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Several squadrons of the enemy's cavalry charged through the pickets of a Texas regiment and were galloping up to one of our batteries with the evident purpose of spiking the guns, when they were met by a charge of the 9th Georgia regiment, killing and wounding a number. This was the first check this column met with. On their retreat they encountered several other regiments coming up from different points, and suffered greatly from their fire.
Early next morning the brigade was moved back to the main line, and threw up breastworks.
The reports of regimental commanders, together with the com- plete list of the killed and wounded, have already been forwarded. It would be invidious to speak of individual gallantry where all behaved so well.
I am, Major, very respectfully,
Your obedient servant,
W. W. WHITE, Colonel, Commanding Brigade.
Report of Goneral H. L. Benning.
HEADQUARTERS BENNING'S BRIGADE, 3rd August, 1863.
In obedience to an order from the headquarters of this division, I have the honor to submit to you the following report of the operations of this brigade since it left Culpeper Courthouse for the other side of the Potomac :
About 2 or 3 o'clock P. M., on the 2nd of July ultimo, I was informed by Major-General Hood that his division, as the right of Lieutenant-General Longstreet's corps, were about to attack the left of the enemy's line, and that in the attack my brigade would fol- low Law's brigade at the distance of about four hundred yards. In order to get to the place they assigned me, in the rear of General Law, it was necessary to move the brigade five or six hundred yards further to the right. Having done this, I advanced in line of battle. A wood intervened between us and the enemy, which, though it did not prevent their shelb from reaching us and producing some