CHAP. LIV.] THE RICHMOND CAMPAIGN. 799
and about 50 prisoners, including a lieutenant-colonel in command of
the works. My loss in officers and men was quite heavy. Capt. D. C.
Rix, Eighty-first New York Volunteers, a very meritorious young offi-
cer, was killed just previous to emerging upon the open ground. The
column had scarcely entered the works when the brave Brigadier-Gen-
eral Burnham was mortally wounded by a musket-ball in the bowels.
He survived but a few moments.
During the events of the morning I had lost from my staff Capt. M.
B. Bessey, Twenty-fifth Massachusetts Infantry Volunteers, and acting
assistant inspector-general, by shell wound in leg; Capt. L. N. Con-
verse, Second New Hampshire Volunteers and assistant provost-mar-
shal, musket-ball in mouth, and Lieut. W. J. Ladd, Thirteenth New
Hampshire Volunteers, musket-ball in neck.
Moving with my Second Brigade, now commanded by Col. M. T.
Donohoe, and my Third Brigade, commanded by Col. E. M. Cullen,
Ninety-sixth New York Volunteers (Colonel Roberts having been
relieved on account of severe illness),, we drove the enemy successively
from two lunettes which were thrown out from their main line of works
at intervals of about 600 yards and compelled him to retire to his third
and last remaining defense in this line of works. My First Brigade,
meanwhile, now under command of Lieut. Col. J. B. Raulston, Eighty-
first New York Volunteers (Colonel Stevens having been severely
wounded in the leg while leading his brigade in the assault—and I.
would here respectfully recommend that this officer be promoted for
bravery and efficiency on the battle-field), remained in the captured
work, throwing out a strong line of skirmishers toward the enemy's
inner line of works, and to which his main body had retreated. The
work which the enemy now held in his first line was situated directly
on the river:bank, and was covered by the fire of one of his gun-boats,
as well as by a field battery so stationed as to be able to take the work
in reverse should it be captured. The work itself mounted three heavy
guns, and in view of the serious loss which must follow an attempt to
dislodge the party holding it, and the impossibility of holding it when
captured, I withdrew my troops. The enemy, seeing the movement,
which occurred just before sunset, followed up his supposed advantage,
until I opened upon him from*he battery on the hill with a half battery
of light 12's belonging to the Third Regiment of New York Light Artil-
lery. A few rounds of canister sent the pursuing party quickly to
cover, and my troops were quietly withdrawn to Battery Harrison for
better defense during the night.
During this movement Colonel Donohoe, Tenth New Hampshire,
commanding brigade, and Lieutenant-Colonel Nichols, One hundred
and eighteenth New York, were both severely wounded—and here I
have the honor to ask that these officers may receive promotion for
highly meritorious conduct.
My casualties during the day's operation were heavy in proportion to
the strength of the command. My field return for 28th of September
gave 3,115 men for duty. One regiment (Fifth Maryland Volunteers)
had been left in camp, reducing this number by 260 men. Of these I lost
as follows: Commissioned officers—killed, 8; wounded, 36. Enlisted
men—killed7 84; 84. wounded1 466. Total, 92 killed and 502 wounded.
Three hundred and thirty men were also reported missing but as the
enemy had made no captures from my command, and the command be-
came somewhat mixed up during and immediately succeeding the
assault, I think this number will be materially reduced, if not quite
canceled. Lists, by name, of the killed and wounded have been duly
forwarded to the proper authority.