Report of Capt. Orren Williams, Second North Carolina Infantry.
SIR: The Second Regiment North Carolina troops, Maj. D. W. Hurtt commanding, went into action July 1, 1863, near the town of Gettysburg, Pa., about 1 p. m. After maneuvering on the field about half an hour, its commander (Major Hurtt) was wounded, and he delivered the command of the regiment to Captain [James T.] Scales, the senior captain present.
While advancing through the field fronting the railroad, the regiment received a flank fire from the enemy, posted behind a stone fence on our right, but he was soon driven from his position by the Thirtieth and Fourteenth Regiments. The regiment continued to advance, and the enemy retreated into the town. Our sharpshooters being in front of the regiment, prevented our firing upon the enemy in his retreat.
The officers and men, as usual, acted well.
We lost no colors and captured none; but we captured a goodly number of prisoners.
Captain, Comdg. Second Regiment North Carolina Troops.