the result I express in Captain Lamar
's words: “I had witnessed many charges marked in every way by unflinching gallantry — in some I had had the honor of participating when in the line with the First Georgia regulars--but I never saw anything to equal the dash and heroism of the Mississippians.
You remember how anxious General Barksdale
was to attack the enemy, and his eagerness was participated in by all his officers and men, and when I carried him the order to advance his face was radiant with joy. He was in front of his brigade, hat off, and his long white hair reminded me of the ‘white plume of Navarre.’
I saw him as far as the eye could follow, still ahead of his men, leading them on. The result you know.
You remember the picket fence in front of his brigade?
I was anxious to see how they would get over it and around it. When they reached it, the fence disappeared as if by magic, and the slaughter of the ‘red breeched zouaves’ on the other side was terrible!”
My whole line, or nearly all, reached the stone wall at the foot of the Little Round Top
, and established itself temporarily there.
A portion of Wofford
's brigade occupied a position really in rear of the enemy's line on the left.
So much so that General Bryan
, then colonel of the Sixteenth Georgia, states that he would not allow his men to take possession of a battery from which the men had been driven, which was immediately in front of his regiment and distant about one hundred yards, for fear they would be captured.
But the whole line was so advanced and being without support on their flank, it was ordered to retire by General Longstreet
, and I formed a new line, running from the peach orchard diagonally towards Round Top
, from which it was concealed by the mass of woods in our front, which was held as far as half way across the wheat field by my skirmishers.
At the commencement of the charge, General Longstreet
went forward some distance with Wofford
's brigade, urging them on by voice and his personal example to the most earnest efforts.
The troops needed no outside impulse, but his conduct was gallant and inspiring.
I have no doubt but that when General Longstreet
became suddenly aware of the true status of affairs, that instead of the head of his column debouching from the woods on the flank of the enemy (recollect the head of the column was conducted by General Lee
's staff officer), they were suddenly confronted with superior forces, in position and ready for the fight; and besides extending far away to his right, he was very much disconcerted and