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[475] at a lose to imagine. It could not have been to support our skirmishers; they needed none, for they were driving the enemy's pickets before them. It could only, then, have been the main position of the enemy upon which we were to charge. The charge was made most gallantly, by my regiment, a portion of the Fourteenth and Fifty-third Virginia regiments, under the lead of their respective Colonels, up the hill, across the extensive plateau, and through the valley, until we arrived at the hill nearest the position of the enemy. We were here supported by a Georgia regiment, who, having charged under mistaken orders, were returned to their original position with General Wright's brigade. Thus it was that my regiment, with a part of the Fourteenth, under the command of a Captain, a part of the Fifty-third, Colonel Tomlin, held this advanced position for three hours, awaiting orders. Receiving none, I sent Major Cabell to General Armistead, asking orders, who returned with instructions that we must hold our position, and that reenforcements would soon be at hand. I am proud to say we did hold our position, through all the storm of bullets, canister, grape, shell, with occasional shells from the huge pieces playing upon us from the gunboats, until we saw the gallant Wright, with hat off and glittering blade, leading his brigade across the hill, to our support. New life was infused among those wearied with watching and waiting. Every man was at his post; loud shouts of welcome rent the air; all sprang to their feet, feeling certain of victory with such a support. Being the ranking Colonel of the brigade, (Colonel Hodges being stunned, and having his beard singed by the explosion of a shell, when just emerging from the woods,) General Armistead being absent, I gave the order to charge, which was most gallantly performed by all engaged. Again leading, closely followed by Wright's brigade, until we reached the musket range of the enemy's supports to his artillery, where the fire from both became so galling, a momentary pause ensued; six times was the attempt made to charge the batteries by the regiments of Armistead's brigade, just mentioned, and as many times did they fail for want of support on the left, involving the necessity of falling back a short distance under cover of the brow of the hill.

Every man behaved most nobly on that occasion. All, officers and men, heedless of the deadly fire to which they were exposed, seemed only intent upon gaining the enemy's position. I have the painful duty to announce the loss of my Color-Sergeant, L. P. H. Tapley, first Color-Corporal C. Gilbert, and private Parker, company F, who fell upon the field, while bearing the colors, in advance of the regiment, during the charges made. Color-Corporals Watkins, Burlington, and Gregory were severely wounded, each in turn, as they grasped the colors. They were then seized by Lieutenant-Colonel Whittle, who was badly wounded, and compelled to retire. Captain Daniel, volunteer officer, commanding company F, then took them; and he, too, fell, severely wounded in three places, and was borne from the field. I then took them for a while, and when in the act of handing them over to the only remaining color guard, who claimed the right to carry them, the staff was shattered, the flag falling, but not upon the ground, it was caught by Color-Corporal William Bohannon, who stuck it upon his musket, and gallantly bore it the remainder of the fight. I beg to mention particularly all of my color guard, as deserving the highest commendation, and would recommend that some distinctive badge be given them. I also desire to return my thanks to Lieutenant-Colonel P. B. Whittle, who acted his part most gallantly, proving himself worthy of the position he held — daring all things, fearing nothing. Volunteer Captain R. T. Daniel performed every duty in the most creditable manner. Though among strangers, his deeds won their confidence and respect, and attested his gallantry. I observed him, particularly when waving the colors and urging the men forward, not a muscle or nerve betraying a want of firmness. Calmness and composure was expressed in every lineament of his countenance, and there stood, like a veteran, until pierced three times by the enemy's balls. Too much praise cannot be given this brave young officer, who thus showed his willingness to serve his country, and determination to expel the enemies of her peace and dignity. To the officers and men of company A, commanded by Captain D. C. Townes; company B, Junior Second Lieutenant James Warren; company C, First Lieutenant A. Anderson ; company D, First Lieutenant N. D. Price; company E, Captain T. M. Tyree; company F, Captain R. T. Daniel; company G, Captain H. L. Lee, and company K, Captain G. R. Griggs, I return my hearty thanks, more particularly because of their ready cooperation and willing obedience to every order, and their conspicuous gallantry, while urging forward their men through such destructive fire. Major J. R. Cabell also performed his duty in a highly creditable and satisfactory manner, and behaved with coolness while in charge of the skirmishers and when sent for instructions to General Armistead at a subsequent period. My Adjutant, A. G. Smith, was always at his post, and with a calmness and composure, and utter disregard of danger, performed his duty in a manner reflecting the highest honor and praise. The other officers present behaved well, and performed their duty like men. Lieutenant N. D. Price, commanding company D, who fell mortally wounded at the head of his company, performed his duty, on this occasion, as on all others, with marked coolness and bravery. He died as he had lived, a bright and shining ornament to society and his church. He lived a Christian; he died a hero and martyr. No man or officer fell on that occasion with more honor, or deserving more undying laurels. My surgeon, James N. Macalpine, and Assistant Surgeon T. W. White, are deserving the highest praise for their unremitting attention to the wounded — the one for the faithful manner he followed his regiment, bearing off the wounded amid the leaden hail;


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