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my regiment with Semmes' brigade behind the wall, and placing pickets well to the front, I commenced the melancholy task of looking upon my numerous dead and wounded. It was a sad list- First among the dead was the brave and able officer, Colonel W. D. DeSaussuere, the senior colonel of the brigade, whom I had been pleased to regard as my successor in command should any casualty create a vacancy. His loos to his regiment is irreparable ; to his State and the country, not to be estimated. Major McLeod, of the Eighth South Carolina regiment, a gallant and estimable officer, was mortally wounded. Colonel John D. Kennedy, of the Second South Carolina regiment, was severely wounded while gallantly leading his command to the charge. Lieutenant-Colonel Gaillard conducted^the regiment through its subsequent operations. Lieutenant-Colonel Bland, of the Seventh South Carolina regiment, while commanding the right wing of the regiment with his usual courage and ability, was severely wounded ; as was also Major D. B. Miller, same battalion. A long list of brave and efficient officers sealed their devotion to the glorious cause with their blood, each of whom merits special attention did the proper limits of this re- port admit it. All the officers and men of the command behaved most admirably, and are entitled to the gratitude of the country. I am especially indebted to the members of my staff, Captain Holmes, A. A. G.; Lieutenant Doby, A. D. C., and Lieutenan Dwight, A. A. I. G., for most efficient^, services on the field under the most difficult circumstances.
About dark I was ordered to move my brigade to the left to the Peach Orchard, where I remained until noon of the next day, when I was ordered to return to the stone wall. An hour later I was directed to return to the wall where I had first formed line of battle. Hood's cjivisi 011 ? then commanded by General Law, was engaged with the enemy's cavalry in his front, his line being formed across our right flank. Lieutenant- General Longstreet directed me to move to the right so as to connect with Hood's left, retaining my then front. This I did, and remained in that posi- tion until the night of the 4th, when, about midnight, I moved with the army via Franklin to Montery. On the 6th, marched through Hagerstown via Waterloo, and camped near Funkstown. On the 10th I was directed to proceed with my own and Semmes< brigades and a section of Frazier's battery to the bridge across