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[211] joined line on the left, led by General Hood and the gallant Fourth at the double-quick, and the whole line . charged the ravine with a yell, General Hood and Colonel Law gallantly leading their men. At the bottom ran a deep and difficult branch, with scarped sides, answering admirably as a ditch. Over against this was a strong log breastwork, heavily manned; above this, on the crest, another breastwork, supported by well-served batteries; and a heavy body of timber, concealing the enemy, but affording full view of our movements. Spite of these terrible obstacles, over ditch and breastwork hill, batteries and infantry, the division swept routing the enemy from their stronghold. Many pieces of artillery were taken, fourteen in all, and nearly a whole regiment of the enemy. These prisoners were turned over by Col. J. B. Robertson, Fifth Texas, to BrigadierGen-eral Pryor or some of his staff. . . .

I take pleasure in calling special attention to the Fourth Texas regiment, which, led by Brigadier-General Hood, was the first to break the enemy's line and enter his works. Its brave old colonel (Marshall) fell early in the charge on the hither side of the ravine. . . . Colonel Rainey, First Texas, though seriously ill, joined his command on the field, and fell severely wounded. Col. John Marshall was shot dead, and the lieutenant-colonel (Bradfute Warwick) mortally wounded. Lieutenant-Colonel Robertson of the Fifth was wounded.

The loss in killed and wounded was reported as 13 and 62 in the Fifth Texas; 44 and 206 in the Fourth, and 14 and 64 in the First. Said General Hood in his report: ‘The guns were captured by the Fourth Texas and Eighth Georgia, and a regiment was taken prisoners by the Fifth Texas. . . . Among those who fell, killed or, mortally wounded, were Col. John Marshall, Lieut.-Col. B. Warwick, Capts. E. D. Ryan, J. W. Hutcheson, P. P. Porter and T. M. Owens, acting commissary of subsistence. Lieuts. R. J. Lambert, C. Reich, D. L. Butts. ’

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