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Reports of the Battle of the Wilderness.

Besides this valuable result, the Plank road had been gained, and the enemy's lines "bent back" in much disorder—the way was open for greater fruits. His long lines of dead and wounded which lay in the wake of our "swoop" furnished evidence that he was not allowed time to "change front," as well as of the "execution of our fire." Among his wounded, Brigadier-General Wadsworth, commanding a division, fell into our hands.

Lieutenant-Colonel G. M. Sorrel, of General Longstreet's staff, who was with me in conducting this movement, and Captain Robertson Taylor, Assistant Adjutant-General of Mahone's brigade, who was wounded in the fight, specially deserve my earnest commendation for efficiency and conspicuous gallantry on this occasion.

The casualties of the brigade were as follows:

  1 officer and 19 men killed.
  3 " 123 " wounded.
  7 " missing.
Total, 4 " 149 "  

I am, Major, very respectfully, your obedient servant,

William Mahone, Briadier-General.

To Major T. S. Mills, A. A. G., Anderson's Division.