said, ‘Men, we alone represent Maryland
We are few in number, and for that reason our duty to our State is greater.
We must do her honor.’
The command moved as quickly as a deep morass and heavy undergrowth would permit, and, emerging on open ground, reformed and lay down until every man got over.
They were just then near the crest of a hill, on the side of a wide field, with no obstruction in front for nearly half a mile.
The farther side was covered with a thick curtain of smoke, rolling backward and forward, in which only incessant, lurid flashes could be seen.
Occasionally a small group would emerge, bearing a wounded man, or a frightened soldier would run back.
Some distance to the left a large battery was sweeping the plateau.
From the front came an incessant rain of bullets.
Directly to the left the most tremendous roar of small arms announced a desperate struggle.
was the order.
‘Shoulder arms, right-shoulder-shift arms.
The regiment moved forward as it never moved on drill, as steady and straight as a line.
On it went, over that dreadful plain, strewed with dead and dying, every officer in place; the hospital detail, with the surgeons, Drs
, thirty paces in rear.
Shot and shell tore through the ranks.
Not a man fell out. The wounded men were picked up by the hospital detail and attended to on the spot by our gallant medical officers, who in every action were as close to us as the line of field officers.
Wishing to change direction, the order was given, ‘Battalion right wheel!’
and it swung round like an arm. Coming to a small rise which would shelter the men, they were halted, brought to a ‘shoulder,’ then an ‘order,’ then ‘lie down.’
went forward to reconnoiter, and returning quickly commanded, ‘Up, men, and forward!’
Just then Capt. McHenry Howard
of General Winder
's staff rode up and said, ‘General Winder
thinks you are not strong enough to take those batteries.
He directs ’