, having received a severe wound soon after the Twentyfourth Virginia Regiment charged the battery, was compelled by exhaustion from loss of blood and intense pain to leave the field just as the Fifth North Carolina Regiment, led by its gallant colonel, charged on the enemy's artillery and infantry.
Of that charge General Early
This North Carolina Regiment, in conjunction with the Twenty-fourth Virginia Regiment, made an attack upon the vastly superior forces of the enemy, which for its gallantry is unsurpassed in the annals of warfare: their conduct was such as to elicit from the enemy himself the highest praise.
This refers to the chivalric remark made by General Hancock
to Dr. Cullen
, left in charge of our wounded, viz
., ‘The Fifth North Carolina and Twenty-fourth Virginia deserve to have the word immortal inscribed on their banners.’
, who succeeded to the command after General Early
retired, states in his report that he sent to General Hill
for reenforcements in order to advance, and in reply received an order to retire; that his men were holding the enemy to his shelter in such way that they were not at all suffering, but when he commenced retiring, the enemy rose and fired upon his men, doing the greatest damage that was done.
Some of them obliqued too far to the right in going back, and met a regiment of the enemy concealed in the woods, and were thus captured.
writes: ‘The two regiments that united in the assault were not repulsed at all. They drove ’