, one of our boys, got close to him, and then fired and hit Jack
But the ball, striking something in Jack
's pocket, glanced off. The Rebel shouted, ‘I surrender,’ but Jack
shot and wounded him badly.
He said that he belonged to the 6th Louisiana, Hays
' brigade, Early
's Division, Ewell
's Corps, and his name was Slidell
The artillery in the fort was now firing rapidly and the cannon shots flew over us and went after our fellows who were coming up behind.
The Reb skirmishers kept falling back, but kept up a sharp fire.
We connected on our left with the 6th Maine, and in half an hour after starting we drove in their skirmishers, they jumped over the breastworks and we busied ourselves firing at them.
Just at sunset the reserves came up, the 95th and 96th Pennsylvania, and joined the line of battle behind us. As they started to advance Captain Fish
ordered us skirmishers to charge, and going forward on a run, with a yell, we came to the rifle pits, and jumping on them the Rebels
in them began to run. We did not fire until we got inside the rifle pits, and the fire of the enemy was not very severe.
ordered everybody to surrender.
Almost at the same time our regiment, and the 5th Maine, came up on our right and just ran over the troops in the pits.
We were ordered to go to the bridge and prevent the Johnnies from crossing.
We quickly ran down to the river and found the bridge and halted the Rebs as they came up. In the meantime our fellows got around them on the right, and the whole crowd surrendered.
Our casualties were Captain Casler
, shot through the arm, and Orderly Sergeant Joe Rounds
, shot in the arm. Hawley Platt
, one of the finest fellows in the regiment, a member of Company D, was killed.
Our entire loss was four killed and twenty-two wounded. Major Mather
was in command of the ”