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Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 21. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), chapter 1.38 (search)
War's bravest deeds. [from the Richmond, Va., dispatch, January 30, 1894.] The heroism of private Chew Coleman, of Crenshaw's Battery, at Spotsylvania Courthouse, May, 1864. In the desperate battle of Spotsylvania Courthouse, in May, 1864, when Grant and Lee were approaching Richmond on parallel lines, the Crenshaw Battery, of Pegram's Battalion, Army of Northern Virginia, was ordered by General Harry Heth to change its position to another part of the field. While the guns were being l
chest of the caisson, and the heat set fire to the next one, but it did not explode immediately.
The driver of the lead team, in his fright, tumbled from his horse, and the team made straight for the enemy's lines.
The wheel driver, however (Chew Coleman, of Spotsylvania, by name), kept his seat, although next to the exploded chest, and the heat set fire to his jacket, which burned through to the skin, and, notwithstanding the flesh was crisping up, and he was suffering the most excruciating p