1084 OPERATIONS IN SE. VA. AND N. C. [CHAP. XLVIII.
alization of the enemy that his position could be carried, I attempted
to lead forward all the troops at that point. To accomplish this pur-
pose, I took the colors of the Third Alabama lin my hand; went for-
ward, and asked the men to follow. I regret to say that the result
did not correspond with my high hopes and confident expectations,
a result no doubt greatly attributable to physical exhaustion from
long marching, constant labor, and their rapid advance. At the
time I was attempting to lead forward the men, General Ramseur
came up and we united our efforts, but with results scarcely better
than before. All Confederate troops in that vicinity retired together
by your order. There is not a particle of truth in the report that
this brigade was driven back. Not a foot of ground was lost except
the few paces (not more than 20) on the left within the enemy's
works. We retired from the immediate front of the enemy in good
These are plain facts. If they justify censure let it be given, but
I protest against staff officers speaking without the card. I make
no, appeal to clemency, but those who know me best expect me to
insist on a full measure of justice. I request that the contents of
this paper be communicated to General Ewell.
I am, general, yours, most truly,
P. S.—The men are still much exhausted, and Phave received a
painful injury on my right foot, but if the service requires it, and
the honor of my command requires it, we are ready for action.
C. A. B.
Report of Brig. Gen. Armistead L. Long, C. S. Army, Chief of Artil-
lery, Second Army Corps, of operations May 4-31.
STAUNTON, November 25, 1864.
MAJOR : I have the honor to submit the following report of the
operations of the artillery of the Second Corps from May 4 to 31,
I received orders on May 4 from Lieutenant-General Ewell to
move my artillery to the front. I immediately broke up my graz-
ing camps in the neighborhood of Gordonsville, and directed Col-
onel Brown to move his division of artillery in the direction of
Locust Grove. Cutshaw's battaliot was ordered to report to Col-
onel Carter, who had been ordered some days before to the vicinity
of Raccoon Ford with Page's battalion, of his division. Nelson's
battalion had been some time on the front operating with Early's
division of infantry.
On the 5th all my artillery was concentrated at Locust Grove, on
the old turnpike from Orange Court-House to Fredericksburg, in
the immediate vicinity of the infantry of the Second Corps. On re-
porting to General Ewell I learned that the enemy was in his front.
Maj. den. Edward Johnson's division of infantry was advanced,
accompanied by Nelson's battalion of artillery. After moving a
short distance thd division was deployed across the pike, and one
battery (Milledge's) was put in position to the right of the road in
C. A. BATTLE,