1st North Carolina Cavalry at the Battle of Brandy Station

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Report of Col. L. S. Baker, First North Carolina Cavalry, of engagement
at Brandy Station.

June 10, 1863.
Capt.: I have the honor to report that my regiment was engaged
at various times yesterday, from early in the morning to late
in the evening.

The entire regiment was engaged fighting the enemy's infantry in
the morning with good success.

Capt. [W. R.] Wood (a squadron dismounted) charged the
enemy's infantry, driving them rapidly back. I consider that the
most brilliant part of the day's work performed by the regiment.

The regiment made two charges with perfect success on cavalry,
capturing the standard of the Tenth New York Regt., and routing
them.

The whole regiment behaved admirably. Capt. [R.] Barringer
was wounded severely in the face. Killed, 5; wounded, 12; missing,
14. By the best calculation I can make, by referring to the several
captains, the number of prisoners captured and sent to the rear was
137.

Nearly all these, with their arms, horses, and whatever they had,
were turned over to the provost-marshal and other officers in the
rear who seemed to take charge. I cannot tell the number of horses
and equipments captured, as they were turned over with the prisoners;
but I find this morning in my regiment 19 horses, 9 saddles,
36 guns, 28 pistols, and 12 sabers. Seven horses have been sent to
the brigade quartermaster. The others were required to supply the
places of horses killed, wounded, and lost.

The arms have been turned in, and I would be glad to retain all
the pistols, as I am very deficient in that particular arm, and sufficient
quantity of the arms to supply the deficiency caused by accidental
loss on the field.

I have the honor to report the names of Capt.'s Wood and [W.
H. H.] Cowles for marked gallantry, and to acknowledge my thanks
to my adjutant (Lieut. [J. L.] Gaines) for his great coolness and
assistance rendered me in reforming my regiment and keeping them
in proper order to resist the enemy.

My major ([J. H.] Whitaker), although on the sick report and
very unwell, remained all day, doing all in his power.

I am, captain, with much respect,

L. S. BAKER,
Col. First North Carolina Cavalry.

Capt. T. G. Barker,
Assistant Adjutant-Gen., Cavalry Brigade.

Source: Official Records, Series I, Vol. 27, Part II, Reports, Serial No. 44

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