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CONFEDERATE MILITARY HISTORY.

25, 1864, on a scouting expedition to the northern part of Alabama.

No. 73—(906) Mentioned in General Rousseau's report of fight at Ten Islands, August 14, 1864.

No. 74—(997) Gen. Gid. J. Pillow in his report of the engagement at Lafayette, Ga, June 24, 1864, says: "After Colonel Armistead was wounded, the command of his brigade devolved upon Colonel Ball, whose gallantry and skill in command were all that I could expect or wish." Seven killed, 18 wounded at Lafayette, Ga., June 24, 1864. (998-999) Col. C. G. Armistead says: "To Col. C. P. Ball the command is greatly indebted for the good order and promptness with which it carried itself in the fight. By the death of Major Redwood, and the wounding of Lieutenant-Colonel Hatch, he was thrown entirely upon his own resources in maintaining the good order and efficiency of his command and the discipline of his troops." (1000-1002) Col. Charles P. Ball in his report says: "After a short but severe conflict, I succeeded in driving the enemy. I moved forward to the court house and gave the order to charge. This was nobly and gallantly done. The enemy opened a destructive fire from the court house, jail, and other buildings, which caused the line to fall back to cover, but it was soon rallied. In this charge the Ninth (Eighth) Alabama lost two gallant officers, Capt. C. E. England, Company E, and First Lieut. S. S. Johnston, commanding Company F, the former wounded, the latter killed, within twenty steps of the court house. Lieutenant-Colonel Hatch was wounded while gallantly leading his regiment. He, however, remained upon the field. Where all acted so gallantly it is hard to discriminate, but I cannot close without calling attention to Captain Harrison, Company H, Ninth (Eighth) Alabama, who was wounded and left in the hands of the enemy (where the fight was thickest, there he was); Lieutenant McLemore, Company D, Ninth (Eighth) Alabama, for conspicuous gallantry and good service; First Sergeant White, Company C, and Private Green, Company G, for their coolness and courage, being the only ones who followed to the court house. I regret having to mention the