War of the Rebellion: Serial 068 Page 0261 Chapter XLVIII. SOUTH SIDE OF THE JAMES.

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This language is as mind as the circumstances would permit me to use. It was framed, in fact, in a spirit of kindness to yourself, allowing all possible weight to he embarrassments mentioned in your official report, as well as to the physical exhaustion under which you labored. It is the nearest approach to censure contained in my report, which ignores the operations of your column during that day almost entirely, purposely because it failed to attempt, not to accomplish, the vital part assigned it in the operations proposed.

Respectfully, your obedient servant,

G. T. BEAUREGARD,

General.

Numbers 103. Report of Brigadier General Henry A. Wise, C. S. Army, commanding brigade, of casualties May 16-20.

HEADQUARTERS WISE'S BRIGADE,

May 21, 1864.

CAPTAIN: I beg respectfully to report the following casualties in my brigade:

May 16. May 18. May 19. May 20.

Comma Kille Wound Kille Wound Kille Wound Kille Wound

nd. d. ed. d. ed. d. ed. d. ed.

26th ..... 4 2 16 ..... 3 ..... 25

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34th 4 8 2 29 ..... ..... 3 36

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46th 3 9 ..... 3 ..... ..... 3 19

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59th ..... 2 ..... 1 ..... ..... 1 7

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Total 7 23 4 49 ..... 3 7 87

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Respectfully,

HENRY A. WISE,

Brigadier-General.

Captain C. McRAE SELPH,

Assistant Adjutant and Inspector General.

Numbers 104. Report of Captain George D. Wise, Assistant Inspector-General, of operations June 2.

HEADQUARTERS WISE'S BRIGADE,

June 3, 1864.

MAJOR: I have the honor to report that all was quiet on our lines on the 1st instant, and no firing of any kind, except the artillery firing from our lines, which commenced about 11 p. m. This firing was not replied to by the enemy.

Orders were received about 1 o'clock on the morning of the 2nd instant for our whole line of skirmishers to move upon the enemy and drive them into their main works, and to take, if it could be done without the loss of too many men. In obedience to this order, our line of skirmishers moved upon the enemy about 7 a. m. yester-