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that meant to conquer, were now rapidly descending upon the en-
emy's left. The movement was a success—complete as it was
brilliant. The enemy were swept from our front on the plank road,
Where his advantages of position had been already felt by our line,
and from which the necessity for his dislodgment had become a mat-
ter of much interest. Besides this valuable result the plank road
had been gained and the enemy's lines bent back in much disorder ;
the way was open for greater fruits. His long lines of dead and
wounded which lay in the wake of our swoop furnished evidence
that he was not allowed time to change front, as well as of the exe-
cution of our fire. Among his wounded Brigadier-General Wads-
worth, commanding a division, fell into our hands.
Lieut. Col. G. M. Sorrel, of General Longstreet's staff, who was
with me in conducting this movement, and Capt. Robertson Taylor,
assistant adjutant-general of Mahone's brigade, who was wounded
in the fight, specially deserve- my earnest commendation for effi-
ciency and conspicuous gallantry on this occasion.
The casualties of the brigade were as follows : Officers, 1 killed
and 3 wounded ; men, 19 killed, 123 wounded, 7 missing ; total, 20
killed, 126 wounded, 7 missing.
I am, major, very respectfully, your obedient servant,
Maj. T. S. MILLS,
Assistant Adjutant-General, Anderson's Division.
Report of Brig. Gen. Nathaniel H. Harris, C. S. Army, command-
ing brigade, of operations May 12-13.
Petersburg, Va., December 5, 1864.
MAJOR : Your note of the 30th ultimo relative to the request made
by me for an acknowledgment from General Ewell of the services
of my command on May 12 last, and asking a report in detail of the
operations of my brigade on that day, and also of such other com-
mands of General Ewell's corps as came under my observation, has
been received. The following copy of my official report of that
day's operations will be the best means of complying with your
On the morning of May 12 I received orders to move by the right flank and at a
double-quick across the Po River in the direction of Spotsylvania Court-House.
Halting near the Court-House for a few minutes, orders were received from General
Lee, through Lieutenant-Colonel Venable, of his staff, to move by the flank on a
road leading in the direction of the works lost by the division of General Edward
Johnson. The command was soon under a most galling fire of grape and canister
from the enemy's batteries, through which the men moved at a double-quick, dis-
playing that coolness and steadiness under fire indicative of the veteran soldier.
Arriving near the lost works, Major-General Rodes informed me that my command
was expected to form on the right of Ramseur's brigade, of his division, and re-
capture the works General Rodes gave me as a guide a staff officer, whose name
I have been unable to ascertain, and under his guidance I moved by the right flank
on a road which I afterward discovered ran at right angles with the line of works,
and was soon exposed to a heavy musketry and artillery fire. M this point the