Head Quarts. 37th Regt. N.C.V.
July 13, 1862
The 37th Regiment left its camp on 25th June pursuant to orders, with the other Regts. composing your Brigade, and on the 26th crossed the Chickahominy. On the evening of the 26 my command reached Mechanicsville and was exposed to some severe fire from artillery, which wounded severely several men and two officers but the Regiment was not otherwise engaged. On the evening of the 27th we reach Coal Harbour and my command was ordered into action. Not knowing the position of the [there is no word here] we moved up the road some 200 yards when the enemy opened a deadly fire upon us killing several and wounding a large number. The swamp and thick undergrowth rendered it very difficult to form the Regiment in the line of battle which together with the destructive fire of the enemy, threw it into considerable confusion, thereby rendering it inefficient for a short time until order could be restored, during the engagement it behaved very well.
On Monday evening the 30th just my Regt. with the other regiments of your command charge the strong position occupied by the enemies artillery and infantry, throughout this engagement my Regiment behaved with great gallantry driving the enemy before them with great loss.
On Tuesday evening the Regiment was again under arms and under fire, but was not engaged.
All the officers of my command behaved well except those who have been reported to general Hill under previous orders. I take pleasure in mentioning especially Capt. Horton who remained with his company during these trying scenes, although more then 60 years old and worn out I exposure and fatigue.
In the action of Monday evening Col. Lee was killed while gallantry leading the Regiment into action. He was a brave experience officer and a fine man. His loss will be severely felt Lieut. Isham Heartzog was mortally wounded on Friday evening and has since died. He was an excellent officer and a brave