‘This officer's loss is irreparable,’ Lieutenant-Colonel Zachry
‘In his regular duties his attentiveness and faithfulness challenged the admiration of every member of the command.
His courage, coolness and judgment rendered his services on the battlefield invaluable.’
Between the first and second charge Col. Levi B. Smith
was severely wounded, but he kept his saddle through the second charge and until about 5 p. m., when exhausted by loss of blood he reluctantly retired.
,’ said General Anderson
, ‘approved himself a soldier and leader of the noblest qualities.’
While in the act of leaving the field his horse was shot under him. After this the regiment was ably commanded by Lieut.
— Col. Charles T. Zachry
's report states that after passing the first camp of the enemy he was ordered to follow up Colonel Jenkins
' regiment and support him if necessary.
, on finding Jenkins
, was hailed by the latter with, ‘Come on, Georgia
, I want you.’
As the two gallant regiments advanced, a change of position in the face of an advancing body of the enemy caused temporary confusion, which was rectified by Adjutant Gardner
, who dashed boldly to where the line should be, and rode back and forth under fire, waving his sword defiantly at the enemy.
The regiment promptly rushed into position and drove .the enemy from the woods.
Their advance ceased at 8 p. m., a mile ahead of any other Confederate troops except Jenkins
' regiment, their comrades in the charge.
, of Company D, color-bearer, and the color guard were distinguished for intrepid conduct.
The colors were pierced twenty times.
The Twenty-eighth was also under fire in the same movement for three or four hours. Capt. John N. Wilcox
, left in command in consequence of the illness of Lieut.-Col. James G. Cain
, led the regiment with coolness and gallantry through the fight.