vantage height which seemed to assure success.
On their side, the Louisianians squinted up at the enemy's battery with their pieces on the level.
Let General Beauregard
speak of the result:
‘It was at this stage of the affair that a remarkable artillery duel was commenced and maintained on one side with a long trained professional opponent, superior in the character as well as in the number of his weapons, provided with improved munitions and every artillery appliance, and at the same time occupying the commanding position.
The results were marvelous and fitting precursors to the artillery achievements of the 21st of July.
In the outset our fire was directed against the enemy's infantry, who indicated their presence and force.
This drew the attention of a battery placed on a high commanding ridge, and the duel began in earnest. ... Shot fell and shells burst thick and fast in the midst of our battery—wounding in the course of the combat Captain Eshleman
, five privates, and the horse of Lieutenant Richardson
... By direction of General Longstreet
, his battery (two 6-pounder brass guns of Walton
's battery) was then advanced by hand, out of the range now ascertained by the enemy. .. .From the new position our guns—fired as before, with no other aim than the smoke and flash of their adversaries' pieces—renewed and urged the conflict with such signal vigor and effect that gradually the fire of the enemy slackened, the intervals between their discharges grew longer and longer finally to cease, and we fired a last gun at a baffled, flying foe, whose heavy masses in the distance were plainly seen to break and scatter in wild confusion and utter rout.’
Though occupying an inferior position, though serving guns of far lighter metal and though without any advantage of shelter, the Louisianians, in the conflict of battle so graphically described, stood at the last erect upon the field where the duel had been fought.
The officers immediately in command were Captain Eshleman