Lieut.-Col. S. Z. Ruff
, took part in the famous assault of Hood
's brigade, losing 16 killed and 126 wounded. Among the killed and mortally wounded were Lieutenants Dowton
's brigade Gen. D. H. Hill
said: ‘The Sixth and Twenty-seventh Georgia, of this brigade, commanded by those pure, brave, noble, Christian soldiers, Lieut.-Col. J. M. Newton
and Col. Levi B. Smith
, behaved most heroically, and maintained their ground when half their number had been struck down.’
's brigade of the Stonewall
division went into action about 5 o'clock in the evening, moving forward in perfect order through the woods and miry soil, guided only by the sound of the firing.
‘In the midst of the wood,’ said General Lawton
, ‘I met Major-General Ewell
, then hotly engaged, who, as he saw this long line advancing under fire, waved his sword and cried out, “Hurrah for Georgia
To this there was a cheering response from my command, which then moved forward more rapidly than ever.’
Being informed of the place where they were most needed, the Georgians pushed on, picking up fragments of other brigades as they advanced, an invincible line of reinforcement at the crisis of the fight.
At this moment the North Carolinians under Iverson
made the charge which terminated the struggle and routed the enemy, and this was supported by the disposition of the troops under Lawton
The Thirty-eighth and Thirty-first were for a time separated from the brigade in crossing a ravine, thus falling under the command of Colonel Evans
, and were accompanied in their subsequent movements by Capt. E. P. Lawton
, the gallant adjutant-general of the brigade.
These two regiments were actively engaged from the beginning, and participated in the last decisive charge, losing 83 killed and 259 wounded, total 342, while the aggregate brigade loss was 492. Captain Lawton
had his horse killed and was slightly wounded; Lieut.-Col. L. J. Parr
, in command