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nearer approach, it steadily pressed on.... Officers and men were falling rapidly under the withering fire of grape, canister and musketry. Lieutenant-Colonel Badham was shot in the forehead and fell dead.. Major Sinclair's horse was killed and he was disabled. Captains Garrett, Lea and Jones were all shot down, as were many of the subalterns Among them were Lieut. Thomas Snow, of Halifax, who was killed far in advance of his company, cheering on his men; and Lieutenants Boswell, Clark and Hays. Four hundred and fifteen men of this regiment answered to morning roll-call on that day; before night, the blood of 290 fed the soil of that bleak hill. Such losses are rarely chronicled. The Light Brigade at Balaklava took 600 men into action and lost only 247. Twenty-four commissioned officers of the Fifth regiment led their men up that slope; only four came out unhurt. No wonder that their antagonist for that day, General Hancock, said, in a generous burst of enthusiasm for such dar
later, Gordon, against them. The attack came before Jackson's men had finished their battle formation, and while there was still a wide gap between two of their brigades. Jackson's line of battle, commencing on the right, stood: Trimble, Forno (Hays), Early, Taliaferro, Campbell (Garnett), and Winder's brigade under Colonel Ronald in reserve. In the front line, the Twenty-first regiment and Wharton's sharpshooters were the only North Carolina troops, and they were not engaged until toward thish this the most persistent and furious onsets were made by column after column of infantry, accompanied by numerous batteries of artillery. Soon my reserves were all in, and up to 6 o'clock, my division, assisted by the Louisiana brigade of General Hays, commanded by Colonel Forno, with a heroic courage and obstinacy almost beyond parallel, had met and repulsed six separate and distinct assaults. Meanwhile, Longstreet had reached the field and taken position. At 6:30 o'clock, King's divis
ost handsomely served. During this time men had fallen as leaves fall. So thick were men lying that General Hood found difficulty in keeping his horse from stepping on wounded men. On the Federal side, General Mansfield was killed; Generals Hooker, Hartsuff, Crawford and many subordinates were wounded. On the Confederate side, General Starke and Colonel Douglass, commanding Lawton's brigade, had been killed; Generals Lawton, D. R. Jones and Ripley wounded. A third of the men of Lawton's, Hays' and Trimble's brigades were reported killed or wounded. Of Colquitt's field officers, 4 were killed, 5 wounded, and the remaining one struck slightly. All of Jackson's and D. H. Hill's troops engaged suffered proportionately. Manassas to Appomattox, p. 243. As Mansfield's men of the Twelfth corps deployed, Hooker's corps, worn from its struggle with Jackson, withdrew up the Hagerstown pike. General Longstreet says: Walker, Hood and D. H. Hill attacked against the Twelfth corps; worn
nforce McLaws, and directed these forces and Early's command to strike Sedgwick. This was done, and though a loss of 2,000 men was inflicted, Sedgwick after holding his ground until night crossed the river, and Lee's flank was clear. Sedgwick's corps sustained a loss of 4,590 in these engagements. Rebellion Records, XXV, 1, 191. In this last battle, Hoke's brigade was most actively engaged in the charge against Howe. The main assault was made upon Howe's left by the brigades of Hoke and Hays. These two brigades, although attacking with an easy contempt of danger, were repulsed until Gordon's brigade found opportunity to move down a ravine and take Howe in flank. This compelled Howe's hasty withdrawal. General Hoke was wounded in this charge. His brigade lost first and last 230 men. As Sedgwick was retreating toward the river, Manly's battery was called into play, and General Wilcox said: Captain Manly's battery rendered valuable service in shelling the retreating enemy nea
division reported, it went into action with Gordon on the right, next to Doles, Hays on his left, and Hoke's North Carolina brigade on the extreme Confederate left. idlersburg road. When the Eleventh corps was defeated, the brigades of Hoke and Hays were sent in pursuit. General Howard ordered Coster's brigade to advance and coed behind a fence on the hillside to the northeast of the town. Avery's men and Hays' Louisianians pressed toward Coster's fence. Shells from the artillery on top oust after the repulse of Early's two brigades. Early selected the brigades of Hays and Hoke (the latter commanded by Col. I. E. Avery) to dare the venture of that bristling hill. These two brigades, under the immediate command of General Hays, moved through the wide ravine between Culp's and Cemetery hills, up the rugged ascenSeventy-five North Carolinians of the Sixth regiment, and twelve Louisianians of Hays' brigade, scaled the wall and planted the colors of the Sixth North Carolina reg
t almost perfectly sheltering the men, and behind an embankment forming equally good protection. Hays' division, consisting of the brigades of Smyth, Carroll and Owen, held the center. On his right n, made up of Heath's and Mallon's brigades—Baxter not being present. Caldwell's division was on Hays' left, but the Confederate front was not long enough to reach his position, and only his skirmishnic-stricken through the ranks of the infantry. In the operations around Rappahannock Station, Hays' brigade occupied a tete-de-pont on the enemy's side of the Rappahannock. Hoke's brigade, now cos absence, from a severe wound, by Col. A. C. Godwin, was ordered to cross the river to reinforce Hays. There, on the 7th of November, these two brigades were completely surrounded by the Federal First and Second corps, and a large part of them forced to surrender in spite of the efforts of Hays and of Godwin, a splendid officer, to extricate them. General Early thus speaks of this unfortunate a
retreat. He was in command of three regiments of the brigade, the Sixth, Fifty-fourth and Fifty-seventh, during the disastrous affair at Rappahannock Station, November 7, 1863, and was sent across the river to occupy a tete-du-pont, in support of Hays' brigade. They were soon assailed by overwhelming numbers. Hays gave way, and Godwin soon found himself cut off from the bridge and completely surrounded. General Early reported that Colonel Godwin continued to struggle, forming successive linHays gave way, and Godwin soon found himself cut off from the bridge and completely surrounded. General Early reported that Colonel Godwin continued to struggle, forming successive lines as he was pushed back, and did not for a moment dream of surrender; but on the contrary, when his men had dwindled to sixty or seventy, the rest having been captured, killed or wounded, or lost in the darkness, and he was completely surrounded by the enemy, who were in fact mixed up with his men, some one cried out that Colonel Godwin's order was for them to surrender, and he immediately called for the man who made the declaration, and threatened to blow his brains out if he could find him, d