When I told him of the delivery of the message, and that General Mahone had concluded to lead the two brigades himself, he expressed gratification.
Leaving the Ragland House, we marched along the edge of the hills skirting Lieutenant Run to New Road, or Hickory street, and entered this road a hundred or two more yards east of the brigade, then marched westwardly to within a few yards of the bridge over this run, and then filed northwardly down the ravine on the east side of severe fire sweeping the plank-road, we could not move the guns up that road, we went back toward town until we struck the ravine.
We pulled our guns along the ravine until we came to the reservoir.
We went up the ravine along the course of Lieutenant Run to a point near the bridge on New Road, which road being commanded by the enemy's guns, we had to ascend the hill to the north of this road.
The hill is very steep there, or was. We left our caissons in the ravine at the foot of the reservoi