Guards, and company H, Wright Infantry — were commanded by Colonel Butts in person, being to my left sixty yards, remained in their position, being not so exposed as they, when on lower ground, which protected company D and company H very much.
Company I, being on the right of these companies, nearest the right companies under my command, suffered more than the other two companies, owing to a part of it being stationed on rising ground.
Two of the companies of our regiment--company K, Stewart Grays, and company B, Jackson Blues, (company K under command of Lieutenant Rockwell, and company B under Captain Lewis,) being on picket, collected their men on the post to the left of the road, and entered the fight at the time the companies did on the right, (which was composed of those companies on reserve, and not on post that day.) I did not see them, or know they were in the fight, until afterward.
We fought about a half or three quarters of an hour against overwhelming numbers, said t