ly drowned in the one continuous roar of the deadly fire of small arms.
Before it, the Rifles, caught in the moment of executing a most difficult manoeuvre, melted away; more than half of the regiment falling in a few moments in this its baptismal fire.
The fire was scarcely less fatal to the 1st and 12th.
Of the 1st Lieutenant-Colonel A. M. Smith, Captain C. L. Boag, Lieutenants Grimke Rhett, Robert W. Rhett and A. J. Ashley were killed or mortally wounded.
Lieutenants B. M. Blease, Josiah Cox, John G. Barnwell and E. D. Brailsford were also wounded, and under the fire the whole color guard went down.
The loss of the 1st in this battle was 145, almost all of whom fell at this time.
As in all such incidents of intense excitement and violent and tragic scenes, the accounts of those who took part in this differ, and these differences increase as our memories fail as the years go by. But all agree that Color Sergeant Taylor—Jimmy Taylor, as we all affectionately called him—fell