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e all thought of home, wife, friends, earth, or heaven.
The absorbing thought was the success of our army.
Will you surrender?
demanded Colonel Gladden.
I have discharged my last bullet, sir, I replied.
He commanded me to mount my horse.
My captors then seized hold of me, and, throwing me across my wounded horse, made a rapid retreat.
Our boys were coming at double quick, and so impetuous was their charge towards the enemy, who was now approaching-consisting of Beauregard's advance guard of five thousand cavalry — that they began retreating in wild confusion.
More than a hundred riderless horses ran dashing past me. The conflict became general and terrific, and the mighty, sweeping onset of our brave boys was only stayed by the opening of Bragg's front battery, which incessantly poured forth its shot and shell.
During this interim, myself and the guards detailed to take charge of me were located in a ravine, and hence the cannon shots passed over our head