every step, until our progress was arrested by a lane, on either side of which was a high, staked fence stretching along our whole front, to pass which under the circumstances was an impossibility.
The men, being formed along this fence, kept up an accurate and well-sustained fire, which visibly told upon the enemy's ranks; and though we suffered greatly, as well from musketry in front as from a battery on our left, which enfiladed us with grape and canister, still, not a man flinched from the conflict. ... It was in the early part of this engagement that our brave and chivalric leader, Brig.-Gen. W. E. Starke
, loved and honored by every man under his command, fell pierced by three minie balls, and was carried from the field in a dying condition, surviving his wounds but an hour.’
Unsupported and about to be flanked, Colonel Stafford
withdrew the brigade, reformed his line reinforced by other troops, again rushed upon the exultant enemy and drove him from the field, where he left hundreds dead and wounded and did not again venture during the day. Called out again to support a battery, Colonel Stafford
, on account of a painful injury, turned over the command to Colonel Pendleton
himself escaped serious hurt, though a spherical case-shot passed between his feet.
Col. J. M. Williams
, commanding the Second, and Lieutenant-Colonel Nolan
, of the First, were badly wounded.
Capt. H. D. Monier
gallantly commanded the Tenth.
Among the officers killed were Capt. R. Grigsby
and Lieuts. R. P. Cates
, H. Hobart
, J. H. McBride
, M. V. B. Swann
, N. P. Henderson
, S. T. Robinson
and A. J. Alexander
The total loss of the brigade was 81 killed, 189 wounded and 17 missing, with no report from Coppens
' brigade fought with equal valor in this historic struggle of Jackson
's corps about the Dunker church.
Moving to the support of the Georgia
brigade, he advanced with his heroic 500 beyond their line, firing as he