of men to relieve the sharpshooters then on duty. For this purpose, I ordered Captain J. M. Taylor to take his command to the front, and the sharpshooters retired. When it had grown dark, I ordered the men to use every means in their power to protect themselves against the artillery fire of the enemy; and, by diligent use of the bayonet and a few axes, a tolerable breastwork was constructed, which proved invaluable in protecting them from a very severe artillery fire.

The following day some skirmishing occurred between our sharpshooters and those of the enemy, and about 10 a. m. the 4th instant the