regulars, Maj. John D. Walker
; Eighth, Lieutenant-Colonel Towers
; Seventh, Col. W. T. Wilson
, and Eleventh, Lieut.-Col. William Luffman
The line then advanced in the most gallant manner, the men climbing the rough mountain side on their hands and knees to reach the enemy, who occupied the crest of the hill, and delivered a murderous fire in their faces as they made the perilous ascent.
Because of the nature of the ground and the impenetrable thickets, only the First regulars obtained a favorable position, but they inflicted severe punishment upon the enemy.
Capt. John G. Patton
brought down five with his pistol.
‘The regulars,’ said Colonel Anderson
, ‘both officers and men, behaved with distinguished gallantry, as they have on every occasion in which they have met the enemy, and I only regret that our army is not composed of just such men.’
On the 30th this brigade fought on the right of Toombs
' brigade, held its ground under a galling fire, and then drove the Federal
brigade confronting it from the field.
Seven or eight of the field officers and over fifty company officers were among the killed and wounded.
C. C. Harwick
, acting assistant adjutant-general
, was severely wounded at the outset, and Col. W. T. Wilson
, Seventh Georgia, the gray-haired hero of many fights, who so gallantly led the charge at Dam No. 1, near Yorktown
, was killed while cheering on his regiment.
' brigade, under Col. Henry L. Benning
, was also engaged at Thoroughfare gap, particularly the Twentieth regiment, which led in the advance under Maj. J. D. Waddell
, and charging upon a hill on the right of the gap, drove out a body of the enemy who might otherwise have done much mischief.
When it had been reinforced by the Second regiment, Lieut.-Col. W. R. Holmes
, the enemy was compelled to abandon his attempt to occupy this eminence with a battery.
On the 30th, the brigade advanced past the Chinn house
, and the Twentieth, after a forward