seized the colors of his regiment after three color-bearers had been shot down, advanced with them beyond the enemy's works, and fell dead while calling upon his regiment to dash forward on the enemy's columns.
Owing to the fact that my command is now in line of battle, and an official report is called for without delay, I am unable to make it as full and complete as I would under more favorable circumstances be pleased to do.
I cannot, however, close this report without expressing my obligations to the members of my staff-Captain C. P. Neilson and Captain W. G. Poindexter, Lieutenants. A. N. Parker and W. G. Sykes-for the promptness and rapidity with which they bore my dispatches to different parts of the field and executed all orders.
I am, major, very respectfully, your obedient servant,
W. S. FEATHERSTON,
Major HENRY ROBINSON,
Assistant Adjutant-General, Loring's Division.
Return of casualties in Featherston's brigade in the engagement near Peach Tree Creek, Ga., July 20, 1864.
[Compiled from nominal lists of casualties.]
Killed. Wounded. Captured of
Comman Office Men. Office Men. Office Men. Aggre
d. rs. rs. rs. gate.
1st ...... 4 1 19 ...... 7 31
3rd 2 9 6 65 ...... 6 88
22nd 4 17 9 55 ...... 5 90
31st 3 13 12 86 6 40 160
33rd 4 12 8 75 4 50 153
40th ...... 10 11 46 ...... 27 94
Total. 13 65 47 346 10 135 616
Officers killed.-Third Mississippi: Captain A. F. Ramsey and Lieutenant John P. Gressett. Twenty-second Mississippi: Lieutenants J. B. Blaylock, C. V. H. Davis, and C. Roth. Twenty-first Mississippi: Captain John R. Ketchum and Lieutenants W. B. Carodine and J. C. Morrow. Thirty-third Mississippi: Colonel J. L. Drake, Captain D. A. Herring, Lieutenant A. G. West, and Ensign E. J. Leavitt. Fortieth Mississippi: Major W. McD. Gibbens, mortally wounded.
Report of Major James Stigler, First Mississippi Battalion Sharpshooters, of operations July 20.
BIVOUAC NEA LOVEJOY'S STATION,
September 15, 1864.
SIR: The following report of the part borne by the First Mississippi Battalion Sharpshooters, Featherston's brigade, in the action of July 20 last, respectfully submitted:
This battalion was deployed in front of the brigade about 1 p. m. and moved forward through an abatis to our picket-line, where it