officer charged up to Russel
, and cut twice at his head with his sword.
of Company H caught the second sweep upon his bayonet and shot the Confederate
through the neck, thus saving his captain's life.
From the reserve house Russel
and his men retired, fighting as they could.
's right, as has been told, first bore the force of the attack.
By strenuous efforts and great personal exposure that cool and gallant officer collected some men in line.
With them he contested the way back step by step, halting now and then to face about and fire, thus gaining time, the loss of which thwarted the enemy's plan.
Of his men, Corp. Henry A. Field
of Company K especially distinguished himself.
at the reserve house at once sent back word, by a mounted orderly, of the situation.
To the support of his right he sent Lieutenant Appleton
with some men, and to the left First Sergeant Simmons
of Company B with a small force, and then looked for aid from our main body.
He endeavored to form a line of skirmishers, when the men began coming back from the front, but with little success.
The men could not be kept in view because of the underbrush nearly as high as a man. As the expected succor did not come, the officers and the remaining men made their way back to the division.
It will be remembered that with the first musket-shots came the sound of field-guns from the Stono
The enemy's four Napoleons had galloped into battery within four hundred yards of the gunboats, and fired some ten rounds before they were replied to; their shots crashed through the ‘Pawnee
’ again and again, with some loss.
It was impossible