War of the Rebellion: Serial 068 Page 0218 OPERATIONS IN SE. VA. AND N. C. Chapter XLVIII.

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[Sub-inclosure.]

Return of casualties in Barton's Brigade, May 10, 1864.

Killed. Wounded.

Command. Offi- Men. Officers Men.

cers.

9th Virginia. ... 3 4 37

14th Virginia. ... 12 2 42

38th Virginia. 1 10 1 29

53rd Virginia. ... 3 3 30

57th Virginia. 1 6 1 30

Total. 2 34 11 168

Missing.

Command. Officers. Men. Aggregate.

9th Virginia. ... 3 47

14th Virginia. ... 15 71

38th Virginia. ... 10 51

53rd Virginia. ... 3 39

57th Virginia. ... 3 41

Total. ... 34 249

J. D. DARDEN,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

[Inclosure Numbers 2.]

SPECIAL ORDERS, HDQRS. DEPARTMENT OF RICHMOND, Numbers --.

May 11, 1864.

I. Brigadier General S. M. Barton is hereby relieved from the command of his brigade and will report in person to General Braxton Bragg at Richmond at once.

II. Colonel B. D. Fry is hereby assigned to the command of Barton's brigade, and all the staff officers save the aide-de-camp will remain on duty with the brigade.

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By command of Major General Ransom:

T. P. BRANCH,

Assistant Adjutant and Inspector General.

ADDENDA.

CAMP OF BARTON'S BRIGADE,

Near Richmond, Va., May --, 1864.

General S. COOPER:

We, the undersigned officers, learn with the deepest regret that General Barton has been relieved of his command. We are not officially informed of the reason, but are led to believe from general report that he was removed "because of officers and men did not have confidence in him." We beg leave to state for ourselves that it is untrue, and that we have every faith in his skill as a military commander and his individual courage. We have been long in service, have been in many battles, which are unnecessary to mention to you, and we hope that our ;opinion may receive some wight with the Department. Many of us were eye-witnesses to his gallantry and coolness in the late action near Drewry's Bluff on the 10th instant. he was always in the thickest of the fray, leading his offices and men where necessary, and when the enemy were driven from their gun he was the first to take possession of it. He frequently loaded with practiced skill the foul guns of the new recruits and struggled for the advance in the charge. We speak knowingly for our men when