by a severe shell wound, and compelled to leave the field.
The command of the division fell upon Colonel Edwards
of the 37th Massachusetts. Captain J. D. P. Douw
was commanding the regiment.
Some little time after we had formed on the left of the 37th Massachusetts, the 15th New Jersey formed on our left and some other troops formed in our rear.
We continued firing some until about 4 o'clock, and the 37th, being in the open, kept up a continuous fire.
We being screened by small trees and brush, could not see anything to fire at, but we kept a few men in advance a little distance to keep any one from stealing upon us. About 4 o'clock we advanced about a third of a mile to some heavy timber, where the enemy opened a heavy fire upon us. But we charged them on the run, and they did not stop running away from us till they got to the village of Winchester
, and we advanced to the railroad.
After leaving the last piece of woods they kept us dodging their cannon shots, from two batteries playing upon us as we advanced.
It was a splendid sight to see our troops coming up on the right-Crook's and Emory
's, I think they were, and the cavalry on the left closing in on them and charging over the open field, with their batteries on the hill back of the town, glistening in the rays of the sun, blazing away at our charging columns.
To the fact of our drawing four days rations and my haversack's being full I owe my life.
On that day just as we reached the road, a shell burst in front of us (I was on the color guard), I just felt a shock and tumbled forward.
A piece of shell had struck my haversack, passed through it and my rations of pork, hardtack, sugar, coffee and tin plate.
Then it struck my folded knife, fork and spoon in my pocket and glanced off. In running up the haversack had swung around in front of me and ”