No. 40. Capt. James H. Horton.

No. 40.

Report of Capt. J. H. Horton, Forty-eighth Regiment Virginia Infantry.

Camp Near Liberty Mills, Va.,     
August 13, 1862.

     Lieutenant:    I herewith transmit a report of the part taken by the Forty-eighth Regiment, of the Second Brigade, commanded by Capt. William Y. C. Hannum, in the battle of the 9th instant:

     My regiment, being the advance of the Second Brigade, left camp near Rapidan River about 8 a. m. and followed the First Brigade until about 2 p. m., when it was ordered with the rest of the brigade to the front, when we were halted to allow the Hampden Artillery (Captain Caskie’s battery) to pass to the front, during which time a shell from the enemy’s gun, bursting in our ranks, killed 5 and wounded 6 men.  The order was given to advance, when leaving the road to the left we proceeded about a quarter of a mile under cover of the woods for the space of half an hour.  At the expiration of half an hour we were again ordered to advance by the flank a distance of probably a quarter of a mile, when we were thrown into line of battle upon the left of the Twenty-first Virginia Regiment, which constituted the right of our brigade, the Forty-second Virginia Regiment upon our left.  The regiment, at this time being commanded by Captain Hannum, was, by order of Lieutenant-Colonel Garnett, so thrown into line as to cause the right and left flanks to form right angles with each other. Skirmishers were sent to the front, with orders to fire as soon as the enemy came within range of their guns.  The firing soon began with the skirmishers, which [in a few] minutes became general, and lasted for about an hour.  Finding that the enemy had got in our rear, almost entirely surrounding us, we were ordered to make our way out;  but a portion of the regiment not understanding the order remained at their post, continuing to fire at the enemy in front.  At this time re-enforcements came up, driving the enemy from our rear.  Our regiment was partially reformed and then participated in a charge made across the field, pursuing the enemy until dark.

     The casualties are as follows:   Missing, 4;  killed, 19;  wounded, 43.

J. H. HORTON,        
Captain, Commanding Forty-eighth Regiment Virginia Vols.

     Second Lieut. Thomas R. Dunn,
           Acting Assistant Adjutant-General.