Soon the enemy gained the road at a point in rear of Russel
Some of the men there, hardly aware of their extremity, were still holding their positions against those of the enemy who appeared in the immediate front.
It seemed to Sergt. Peter Vogelsang
of Company H, who had his post at a palmetto-tree, that in a moment one hundred Rebels were swarming about him. He led his comrades to join men on his left, where they advanced, firing.
With effect too, for they came to the body of a dead Rebel, from whom Vogelsang
took a musket.
's right posts, thus cut off, were followed by a company of the Nineteenth Georgia, and after the desultory fighting were driven, to escape capture, into the creek on the right of the line, where some were drowned.
Those most courageous refused to fall back, and were killed or taken as prisoners.
Sergt. James D. Wilson
of Company H was one of the former.
He was an expert in the use of the musket, having been employed with the famous Ellsworth Zouaves of Chicago
Many times he had declared to his comrades that he would never retreat or surrender to the enemy.
On that morning, when attacked, he called to his men to stand fast.
Assailed by five men, he is said to have disabled three of them.
Some cavalrymen coming up, he charged them with a shout as they circled about him, keeping them all at bay for a time with the bayonet of his discharged musket, until the brave fellow sank in death with three mortal besides other wounds.
, finding that the enemy had turned his flank before he could face back, had to retire with such men as were not cut off, at double-quick, finding the foe about the reserve house when he reached it. A mounted