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[48] other plans than those suggested by the changing events of battle.

As soon as the necessary orders had been dispatched, I set out at a rapid gallop, accompanied by General Beauregard, to give such aid as we could to our troops engaged four miles off. Passing Colonel Pendleton, chief of artillery, with his former battery and Alburtis's, I desired him to follow with them as fast as possible.

We came upon the field not a moment too soon. The long contest against great odds, and the heavy losses, especially of field-officers, had discouraged Bee's troops, and destroyed or dispersed those of Evans — for we found him apparently without a command. The Fourth Alabama Regiment, of Bee's brigade, had lost all its field-officers, and was without a commander. Colonel S. R. Gist,1 a volunteer on General Bee's staff, was requested to take command of it.

Our presence with the troops under fire, and the assurance it gave of more material aid, had the happiest effect on their spirits. Order was easily and quickly restored, and the battle well reestablished. It was during the efforts for this that Jackson and his brigade are said to have acquired the name they have since borne-by Bee's calling to his men to observe how Jackson and his brigade2 stood “like a stone-wall,” a name made still more glorious in every battle in which general and brigade afterward fought.

After assigning General Beauregard to the

1 Distinguished in the Army of Tennessee, as brigadier-general, and fell at Franklin.

2 Those in sight of Bee's troops were lying down by Jackson's order, to avoid the enemy's artillery.

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