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[67] twelve and one P. M. They afterwards kept the enemy from loading and firing their guns by a sharp fire upon their cannoniers. The One Hundred and Third Ohio volunteer infantry carried the division standard a hundred yards to the rear of the enemy's chief rifle-pits, where it was maintained until the regiment was relieved, after dark This gallant act cost the regiment two ranking captains, who were successively in command, the whole color-guard, and one hundred men. The division held its position, not retiring an inch, until relieved about dark, and when every round of ammunition had been expended.

These statements I know, from personal observation, and from information obtained from the most credible sources, are entirely true. The statement that General Cox acted independently of orders, or in violation of them, it were hardly worth while to contradict for the information of any persons at all acquainted with that officer.

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