In telling the story of heroic deeds, this of Richardson
's drivers should not be forgotten.
The three Louisiana batteries aside from the Washington artillery won equal honor.
If one called them the D'Artagnan, Athos
and Porthos of the Louisiana
artillery contingent in the army of Northern Virginia, one would not go far wrong.
Among their comrades they were known as the Louisiana Guard artillery, Maurin
's Donaldsonville Cannoneers, and Moody
's Madison ‘Tips.’
Capt. Charles A. Green
, of the Guard, with his Parrott guns, joined Hampton
's cavalry on the evening of the 2d just in time to engage the enemy.
At their position they could see the enemy's wagon-trains rolling away.
The Guard could do nothing toward their capture, for the business in hand was of a more war-like nature.
On the 3d they gave effective aid to Stuart
in the cavalry battle on the right flank.
The Guard lost 7 killed and wounded. Maurin
's Donaldsonville boys were just in time at Gettysburg
, July 1st, to relieve one of Pegram
's batteries whose ammunition had been expended on the foe. To keep worthily in a heady fight the place of a Pegram battery, was not easy; doubtless Pegram
's eyes, young but keen, looking approvingly on the work and on the men doing it. Moody
's Madison boys, with Alexander
, shared the work of Colonel Walton
's men shelling the Peach orchard
on the 2d and the memorable artillery duel of the 3d.
They were warmly commended by Colonel Alexander
Only as Confederates is it permitted to us, in this work, to express an interest in Pickett
's mighty charge.
As Louisianians, it is made our duty to report a gallant charge up the same Cemetery hill
by a Louisiana brigade commanded by a brigadier from Louisiana
We need not repeat the glorious story of July 3d.
It is one of those tales of heroes which, as the Skalds tell us were rehearsed in Valhalla
, will grow in acute interest as