wounded that it impeded the advance of the later aspirants for glory or death.
In this fourth charge a gallant Federal officer came within 100 feet of Cobb
's line before he fell, but the great mass of the dead was piled at about 100 yards distance, beyond which no organized body was permitted to approach.
In spite of these terrible reverses, a fifth and a sixth charge were made before night came to end the terrible slaughter.
The musketry alone killed and wounded about 5,000, to which the artillery added enough to make 7,000 maimed, dead and dying, lying on that horrible field of destruction.
has written that about 1 p. m. General Cobb
reported that he was short of ammunition.
‘I sent his own very intelligent and brave courier, little Johnny Clark
, from Augusta, Ga.
, to bring up his ordnance supplies, and directed General Kershaw
to reinforce General Cobb
with two of his South Carolina regiments, and I also sent the Sixteenth Georgia, which had been detached, to report to General Cobb
also tells how a Georgia boy, William Crumley
, an orderly of General Kershaw
, seeing his chief's horse in a very dangerous position, rode the animal up a slope, exposed to the hottest fire of the enemy, left him in a safe place, and returning by the same way with an inferior horse, rejoined the general, who, until Crumley
's return, was ignorant of his daring feat.
was moving forward, General Cobb
fell mortally wounded during the third assault upon his line, and Kershaw
took command of the line and Colonel McMillan
of the brigade.
's wound was by a musket ball in the calf of the leg. He was carried to the field hospital in the rear and given every attention, but he died soon afterward.
Gen. R. E. Lee
alluded to him as one of the South
's noblest citizens and the army's bravest and most distinguished officers, and the whole nation joined with unaffected sympathy in the sorrow which overwhelmed his native State.
As General McLaws
has said, every one