n the dense chaparral it was not possible to hold the regiments to their lines, and in places the companies were obliged to break files to get along.
All of the enemy's artillery opened, and soon his musketry.
The lines closed in to short work, even to bayonet work at places.
Lieutenant-Colonel McIntosh had a bayonet thrust through his mouth and neck.
He had a similar wound in the war of 1812. Lieutenant R. M. Cochran, Fourth Regiment, and T. L. Chadbourne, of the Eighth, were killed; C. R. Gates and C. D. Jordan, of the Eighth, were severely wounded.
The latter, a classmate, was overpowered and about to be slaughtered when rescued by Lieutenant George Lincoln, of the Eighth, who slew with his sword one of the assailants.
Finding the enemy's strong fight, in defence, by his artillery, General Taylor ordered Captain May to charge and capture the principal battery.
The squadron was of his own and S. P. Graham's troops.
The road was only wide enough to form the dragoons in col