that the coolness and steadiness of a few resolute and determined officers and men will prove the salvation of a command, whether in an unavoidable surprise or against the disordered lines of a charging column.
To the prompt and energetic co-operation of Colonel Jones, chief of artillery, and Major Haskell, commanding the mortar battery, and to their officers and men, my acknowledgments are due.
The gallantry of Private Patrick Sweeney, Company A, Fifty-ninth Virginia Regiment, has been justly reported by his brigade commander. He voluntarily joined in the last charge and captured two colors of the Twentieth Michigan Regiment, and though wounded through the body he persisted in bringing them off, with a Sharps rifle.
In the last charge Sergt. J. W. Connelly, Company F, Twenty-second South Carolina Regiment, captured the colors of the First Michigan Sharpshooters, which he delivered to General Beauregard in person.
The zeal and activity of my aides-Capts. E. R. Smith, John E. Saunders, and T. H. Skinner-were arduously tasked on the lines and fully merit the compliment of this official notice. Captain Skinner, who had joined me within the previous twenty-four hours as a volunteer aide, from a foreign soil, besides doing much arduous duty during the day, gallantly joined the troops on the right in the final charge, by which the enemy were utterly repulsed.
The following is the state of casualties of the division:
Killed. Wounded. Missing. Total.
Off Off Off Off Aggre
Command. ice Men ice Men ice Men ice Men. gate.
rs. . rs. . rs. . rs.
Elliott's 15 110 18 204 14 337 47 651 698
Wise's 1 24 5 81 -- -- 6 106 111
Ransom's 3 11 7 53 -- 8 10 72 82
Colquitt's -- 4 3 24 -- -- 3 28 31
Total. 19 149 33 362 14 345 66 856 922
For the purpose of preserving the records of this division the following casualties of Gracie's brigade are added, though that brigade was detached from my command on this occasion. It, however, occupied its usual position in the trenches on my left: Killed, 1 commissioned officer and 9 enlisted men; wounded, 1 commissioned officer and 45 enlisted men; total, 2 commissioned officers and 54 enlisted men.
The losses of the enemy have been pretty well ascertained, and are between 5,000 and 6,000 including ---- prisoners.
The reports* of the brigade commanders of Elliott's and Wise's brigades are herewith inclosed. The reports of the other two brigades furnish little else than the casualties.
Very respectfully, your obedient servant,
B. R. JOHNSON,
Colonel G. W. BRENT,