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My Quartermaster, Joseph A. Engelhard, did the same as soon as it was possible.
All the gentlemen named bore themselves with marked gallantry and devotion. Captain Marmaduke Johnson's battery was attached to my brigade until so much disabled in action as to render it necessary to order it to the rear for repairs. I have reason to think that it performed very important service, but as it was not under my eye, and I have received no report from the Captain, I am not able to report the particulars of its action.
I beg leave to say, in conclusion, that it was a week of hard fighting and hard marching with my brigade, presenting few inci- dents to be committed to paper. I herewith present reports from the commanders of my regiments, to which I ask the attention of the Major-General commanding the division.
Very respectfully, your obedient servant,
L. O'B. BRANCH, Brigadier- General
REPORT OF COLONEL COWAN.
HEADQUARTERS EIGHTEENTH REGIMENT N". C. TROOPS, NEAR RICHMOND, VA., July, 1862,
General I have the honor to submit the following report of the operations of this regiment under my command in the recent battles around Richmond.
Our march across the Chickahominy, on the morning of Thurs- day, June 26th, and down its northern banks to Mechanicsville, having been conducted under your personal dirction, it is not necessary to refer to its incidents.
We reached Mechanicsville Thursday afternoon in time to par- ticipate in the attack upon the batteries which commanded that crossing, but were not prominently engaged. Thursday night we were ordered to defend the batteries planted upon the position which had been taken from the enemy, from any attempt that might be made to retake them during the night. Consequently we slept upon our arms in the immediate vicinity, with the proper picket force out on all sides ; but no demonstration was made by the enemy. Friday morning, at dawn of day, he opened upon us with his artillery, and the fire was continued until his position was turned and he was thus forced to abandon it. In all these engagements, however, my men were but little exposed, and my loss was very slight only three men being wounded by the explo- sion of a shell.