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[177] fight, and fell mortally wounded by the last volleys of the enemy. I promised him during the engagement that I would mention his good conduct, and as he was borne dying from the field, he turned his boyish face upon me, and with a light and pleasant smile reminded me of my promise.

The First Texas battery, commanded by Capt. James P. Douglas, belonging to Deshler's brigade, was not engaged on the 19th. On the 20th it followed the brigade as far as the open field, covered thickly with felled timber, when, finding it impossible to follow us further, Captain Douglas moved toward our left flank, and came into another field, where he was exposed to the enemy's fire. He immediately opened fire on Douglas from two of his batteries, killing one of his horses and knocking down one of his wheels. He extricated himself from this position, and, by order of Major-General Cleburne, took position on the hill with the brigade of Brigadier-Generals Wood and Polk in the rear of my line. He afterward moved down on the right where Brigadier-General Polk was warmly engaging the attention of the enemy, disengaged his horses, and carried off his pieces by hand in the very face of the foe. He fired a few rounds at 60 or 80 yards' distance from the enemy, advancing his pieces by hand with the line of Brigadier-General Polk's brigade. The enemy was soon routed and fled the field. Too much praise cannot be bestowed on Captain Douglas and the officers and men of his battery for their gallant conduct. They were not engaged for any considerable length of time, but the very short quarters at which Captain Douglas threw down the gauntlet soon decided the enemy to yield the field to a battery that could charge a brigade of infantry behind their rifle-pits.

Capts. J. T. Hearne and B. F. Blackburn and Lieut. G. B. Jewell, of the brigade staff, are entitled to my thanks for promptly reporting to me when Brigadier-General Deshler fell, and for their valuable services rendered to me during the engagement. The aggregate strength of the brigade, including the battery, on the morning of the 19th, was 1,783. I lost in the fight 52 killed and 366 wounded.

General Robertson, commanding Hood's old brigade, reported that on the 19th he advanced in the face of stubborn opposition and gained the crest of a hill which was

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