the charge until General Lee withdrew from the field, he then being at a very exposed point.
In making this charge a contest arose between two of the brigade officers, which proved that the race, (if not always) is sometimes to the swift.
Major Brooks, of the 20th North Carolina, and Captain James F. Johnston, aid-de-camp to General R. D. Johnston, were the participants.
A flag of the enemy had been planted on the breastworks occupied by Doles' Brigade, now held by three lines of battle.
In the charge made to retake the works, each of these two officers made a dash for the flag.
Brooks reached out his hand just in front of Johnston and seized the flag, carried it back to the rear, and presented it to General Lee with the request that it be sent to North Carolina as one of the trophies of the brigade.
It was sent to North Carolina, with a letter from General Lee very complimentary to North Carolina troops.
After the recapture of the line of breastworks the brigade was again