Headquarters 28th Regiment N. C. T.
Near Richmond July 12, 1862
I have the honor to report that on Wednesday, 25 June, I left campus my Regiment numbering four hundred and eighty (480) , and with the balance of your brigade proceeded up the telegraph road, crossed chicken hominy on the morning of the 26 and advanced towards Meadow Bridge. Two of my companies were ordered to Mrs. Crenshaw's bridge to apprise Lieut. Col. Hope, with a portion of his Regiment which was doing picket duty on the south side of the chickahominy that the way was clear, we then continued our March towards Mechanicsville. The fight had commenced on our reaching this place and we were ordered to support a battery which was firing from the works to the left of the road. I had one man wounded that evening. We slept upon the field and were held as a support again next morning when the artillery opened upon us, and another one of my men was wounded. As soon as it was ascertained that the enemy had abandoned his position, and was in full retreat, we were ordered to follow and on reaching �Coal Color� the 7th N.C.T. and any Regiment ordered into the woods to the left of the road leading to the battlefield. The 7th proceeded us and when I was about form of my Regiment on its last, a sharp fire both of shell and infantry was opened upon us, causing one of the wings of the 7th to give way. On asking the course of this, I was informed by some of the company officers of the 7th whose names I do not know, that Col. Campbell had ordered them to fall back, and as there was a large pond of water in my rear, I led my Regiment out of the woods by the left flank, when I met you and was ordered back. I then marched up the road and wheeled my entire Regiment into the same piece of woods, Col. Lee followed with his Regiment, which he intended posting to my right, but the enemy opened upon him just as he was about to turn the angle of the road, and his right was thrown into confusion. This caused Companies D. A. G. I of the right wing and Co. H. to the left of the colors in my Regiment to give way, company D. promptly reformed and came into line the other three companies I am told reformed and attacked.