as assistant professor, and afterwards became chief engineer of the A. & C. R. R. of Alabama.
He entered the army as captain of a company from Tuscaloosa, was elected Colonel of the Fifth Alabama Regiment, and soon after promoted Brigadier-General, and succeeded General Ewell in command of the Fifth, Sixth and Twelfth Alabama and Twelfth Mississippi regiments.
The latter regiment was transferred, and its place supplied by the Third and Twenty-sixth Alabama regiments.
He was wounded at Seven Pines and Sharpsburg.
At Chancellorsville, in command of D. H. Hill's old division, he led the advance, and swept everything before him. His clarion voice shouting, Forward, men, over friend or foe, electrified his troops, and they were irresistible.
They pushed on, under his gallant leadership, and completely routed the panic-stricken stricken soldiers of Fighting Joe Hooker.
After Generals Jackson and A. P. Hill were wounded, General Rodes was in supreme command, but he modestly and patrio
or more troops were collected there, and it became such an object of dread to the whole army that a soldier guard was put over it until Captain Rains was able to go and take it in. Suppose, said one officer to another, high in rank, that the Captain had died of his wound, what would you have done?
I thought, said he, of firing at it with a six-pounder at a safe distance, and thus knocking it to pieces.
The occasion of the first submarine torpedo was as follows: Soon after the battle of Seven Pines (called in Northern prints Fair Oaks ) General R. E. Lee, commanding, sent for General Rains and said to him: The enemy have upwards of one hundred vessels in the James river, and we think that they are about making an advance that way upon Richmond, and if there is a man in the whole Southern Confederacy that can stop them, you are the man. Will you undertake it?
I will try, was the answer; and observing that ironclads were invulnerable to cannon of all calibre used and were really mast