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Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 18. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones),
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Malvern Hill. Recollections of the fight by one who was there. [extracts from official Federal and Confederate Records.] As a Confederate soldier, a member of one of the regiments of General William Mahone's brigade of Virginians, I was present with a musket in my hand in nearly a score of the principal engagements between the Army of Northern Virginia and its opponent, the Army of the Potomac, but of all these I remember no engagement which, in its dramatic incidents, came up to my
der whose incessant fire our movements had to be executed.
But the best description of the field of battle and of the position of the Federal troops is given by General Ambrose R. Wright, to whose brigade of Georgians and Mahone's brigade of Virginians was assigned the duty of opening the engagement, as we will hereafter see. General Wright's very clear pen-picture is well worth perusal.
Here is what he says:
Immediately in our front, and extending one mile, stretched a field, at the f