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‘  concentrated fire from the enemy's lines A few shell used as hand-grenades bursting among the enemy soon caused them to surrender. . . . In the pursuit Lieut.-Col. J. Wrigley captured the other stand of colors.’ The loss of the legion during the siege of Vicksburg was 10 officers killed, wounded 37, missing 1; 37 enlisted men killed, 153 wounded, 7 missing; total 245. Among the killed were Maj. Allen Cameron, and Capts. Samuel Carter and J. A. Ledbetter. The Second Texas, in Moore's brigade, lost 21 killed and 56 wounded in the battle of May 22d. General Moore reported that the enemy made determined assaults, but were gloriously repulsed. ‘Their greatest efforts were made against that portion of the line occupied by that veteran and gallant regiment the Second Texas. . . They were easily repulsed in the morning, but in the afternoon charge they were more determined, coming up even into the outer ditch of the Second Texas redoubt. The Second Texas captured two stands of colors.’ Then abandoning assault, the enemy pushed his rifle-pits up to within thirty paces of the Texas line. The position held by the Second Texas was of paramount importance, covering the Baldwin's Ferry road, and the regiment had been moved out of its place in the brigade at midnight, May 17th, to man it. When the enemy first appeared, Capt. William Christian with his company met them as skirmishers, reinforced by Captain Debord, all under Maj. G. W. L. Fly. During the next three days they were under fire and suffered from a fierce bombardment. The detailed report of Colonel Smith is of great interest, describing the assault made by a column of 5 regiments, and the gallantry of the Texans standing on the banquette, exposed to a terrific fire which they returned with decisive effect. The fort was so far in advance that it had no support, and the enemy had abundant shelter from which to fire at close range. Early in the day the incessant stream of minie bullets tore up and scattered
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