OiTAP. 3tiNtIt.1 RAPIDAN TO THE JAME8.
sixth Ohio in the rear line. Under orders from Brigadier-General
Seymour, skirmishers were advanced from the two regiments in the
front line, who soon brought on a brisk skirmish. Capt. Luther
Brown, One hundred and tenth Ohio, and Capt. C. K. Prentiss, Sixth
Maryland, who were in command of our skirmishers, pressed the
enemy's skirmishers back for a short distance, and closely engaged
them until about 5 p. m., when an advance of the brigade was made.
I received orders from General Seymour to assume general charge
of the first line, to press the enemy, and, if possible, outflank him
upon his left. The troops charged forward in gallant style, pressing
the enemy back by 6 p. m. about one-half mile, when we came
upon him upon the slope of a hill, intrenched behind logs, which
had been hurriedly thrown together. During the advance the troops
were twice halted, and a fire opened, killing and wounding a con-
siderable number of the enemy. The front line being upon the ex-
treme right of the army, and the troops upon its left (said to have
been commanded by Brigadier-General Neill) failing to move for-
ward in conjunction with it, I deemed it prudent to halt, without
making an attack upon the enemy's line. After a short consultation
with Col. John W. Horn, I sent word to Brigadier-General Seymour
that the advance line of the brigade was unsupported upon either
flank, and that the enemy overlapped the right and left of the line,
and was apparently in heavy force, rendering it impossible for the
troops to attain success in a further attack. This word was sent by
Lieutenant Gump, of General Seyinour's staff. I soon after received
an order to attack at once. Feeling sure that the word I sent had not
been received, I delayed until a second order was received to attack.
I accordingly made the attack without further delay.. The attack
was made about 7 p. m. The troops were in a thick and dense
wilderness. The line was advanced to within 150 yards of the ene-
my's works, under a most' terrible fire from the front and flanks.
It was impossible to succeed ; but the two regiments, notwithstand-
ing, maintained their ground, and kept up a rapid fire for nearly
three hours, and then retired under orders for a short distance only.
I was wounded about 8.30 p. m., by a rifle-ball passing through both
bones of the left fore-arm, but did not relinquish command until 9
p. m. The troops were required to maintain this unequal contest
under the belief that other troops were to attack the enemy upon his
flank. In this attack, the Sixth Maryland lost in killed 2 officers and
16 men, and 8 officers and 132 men wounded ; and the One hundred
and tenth Ohio lost 1 officer and 13 men killed, and 6 officers and 93
men wounded, making an aggregate in the two regiments of 271.
Maj. William S. McElwain, One hundred and tenth Ohio, who
had won the commendations of all who knew him, for his skill,
judgment, and gallantry, was among the killed. Lieutenant Myers,
Sixth Maryland, was also killed. Capt. John M. Smith and Lieut.
Joseph McKnight, One hundred and tenth Ohio, and Capt. Adam
B. Martin, Sixth Maryland, were mortally wounded and have since
died. Capt. J. B. Van Eaton and Lieuts. H. H. Stevens and G. 0.
McMillen, One hundred and tenth 'Ohio, Maj. J. C. Hill, Capts. A.
Billingslea, J. L. Goldsborough, J. J. Bradshaw, and J. R. Rouzer,
and Lieuts. J. A. Schwartz, C. A. Damuth and D. J. Smith, Sixth
Maryland, were more or less severely wounded. All displayed the
greatest bravery, and deserve the thanks of the country. Col. John
W. Horn, Sixth Maryland, and Lieut. Col. 0. H. Binkley, One hun-
dred and tenth Ohio, deserve to be specially mentioned for their