er, and five brigades of A. P. Hill, assisted just before dusk by Ripley's brigade of D. H. Hill's division.
Gregg's and Branch's brigades, of A. P. Hill's, took no part in the assault on the fortified lines, being otherwise engaged.
The plan of th his force went nine North Carolina regiments—the Seventh, Eighteenth, Twenty-eighth, Thirtythird and Thirty-seventh, of Branch's brigade; and the Sixteenth, Twenty-second, Thirty-fourth and Thirty-eighth, of Pender's brigade.
The work before them ngstreet alone struck the blow in which all were expected to participate.
On opening the battle, General Longstreet sent Branch's--North Carolina brigade of A. P. Hill's division to his right, to keep Hooker from falling on his flank.
General BrancGeneral Branch said of the action of his men:
On Monday, at Frayser's Farm, you were again in the heat of the engagement from its opening to its close, driving the enemy before you for a great distance, and capturing a battery.
Congratulatory address to his
rigades, Magruder ordered in his forces on Hill's right.
The brigades of Armistead, Wright, Mahone, G. T. Anderson, Cobb, Kershaw, Semmes, Ransom, Barksdale and Lawton threw themselves heavily, not all at once, but in succession, against their courageous and impregnably posted foes.
Cobb's command included the Fifteenth North Carolina under Colonel Dowd.
Ransom's brigade was solely a North Carolina one—the Twenty-fourth, Colonel Clark; the Twenty-fifth, Colonel Hill; the Twenty-sixth, Colonel Vance; the Thirty-fifth, Colonel Ransom; the Forty-ninth, Colonel Ramseur. General Hill says of General Magruder's assault:
I never saw anything more grandly heroic than the advance after sunset of the nine brigades under Magruder's orders.
Unfortunately, they did not move together and were beaten in detail.
As each brigade emerged from the woods, from fifty to one hundred guns opened upon it, tearing great gaps in its ranks; but the heroes reeled on, and were shot down by the reserves a