regiment and gained the high opinion of the men for his coolness and ability.
was away, nursing the injuries he had received from falling off his horse some time before.”
It has always been a mystery to me why those Johnnies did not kill every one of us, and how any of us escaped.
not only encouraged his own men, but instilled fear into the hearts of the enemy by the little speech he made before ordering the final charge, after the short halt near the breastworks.
He said: “Men of the 121st New York, your friends at home and your country expect every man to do his duty on this occasion.
Some of us have got to die, but remember you are going to heaven.
When I give the command to charge move forward.
If they fire upon you, I will move six lines of battle over you and bayonet every one of them.”
The colonel of the 54th North Carolina regiment, who was captured, said that the Yankee
officer who led the charge in his front was a smart fellow and fooled them.
They thought there was a column in mass moving on them, as they had seen a great body of troops formed and moving on them before dusk.
Some years ago the writer visited the flag room in the capitol
and heard a like story from an officer of one of the Louisiana
He was visiting the capitol
on some official business and, having some time to wait, fell into conversation with the curator of the flag room, who was one of Upton
's men in the battle.
The officer told him that they were utterly discouraged by Upton
's speech, and believing it was true, surrendered without much resistance.
One of the 16th men told the writer of his experience in this action.
He was a skirmisher and as he leaped upon the embankment of the pit one of the Rebels
fired at him, exclaiming, “I got you,”