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The Daily Dispatch: March 9, 1864., [Electronic resource], Review of the Pennsylvania campaign. (search)
having been forced back losing some of their artillery, which as before mentioned were temporarily captured by Davis's brigade, were reforming and were awaiting the arrival of reinforcements then rapidly hastening to their aid. It was this Lieutenant Roberts, of the 2d Mississippi, observing some distance off but neaer the enemy's than our own fires, two groups, each consisting of from seven to ten men, and each guarding a stand of colors, called for volunteers to take them. Four gallant spirnt readily responded, and soon a dash is made for the colors. A hand-to-hand fight ensued, in which all on both sides were either killed or wounded except private McPherson, who killed the last Yankee color-bearer and brought off the colors, Lieut. Roberts being killed just as he was seizing one of the colors. On the right of the road Archer encountered heavy masses of the enemy on his front, and his gallant brigade, alter being surrounded by overwhelming numbers in front and on both flank