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Terry

Report on W. R. Terry's Virginia Company of Cavalry at the Battle of First Manassas, July 21, 1861.

Report of Capt. W. P. Terry, commanding troop of cavalry.

JULY 23, 1861.

I have the honor to report the movements of the cavalry company under my command in the engagement of the 21st, as follows:

Early in the morning, soon after the firing of cannon was heard beyond the stone bridge on the turnpike in the direction of Centreville, I drew up the company near Bull Run below the bridge, and posted skirmishers, according to orders received from you. We had not remained in that position long before I received orders from you to bring up my company to the point where the action had commenced, (woods beyond stone house). I then posted them near the skirt of woods behind which the firing was going on. Soon afterwards, according to orders, we took position on the hill-side to protect a piece of artillery, and remained until it fired thirty rounds, and we received orders to retire. Afterwards during the day we protected artillery at two other points on the field. Falling in with Colonel Radford's Rangers late in the day, when the order was given to charge the enemy, I proceeded with them, and took part in the general pursuit. The men under my command killed several of the enemy in the charge, captured about eighty prisoners and seven horses, and took two stand of colors, one regimental. Among the prisoners taken were Colonel Corcoran, of New York; Lieutenant Gordon of Colonel Keyes staff; a captain and a lieutenant belonging to a Michmgan company.

We had the good fortune to come out of the engagement with only one killed and one slightly wounded.

Respectfully submitted.
W. R. TERRY Captain

General EVANS.


SOURCE: Official Records of the War of the Rebellion, Series 1, Volume 2, pg. 562


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