fire of artillery upon it, cutting the limbs of the trees in abundance, which fell around my men, and the bursting shells and shot wounded or killed a number whilst in line formed for the advance, producing a natural feeling of uneasiness among them.
I got on my horse and rode among them directing them to lie down, so as to escape as much as possible from the shot and shell which were being rained around us from a very short range.
All this happened within fifteen or twenty minutes. Under cover of their fire the enemy were making strong demonstrations of an advance, and General Barksdale
two or three times came to me and said, “General, let me go; General, let me charge!”
But, as I was waiting General Longstreet
's will, I told General Barksdale
to wait and let the enemy come half way and then we would meet on more equal terms.
had been in the meanwhile moving towards the enemy's left, but he never did go far enough to envelop the left, not even partially.
It was said at the time, on the field, that he would have done so, but his guides and scouts, who had been around to the enemy's left in the morning, had gotten confused on their return with the division and missed carrying the head of column far enough to the right, and it became heavily engaged before Hood
intended it, and being pressed on his left sent to me for assistance, and the charge of my division was ordered.
, with his South Carolina brigade, leading, followed by Semmes
with his Georgia
brigade; then Barksdale
, and Wofford
The two last had been mixed up with the batteries which had been placed among their lines, and were temporarily delayed in extricating themselves therefrom.
So much was it the case with one of Wofford
's regiments that it did not get out to join the brigade until it had gone about one hundred yards. Coming on at a double quick the whole line as it advanced became heavily engaged, Kershaw
acting together on the right.
These brigades gave mutual assistance, contending against odds which would have enveloped them, but Wofford
's brilliant advance struck the attacking force in their flank and the enemy gave way, pursued by the whole line.
, who, as I have said, had been exceedingly impatient for the order to advance, and whose enthusiasm was shared by his command, was standing ready to give the word, not far from me, and so soon as it was signified to me, I sent my aid-de-camp, Captain G. B. Lamar, Jr.
, to carry the order to General Barksdale