Report of Captain James Harley Waters, Fifth Virginia Volunteers
SUPPLEMENT TO THE O.R. – VOL.1: REPORTS ADDENDUM TO SERIES I, VOL. 2, p. 191
Dear Sir: I have to report to you that neither my company nor myself was at Stone Bridge on the evening of July 21 as, unser your order, I had taken my whole company near the house on the hill above the battery with instructions to search for the dead and wounded and carry them off the field.
I had with me at the battery more than two-thirds of my company, which went into the battle eighty strong and but for those sent back with the wounded and killed during the fight, I think I might have counted at the battery all but three or four. I do not know of any that left the field without my leave.
J. H. Waters,
Captain, [West Augusta Guards] Company L,
Fifth Regiment Virginia Volunteers
Captain Waters had my consent to look after his killed and wounded as stated. The order to march in pursuit was received after my consent was given and I could not delay to collect his company.
[John W. Daniel Papers (#158), Manuscripts Division, Special Collections Department, University of Virginia Library]