the gorges of the hills vibrating with the shock and the two ridges echoing crash after crash.
The Washington artillery and the Madison
men were under both a direct and an enfilading fire, but stood bravely to their work.
‘About 30 minutes after the signal guns had been fired,’ according to Major Eshleman
, ‘our infantry moved forward over the plateau in our front.’
and Lieutenant Battles
were then ordered forward, but they had suffered so severely that only four pieces could be taken to support the charge.
These, with one piece of Haskell
's battalion, were the only guns advanced, and they came under the concentrated fire of the enemy.
At the same moment, the brave men under Pickett
were seen falling back from the hill.
, Battles and Richardson
were then withdrawn.
It was found that Lieutenant Brown
was severely wounded, Lieutenant Battles
had both his guns disabled, and Miller
had lost so many horses that he could manage but one piece.
then, with the howitzers of Moody
's Madison artillery, Parker
's battery, and a section of Cabell
's, with the infantry 200 yards behind him, held the enemy in check till dark.
's loss was 3 killed, 26 wounded, 16 missing, and 37 horses killed.
was among the wounded.
Early in the day Captain Richardson
had pointed out to Major Eshleman
a 3-inch rifle gun abandoned by its defenders between the hostile lines, with the horses dead but harnessed to the pieces.
and James Brown
, drivers, at once volunteered to bring the piece off. The gun was drawn off, and ammunition with it, under a hot and jealous fire from the enemy's sharpshooters.
was not content with running this peril.
Finding that in order to serve the gun against its old masters horses and harness must be had, he set out to hunt these, groping in the sulphurous and perilous semi-darkness between the lines, and brought them in despite the sharpshooters.
A few days later the brave man was wounded