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Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 35. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), The battle of New Market, Va. From the Confederate veteran, Dec., 1907. (search)
run my company through that muddy field we would all get killed, so I concluded to fall back in the lane and get behind the fence and the right would rally on us. I dropped my company back and tried it, but the other men failed to rally. Corporal John Wampler, of my company, a six-footer, got up and looked over the field and exclaimed: Captain, the Yankees are running on the left. I saw some two or three hundred yards off Derrick's Battalion going toward the enemy. I gave the command, Attentg, going their best, but shooting back and hitting a good many of our men. They had a reserve line behind, but the first line ran through it and tangled it so badly that it went too. A fighting Parson. After we had run them a good way, Sergeant Wampler, than whom a better soldier never fought, now a Southern Methodist preacher, threw his hand to his shoulder and said: Captain, I am wounded. I answered, after placing my hand on my right thigh: I am wounded, too; both of us are badly wound