44th Georgia Volunteer Infantry, Co. C.
The Johnson Guards

July 15 thru 17 2016 155th Manassas at Middletown Va.

 

To Commander, 44th Georgia, Company C

 

Sir,

 

In obedience to Orders, I have the honor to submit the following report of the operations of the 44th Georgia, Company C under the command of Captain Clark J. Van Buskirk in the field from July 22 to July 24, inclusive:

Under orders to report to the Sovereign State of Virginia, the 44th Georgia was put into camp on familiar grounds, and was assigned to a field position shielded from the main road by a rise to the east and southeast, providing a panoramic view of the surrounding topography.

In the early evening of the 22nd we received orders to form up and marched to a position in the fore of an impressive array of artillery. To our far right was supporting infantry, the 44th occupying the extreme left flank of the Army.

Within minutes of our arrival we spotted Union Cavalry and Infantry advancing upon our position and thus began the defense of Rich Mountain. Under the command of new Regimental leadership, the 44th and a sky blue shirted Company who we fell in with delivered a constant barrage of lead into the persistent blue bellies until the pressure from the Yankees forced us to sacrifice our position and reform higher upon the crest.

A counterattack by our forces regained the fortifications we had vacated and we soon drove the aggressors from the area.

On Saturday morning we arose and participated in Dress Parade for the Brigade Commander, then retired to the vicinity of our camp where Chaplain Tillet led us in a Memorial Tribute to the fallen Sgt. Major Marty Runner.

Over the next two days we remained active in heavy fighting, defending Blackburn’s Ford on Saturday aside the boys from Tennessee (God Willed It), taking severe casualties to our ranks, but inflicting much more carnage to the Yankee lines. On Sunday we took position behind the fortifications on Matthew’s Hill, taking a stand with numbers afflicted by desertions and losses due to the effects of the intense heat. Pressed by the Union offense we retreated in an organized manner, reforming aside the Virginians and “Stonewall” Jackson. Rallying, we advanced, screaming like demons, releasing volley after volley into the retreating Union lines, taking the field within view of many curious onlookers who came out for a Sunday afternoon and an “entertaining battle”.  Then the Yankees broke and were on the run back to Washington.

Short of targets and ammunition the engagement closed in the early afternoon and we broke camp, Proud of our accomplishments.

I am, Captain, very respectfully, your obedient servant,
James Marshall
Corporal