for the purpose, as I suppose, of making arrangements to take the position occupied by the enemy's battery. * * * * * * * * * At one point we were subjected to a severe fire from the battery but it slackened after awhile and we pursued our course; we soon passed our most advanced line, and were still riding down the road, when suddenly a musketry fire opened to our right in the wood. From whom this fire proceeded I have never learned, but it seemed to serve as a signal for the enemy's battery to resume its fire. In an instant the road was swept by a storm of grape and canister; the shells burst above us, around us and amongst us. General Hill and staff turned back towards our lines, and as we approached them we abandoned the road — which was, as I have said, enfiladed by the enemy's battery — and turned off to our right in the woods. Whether it was that our troops mistook us for a body of Federal cavalry, or for some other reason, I do not know, but as we approached within fifteen or twenty paces of our line we were received with a blaze of fire. This alone, without the fire from the enemy's battery, which still continued, would have rendered our situation a most perilous one. As it was, it seemed as if we were all doomed to destruction. General Hill's staff disappeared as if stricken by lightning. I perceived that my only hope of escape was in getting to the ground and lying down, that I might expose as little of myself as possible to the fire of our men. I accordingly endeavored to dismount, but my horse was rearing and plunging so violently that I could not do so. Just at this time he was shot — as I judged from his frantic leap — and whether he threw me or I managed to get off myself, I am unable to say, but I found myself lying on the ground. I received a smart blow on the side of my head, and put up my hand to see if I was wounded, but soon found I was unhurt. I laid on the ground for a short time — until our troops discontinued their fire — and then rose. I saw a number of dead and dying men and horses around me, and a horse standing near me; I immediately mounted him and rode about in the woods to see if I could find General Hill; I soon found and rejoined him. We came out into the road together at the point at which we had left it, and he informed me — or I heard some one say — that he was going forward to see General Jackson who had been wounded. I perceived that almost all his staff had disappeared. * * * * * We soon came up to where General Jackson was; we found
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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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