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[86] dress-parade; Winder deploying his troops to support Early, and A. P. Hill hurrying up in column — all combined to form a battle picture of a grandeur rarely witnessed. We had been joined by some citizens and a number of straggling cavalrymen, and our party formed a considerable group, who were reveling in the splendid panorama when our enjoyment was brought to a very sudden termination. A Federal battery, probably mistaking us for some General and his staff, galloped into position within easy range, and opened fire upon us with six pieces as hard as they could drive. At first the missiles fell short, but they would doubtless soon get the exact range, and we suddenly discovered that we had important duties elsewhere.

Without considering “the order of our going” we galloped down the hill to the cover of the woods. A negro servant of one of our surgeons happened to be mounted on the doctor's best horse, and led the party. As we called a halt and gathered together again the doctor began to upbraid the boy for “being so much frightened and riding his horse so hard.” The negro meekly replied: “Doctor, I don't love the whizzing of dem ar things any better then you do sah. ‘Sides, I don't think you orter blame me ’ cause my horse kin beat yours a runnina.”

A roar of laughter greeted this sally, for it was perfectly evident that each man had done his “level best” in getting away from “the whizzing of dem ar things.”

Meantime the battle raged furiously. Hastening towards the front, I saw the bleeding, mangled form of the gallant Winder, who was mortally wounded just as he was putting in his division and skillfully directing the fire of Poague's and Carpenter's batteries. A West Point officer of rare merit, General C. S. Winder had succeeded General Garnett in the command of the “Stonewall” brigade, was now in command of the old “Stonewall” division, and had already won a reputation which opened before him a most brilliant career. Jackson said of him in his official report:

It is difficult within the proper reserve of an official report to do justice to the merits of this accomplished officer. Urged by the Medical Director to take no part in the movements of the day, because of the enfeebled state of his health, his ardent patriotism and military pride could bear no such restraint. Richly endowed with those qualities of mind and person which fit an officer for command, and which attract the admiration and excite the enthusiasm of his troops, he was rapidly rising to the front rank of his profession. His lost has been severely felt.

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