1080 OPERATIONS IN SE. VA. AND N. C. [Geer. ALVIII.
move of troops was contemplated. About the same time, or soon
after, scouts and officers on the picket-line and brigade commanders
informed me that the enemy were moving to the right and concen-
trating in my front, and all concurred in the opinion that my lines
would be assaulted in the morning. I concurred in this opinion and
communicated the facts that led me to believe that I would be
attacked to you about 12, or between 10 and 12 o'clock on the 11th;
at the same time requesting that the artillery which had been with-
drawn should be sent back to its original position. At the same time
I ordered my command to be on the alert, some brigades to be awake
all night, and all to be up and in the trenches an hour or so before
daylight. This order was obeyed. At the first intimation of the
advance of the enemy I went to the trenches. Soon after my arrival
there a heavy column assaulted my right (Steuart's brigade), which,
after a fierce conflict, was repulsed with the assistance of two pieces
of artillery. Immediately after this a very heavy column debouched
from the pines about half or three-quarters of a mile from my works,
and advanced upon the Salient, held by Jones' brigade. I then found
that the artillery which had withdrawn the night previous had not
returned, but looking I saw it just coming in sight. I dismounted,
went into the trenches, collected all the men possible to hold the
enemy in check until the artillery could get into position and open
upon this column, which came up in large numbers, but in great
disorder, with a narrow front, but extending back to the rear as far
as I could see. I ordered the artillery to drive up at a gallop. They
did so. The enemy were held in check somewhat by the infantry
fire, but the artillery did not get into position, nor did it fire a shot
upon this column before they were captured. I relt confident that a
few shots would disperse this force, which offered so fair a mark to
artillery, hence I remained to the last endeavoring to check them
until the artillery could get into position. There was no surprise.
My men were up and in the trenches prepared for the assault before
the enemy made their appearance. The first assault on the right
with two pieces of artillery and one brigade was handsomely repulsed.
The main attack would have been repulsed had any artillery [been]
on the line which could have possibly swept-the ground over which
they advanced. The ground was over open fields with abatis in
front for some distance.
I am, sir, very respectfully, your obedient servant,
Lieut. Gen. R. S. EWELL, C. S. Army.
Reports of Maj. Gen. Stephen D. Ramseur, C. S. Army, command-
ing brigade, Rodes' division, of operations May 4-27.
CAMP NEAR WINCHESTER,
August 10, 1864.
GENERAL : Your note of 16th ultimo was received a few days ago.
I take the first opportunity to reply. The copy of my report of the
fight of the 12th of May has been misplaced. I therefore send you a