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Maj. Jed. Hotchkiss, Confederate Military History, a library of Confederate States Military History: Volume 3, Virginia (ed. Clement Anselm Evans) 2 0 Browse Search
The Daily Dispatch: November 17, 1860., [Electronic resource] 2 0 Browse Search
The Daily Dispatch: may 14, 1862., [Electronic resource] 1 1 Browse Search
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rth Carolina and Southern Virginia, and here Harris, now promoted colonel, found immediate field for work at Drewry's bluff, where his services and advice contributed greatly to the successful defense of the Confederate lines. He continued on duty in the defense of Petersburg, with promotion to the rank of brigadier-general, until his death, October 10, 1864. Major-General Henry Heth Major-General Henry Heth was born in Chesterfield county, Va., December 16, 1825. He is the son of John Heth, of the Black Heth estate, in that county, who served as a colonel in the volunteer forces of Virginia, and as an officer in the United States navy in the war of 1812, when he was captured with Decatur and taken to Bermuda, whence he escaped with two comrades in an open boat. An uncle of his, Col. William Heth, fought at Quebec under General Montgomery and was distinguished in the revolutionary war. Henry Heth was educated at the United States military academy, and graduated in 1847 with
s for their sport. We are fast coming to that period of life when it is more agreeable to talk about sporting than to practice it. We recall with infinite pleasure recollections of old sportsmen and their deeds. The present generation may beat them for aught we know — they have better guns and better equipments — yet the obstinacy of age is very strong upon us, and we find it as hard to believe that any of the present generation could beat Charles Taylor, Littlebury Mosby, John Syme, John Heth, Beverly Heth, Meriwether Vaughan and Milks Selden, when they were in their prime, (and, alas! but one of them, Mr. Selden, is now alive,) as we do to believe that any of the horses whose fame now fills the racing journals, are superior to Eclipse and Henry, or Flirtilla and Ariel. We mention the gentlemen above-named, because they were all genuine sportsmen — men who did honor to the craft — men who would as soon think of stealing a sheep or robbing a hen-roost, as of shooting into a c
rgeant Kinney, under the guidance of Captain Leigh, of company A.--This officer acted with the most conspicuous gallantry during the whole of the action.--He took a most exposed position by the side of the colors, and never left except to bring up his men to the crest of the ridge, and point out to them where to aim their fire.--He was cool and collected, and encouraged his men to fight bravely and effectively, by example and direction. Shortly after the firing commenced on our part, 2d Lieut. John Heth, commanding Company D, fell, pierced by a ball through the body, whilst gallantly directing the fire of his men. First Lieut. Turner, commanding Company B, (who insisted upon taking part in the operations of the day, notwithstanding the fact that he was quite ill and feeble,) behaved in an exceedingly gallant manner. Second Lieut. Overton, of Company A, also behaved with great gallantry, exerting himself to make the men move forward to the ridge, and deliver their fire effectively.