War of the Rebellion: Serial 044 Page 0578 N. C., VA., W. VA., MD., PA., ETC. Chapter XXXIX.

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brigade. Afterward, and when the troops on the left of our brigade had become warmly engaged with the enemy, the Forty-third and Fifty-third Regiments were shifted to the left, throwing the battalion in the center, with the Forty-fifth Regiment immediately on its right. Moving forward in this position for a distance of nearly 1 1/2 miles, through open fields, and constantly exposed to a galling fire of artillery and musketry, it encountered the enemy, strongly posted near a deep railroad cut, and along the crest of a hill in rear of the cut. Here the contest was protracted and bloody. Finally, the Thirty-second Regiment moving with and supporting the Forty-fifth and battalion on the right, the enemy were driven in confusion from the railroad cut across the hill into the outskirts of the town, where large numbers of them threw down their arms and surrendered. Many prisoners were also captured by the battalion and the Fifty-fifth in the railroad cut. In this charge, and during the previous advance, the battalion suffered heavily, its loss in officers and men amounting to about two-thirds of the number who entered the fight. It was in the final charge that Lieutenant-Colonel Andrews was killed. He had been wounded already in the hip, but continued to lead his men until struck down within a few yards of the enemy's line. Major [John M.] Hancock was about the same time carried from the field, he having received a wound through the breast. It may justly be said of every officer and man in the battalion that they discharged their whole duty. The battalion rested with the rest of the brigade during the night of the 1st under cover of a railroad embankment, and took its position on the morning of the 2nd between the Thirty-second and Fifty-third Regiments. This it held during the day, in the afternoon being subjected to a heavy fire of artillery, from which, however, it suffered very little, having lost only 1 man wounded. On July 3, the battalion, under command of Captain [Van

Brown, was assigned a position on the right of the brigade, and was employed during the day chiefly as skirmishers, in which capacity it rendered important services, losing only 2 men slightly wounded. *

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

VAN BROWN,

Captain, Comdg. Second North Carolina Battalion.

Captain W. M. HAMMOND,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

Numbers 513. Reports of Brigadier General Alfred Iverson, C. S. Army, commanding brigade.

CAMP NEAR DARKESVILLE, W. VA., July 17, 1863.

SIR: I have the honor to report that, upon arriving in the vicinity of Gettysburg, Pa., where a fight was progressing between the corps of Lieutenant General A. P. Hill and the enemy, on the morning of July 1, my brigade, being in the advance of Major General R. E. Rodes' division,

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*For casualties July 1-3, see p. 342.

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