front, and about 2 o'clock P. M. reached the point in the Wilderness where the column had halted in the presence of the enemy. Poague's battalion of artillery was in position on an eminence in a little old field on the left of the road. Heavy firing at some distance to our left and front indicated an engagement of General Ewell, who had marched down the turnpike parallel with and between the Plank road and the river. In order, as I supposed, to co-operate with General Ewell, our division left the Plank road at Poague's artillery, and, filing square to the left, advanced about half a mile, and reaching open fields, formed line of battle looking towards the right of General Ewell, then in sight. The brigades of Generals Lane and Thomas advanced some distance. My brigade was formed perpendicular to the line of advance to support it. Whilst in this position a heavy fire of musketry was opened on our right at the Plank road upon the division of General Heth. An officer of Lieutenant-General Hill's staff in a few minutes galloped up, and in the absence of General Wilcox (who was with Generals Lane and Thomas) ordered me to return at once to the Plank road. As the fire was very heavy, I did return hastily without waiting for the orders of Major-General Wilcox. As I approached the point of fire, I met General Lee, who directed me to proceed down the Plank road and report to General Heth, who was conducting the fight. I did so, and was directed by him to deploy my brigade on both sides of the Plank road, and, if possible, drive the enemy down towards the Brock road. I was instructed to put three regiments on the left and two on the right of the road; but as the formation was made under fire, I soon perceived that the enemy pressed heaviest on the right of the road, and I therefore took the liberty to place three regiments on that side. The Twelfth (Colonel J. L. Miller) on the extreme right; on his left the Rifles (Lieutenant-Colonel McDuffie Miller); on the left of the road the Thirteenth (Colonel Brockman); and the Fourteenth (Colonel Brown) on the extreme left. In this order we pressed through the dense undergrowth, and, passing over the line of General Heth, which was lying down, charged the enemy and drove him some distance--four or five hundred yards--the whole extent of our front. A battery in the road fired two or three rounds of grape after the charge commenced, but as we approached the guns (two) were hastily removed (leaving one caisson) down the road by hand, and were not used again. We passed over the dead and wounded of the enemy, and through his lines, until our
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Detailed Minutiae of soldier life.
Relative numbers at Gettysburg .
General Early 's reply to the count of Paris .
General Tan Dorn 's report of the Elkhorn campaign.
The Second battle of Manassas --a reply to General Longstreet .
The battle of the Wilderness .
Hart 's South Carolina battery --its War guidon — addresses by Major Hart and Governor Hampton .
Remarks of Major Hart .
Presentation of Army of Tennessee badge and certificate of membership to ex-president Davis .
Address of Colonel James Lingan , President of the Association .
Two witnesses on the treatment of prisoners -- Hon. J. P. Benjamin and General B. F. Butler .
Detailed Minutiae of soldier life.
The naval fight in Mobile bay , August 5th , 1864 --official report of Admiral Buchanan .
Killed and wounded of Confederate fleet in action of August 5 , 1864 , Mobile bay .
Annual meeting of Southern Historical Society , October 28th and 29th , 1878 .
Sixth annual report of the Executive Committee of the Southern Historical Society for year ending October 29th , 1878 .
The Gettysburg campaign --official reports.
Stonewall Jackson — the story of his being an Astrologer refuted — an eye-witness describes how he was wounded.
Annual reunion of the Virginia division, A. N. V .
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