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the turnpike. A large steam saw-mill with a large amount of lumber, which a negro reports as belonging to the Confederate authorities, was also destroyed.

Very respectfully,

W. T. H. BROOKS,

Brigadier-General.

P. S.-Since finishing the above report, the inclosed report of Colonel Plaisted was handed me.* No order was sent by me to Colonel Plaisted to "retire immediately;" that he was in danger of being flanked. On the contrary, I learn from the staff officer by whom the order spoken of in the body of my report was sent that he mart Colonel plaisted at the burnt saw-mill, bringing back his brigade. He therefore withdrew it without orders, leaving Barton's brigade without support. The saw-mill referred to by different reports was burnt under the direction of Colonel Dutton, Twenty-first Connecticut. I can well indorse what Colonel Plaisted says of Colonel Dandy, commanding One hundredth New York Volunteers, in every respect. Annexed is a tabular statement of casualties during the day's operations.

Very respectfully,

W. T. H. BROOKS,

Brigadier-General.

ASSISTANT ADJUTANT-GENERAL, 18TH ARMY CORPS.

Statement of casualties in Second Brigade, Second Division, and Second Brigade, Third Division, Tenth Army Corps, and Second Brigade, First Division, Eighteenth Army Corps, under command of Brigadier General W. T. H. Brooks, commanding First Division, Eighteenth Army Corps, May 7, 1864.

Killed. Wounded.

Brigades. Officers. Men. Officers. Men.

Second Brigade, First

Division, Eighteenth Army -- 5 4 64

Corps, Brigadier General

H. Burnham commanding.

Second Brigade, Second

Division, Tenth Army

Corps, W. B. Barton, -- 14 -- 152

colonel 48th New York

Volunteers, commanding.

Second Brigade, Third

Division, Tenth Army

Corps, J. C. Drake, -- 1 -- 9

colonel 9th Maine

Volunteers, commanding

Total -- 20 4 225

Missing. Total.

Brigades. Officers. Men. Officers. Men. Aggregate.

Second

Brigade,

First

Division,

Eighteenth -- 10 4 79 83

Army Corps,

Brigadier

General H.

Burnham

commanding.

Second

Brigade,

Second

Division,

Tenth Army -- 30 -- 196 196

Corps, W. B.

Barton,

colonel 48th

New York

Volunteers,

commanding.

Second

Brigade,

Third

Division, -- -- -- 10 10

Tenth Army

Corps, J. C.

Drake,

colonel 9th

Maine

Volunteers,

commanding

Total -- 40 4 285 289

HDQRS. FIRST DIVISION, 18TH ARMY CORPS, May, 1864.

HDQRS. FIRST DIVISION, EIGHTEENTH ARMY CORPS, May 22, 1864.

SIR: My attention has been called to a dispatch of the Secretary of War, dated May 17,9 p. m., published in the New York papers, in which it is said: "The enemy under cover of a thick for made an

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*See p. 73.

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