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[258] his train 300 or 400 yards, until he was completely routed. . . .

Hearing heavy firing on my left flank and in my rear, I marched to the rear and moved forward to aid Colonel Monroe, who was fighting at least 1,500 Federal infantry, and a battery of artillery posted in the road about 100 yards above a house, which was filled with infantry. As fast as each regiment came into position, it became heavily engaged with the enemy. At this time, Hughey's battery . . . was doing terrible work, and continued to fire grape and canister into the enemy's battery, about 400 yards in advance, until all the horses and many of the cannoneers were killed. The musketry firing was terrible. Notwithstanding this terrible fire, Cabell's brigade stood for an hour and a half without any assistance. The brigade suffered here terribly, and many of its best officers and men were killed and many wounded.

After this, General Dockery's command came up on the left of Cabell's brigade, and attacked the enemy vigorously, supported by Hill's regiment of Cabell's brigade. I charged the enemy and drove him into the house and through the train, capturing two pieces of artillery and over 200 prisoners. The train was then completely in our possession. The enemy, however, returned some distance higher up the road to our left, and attempted to recapture the train by taking advantage of the confusion owing to the commingling of commands. I immediately formed line of battle again with Cabell's brigade, and threw two regiments of Shelby's mounted men on my right, and moved rapidly toward the enemy. The firing became general and very heavy. My men continued to advance steadily and routed the enemy the third time, and continued the pursuit until his lines were driven more than a mile beyond the train, when I sent some cavalry in pursuit, which captured many prisoners. . . .

The killed and wounded of Cabell's brigade show how stubborn the enemy was, and how reluctantly they gave up the train. Men never fought better than mine. They whipped the best infantry regiment that the enemy had (old veterans, as they were called), and in numbers superior to mine. It would be invidious to particularize any regiment, when all fought, both officers and men, with gallantry and with such daring. Three different positions were taken; three different lines of battle formed by this

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