Adjutant and Inspector General Reports
CAMP ADVANCE, Chain Bridge, VA.,
Headquarters Third Regiment Vt. Volunteers,
September 12, 1861.
COL.: I have the honor to report that while your command, of which my regiment formed a part, was advancing to Lewinsville yesterday I threw out several companies as skirmishers and in advance of the column on the right and left. The skirmishers on the left, about three-fourths of a mile from Lewinsville, discovered several mounted men, evidently the enemy's pickets, who fled precipitately at their approach. At a point 1½ miles beyond Lewinsville they met the enemy's infantry pickets and drove them in after a few moments' skirmish, in which 1 of our men was slightly wounded. In the afternoon, having received your order to march back to camp, my battalion was put in motion. The enemy having placed a battery commanding the road and nearly enfilading it, we were soon in the line of its fire. We received no serious damage till my left had arrived at the point most exposed, when a shell exploded nearly in the center of Company C, Capt. Corbin's, killing and wounding several men, a list of whom is given below.
It is with much pride that I refer to the steady, soldier-like bearing of my regiment under their first fire. I beg leave to speak of the good behavior of the Seventy-ninth Regiment New York Highlanders, immediately preceding my own. In passing up and down the regiments I saw nothing but good order, steadiness, and even cheerfulness under the trying fire of the enemy.
B. N. HYDE,
Col. Third Regiment Vt. Volunteers
Col. ISAAC I. STEVENS,
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