Report of Brig. Gen. William Mahone, C. S. Army, Commanding Mahone's Brigade.
DECEMBER 11-15, 1862.--Battle of Fredericksburg, Va.
O.R.-- SERIES I--VOLUME XXI [S# 31]
HDQRS. MAHONE'S BRIGADE, ANDERSON'S DIVISION,
December 21, 1862.
Maj. THOMAS S. MILLS,
Assistant Adjutant-General, Anderson's Division.
MAJOR: In response to the call from division headquarters, I beg to present the following statement of the operations of this brigade in the late bombardment and battle of Fredericksburg:
Promptly after the signal of alarm, Thursday, the 11th instant, the brigade was placed in the position assigned it by the division commander--immediately in rear of the line of battle selected, in the event of any attack upon our own front. For the most part the brigade continued under arms in this position during the period of the fight, and, in fact, until Tuesday, the 16th instant, when the enemy evacuated Fredericksburg and recrossed the Rappahannock.
In the mean time, however, it always had a regiment, and sometimes two, in advance of the batteries on the front, which were exposed to the enemy's artillery fire, and which, though active, and especially on Saturday and Sunday, occasioned but 8 casualties in the brigade.
It may not be amiss to add that much work in the erection of batteries and rifle-pits was performed by the troops of the brigade during the four days of the battle. Among these works may be mentioned the one as of special advantage in dislodging the enemy from behind the hills on the right of the Plank road.
I am, major, very respectfully, your most obedient servant,
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