Report of Colonel John. L. Chatfield, Third Connecticut Volunteers
SUPPLEMENT TO THE O.R. – VOL.1: REPORTS ADDENDUM TO SERIES I, VOL. 2, pp 170-171
THIRD REGIMENT CONNECTICUT VOLUNTEERS
July 24, 1861
[Sir:] I marched with my command from Centreville, Virginia, on Sunday at 12 o’clock a.m., and proceeded along the Warrenton Turnpike to Bull Run; after being on the road several hours, formed on the east side of the run, and marched against a body of the enemy and routed them, then changed position to the left, formed and charged upon the enemy’s battery, which was supported by a loarge body of infantry.
The regiment made a fine charge, but was obliged to fall back (the enemy being in very much larger force of infantry, beside their battery), which we did in good order. After engaging the enemy some three hours at different points, we were ordered off the field, which we did in good order, and our retreat covered the retreating forces and brought in two pieces of artillery, one caisson, and several baggage wagons, and the wagon of sappers and miners, together with all their tools and twenty horses.
During the whole engagement both officers and men behaved well and stood up to the work. I would here mention more particularly Major [Alexander] Warner and Adjutant Redfield Duryee for their coolness during the whole action in assisting to keep the men in line and urging them on to action.
Respectfully, your obedient servant,
JOHN L. CHATFIELD
[Rebellion Records, Volume II, page 13]