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‘ [171] including a lieutenant-colonel.’ In general, during the assault, ‘Waul's Texas legion,’ said Lee, ‘particularly distinguished itself, under its brave colonel, by its coolness and gallantry.’ Waul and Lieut.-Col. B. Timmons were especially mentioned by Lee among the officers conspicuous during the entire siege. According to the report of Colonel Waul, in the resistance to the Federal assault every officer of the staff present was either killed or seriously wounded. Louis Popendieck, assistant adjutant-general, and John Neville Simmons, aidede-camp, after very gallant behavior, fell, leaving an undying record of courage and dauntless bearing. When other troops refused to volunteer to drive the Federals from the redoubt on their left, ‘General Lee directed the colonel of the legion to have the fort taken. He immediately went, taking with him one battalion of the legion to aid or support the assailants, if necessary, informing Capt. L. D. Bradley and Lieut. J. Hogue (who commanded the two companies of the legion previously sent to reinforce the redoubt). These gallant officers not only willingly agreed, but solicited the honor of leading their companies to the assault. Not wishing to expose a larger force than necessary, Captain Bradley was ordered to select 20 and Lieutenant Hogue 15 men from their respective companies. Lieutenant-Colonel Pettus, thoroughly acquainted with the locality and its approaches, came, musket in hand, and most gallantly offered to guide and lead the party into the fort. With promptness and alacrity they moved to the assault, retook the fort, drove the enemy through the breach they entered, tore down the stand of colors still floating over the parapet, and sent them to the colonel commanding. . . . The enemy, driven from the fort, ensconced themselves behind the parapet in the outer ditch. Two companies were immediately ordered to the fort to aid in dislodging the enemy. Many of the men mounted the parapet, and fired into the ditch, subjecting themselves to the aim of its occupants and the ’

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