reenforcements, and advanced again; but were again repulsed with increased loss. About one o'clock P. M., General Kershaw was directed to send two regiments from his brigade to the support of General Cobb, who reported that he was getting short of ammunition. The Sixteenth Georgia regiment was sent forward at the same time. Not long after this, General Kershaw was directed to take his whole brigade. Just as his command was moving, he was ordered to hasten forward in person, and assume command of the position under Marye's Hill, as General Cobb had been wounded and disabled. The South Carolina regiments were posted, the Second and Eighth (Colonel Kennedy and Captain Stockburn commanding) in the road, doubling on Philips's Legion, (Colonel Cook,) and the Twenty-fourth Georgia, (Colonel McMillan,) the Third and Seventh South Carolina (Colonel Nance and Lieutenant-Colonel Bland) on the hill to the left of Marye's house; the Seventh was afterward moved (on a call from the Fifteenth North Carolina regiment for reenforcement) to the right and front of Marye's house, the three left companies being on the left of the house, the Fifteenth South Carolina (Colonel DeSaussure) in reserve at the cemetery; the Third battalion (Lieutenant-Colonel Rice) was posted at Howison's mill to resist any attack that might have been made up Hazel Run. The Eighth and Seventh regiments arrived in time to assist in repelling a heavy assault made on the left at quarter to three P. M. The Third and Seventh regiments suffered severely while getting into position, especially the former. Colonel Nance, Lieutenant-Colonel Rutherford, Major Moffit, Captains Todd, Summers, and Nance, were shot down in succession, Captain Summers killed, the others more or less dangerously wounded, leaving the regiment under the command of Captain John K. G. Nance, assisted by Lieutenant Doby, aid-de-camp of General Kershaw. Colonel Nance, although badly wounded, declined being removed at the time, and continued to encourage and direct his men, and, after he was removed back to Marye's house, ordered that his regiment take a new position, where the men would be less exposed, and sent directions to have them re-supplied with ammunition. In the mean time, the enemy deployed in a ravine, which was between us and the city, and distant about three or four hundred yards from the stone wall, and advanced with fresh columns to the attack, at intervals of not more than fifteen minutes; but they were repulsed with ease, and driven back with much loss, on every occasion. This continued until about half past 4. P.. M., when the enemy ceased in their assaults for a time, and posting some artillery in front of the town on the left of the telegraph road, opened on our position, doing but little damage. The batteries of Colonel Walton, on Marye's Hill, were at this time silent, having exhausted their ammunition, and they were being relieved by others from Colonel Alexander's battalion. Taking advantage of the hill, the Fifteenth South Carolina (Colonel De Saussure) was brought forward from the cemetery, and posted behind the stone wall, supporting the Second South Carolina regiment. The enemy, in the mean while, formed a strong column of attack, and advanced under cover of their own artillery, and, no longer impeded by ours, came forward along our whole front, in the most determined manner; but they were repulsed at all points. The firing ceased as night came on, and about seven o'clock our pickets and those of the enemy were posted within a short distance of each other. About six P. M., the Third South Carolina regiment was brought from the hill, and posted on the left of Philips's Georgia legion, where it was relieved by General Kemper, with a portion of his brigade, about seven P. M., and was then ordered in reserve by General Kershaw, because of its previous heavy loss. The body of one man, believed to be an officer, was found within about thirty yards of the stone wall, and other single bodies were scattered at increased distances, until the main mass of the dead lay thickly strewn over the ground at something over one hundred yards off, and extending to the ravine, commencing at the point where our men would allow the enemy's column to approach before opening fire, and beyond which no organized body of men was able to pass. On the fourteenth, the enemy were in position behind the declivities in front, but the operations on both sides were confined to skirmishing of sharpshooters. On the fifteenth it was discovered that the enemy had constructed rifle-pits on the edge of the ravine; but nothing of interest occurred during the day. Cobb's brigade was relieved by that of General Semmes on the night of that day, against the wishes, however, of Colonel McMillan, commanding Cobb's brigade, who objected to relinquishing such an honorable position. On the sixteenth, Tuesday morning, as the fog lifted, it was discovered that the enemy's pickets were withdrawn, and scouts, being sent out, reported that the enemy had retired across the river, removing their bridges. The town was re-occupied by two regiments from Kershaw's brigade, and a number of prisoners, arms, &c., were taken. Captain Cuthbert, of the Second South Carolina regiment, with his company of sharpshooters, was thrown out on the edge of Hazel Run, and did good service in annoying the flank of the enemy as their columns advanced to the attack. His loss was considerable. When General Kershaw's brigade was sent to the front, its place along the main line of defence was occupied by the brigade of Brigadier-General Jenkins, a regiment from which occupied the right flank of the troops at the foot of Marye's Hill, along Hazel Run, and was of essential service. The Lieutenant-General was, however, over-looking the movements of all, and every order was issued under his supervision. The presence of himself and the General-in-Chief inspired the troops and rendered them invincible. The very great enthusiasm and ardent desire for the enemy
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