At sunrise on May 4th Early, moving forward, reoccupied Marye's hill.
A few of its defenders were found there, some dead, some wounded.
That stone wall, which skirted the sunken road, had again grown fatalistic.
This time, its fatalism had turned against its friends.
On May 3, 1862, Sedgwick
earned the empty honor of capturing Marye's hill and a few prisoners and guns.
Upon some drunken rowdies of his corps fell the dishonor—fortunately rare in the annals of civilized warfare—of killing prisoners on the hill after they had surrendered.1
At this Fredericksburg
battle the loss of Hays
' brigade was 63 killed and 306 wounded.
On May 2d and 3d the Second Louisiana brigade, now led by Brig.-Gen. Francis T. Nicholls
, was to be found on the Plank
road, either resting on the highway or deployed along it toward the Chancellor house
the battle swayed during the two days, at times fiercely, with a resolute purpose of the enemy's masses to envelope, anaconda-like, our slenderer lines; at other times, utilizing heavy guns to clear the Plank
road of our men. The artillery was specially destructive on Saturday, the 2d.
About 9:30 p. m. the head of Nicholls
' brigade halted on the Plank
road about half a mile from Chancellor's house, and the road was swept by a destructive artillery fire.
It was here that the gallant Nicholls
had the misfortune to be seriously wounded, a shell tearing his left leg, necessitating immediate amputation.2 Col. J. M. Williams
, Second Louisiana, assumed