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[217] be moved without greatly injuring his line. I sent a request to General Law to look to them. At this point, my assistant adjutant and inspector-general reported from the Fourth and Fifth that they were hotly engaged and wanted reinforcements. My courier, sent to General Hood, returned and reported him wounded and carried from the field. I sent a messenger to LieutenantGen-eral Longstreet for reinforcements, and at the same time sent to Gens. George T. Anderson and Benning, urging them to hurry up to my support. They came up, joined as, and fought gallantly, but as fast as we would break one line of the enemy, another fresh one would present itself, the enemy reinforcing his lines on our front from his reserves at the base of the mountain to our right and front, and from his lines to our left. Having no attack from us in front, he threw his forces from there on us.

Before the arrival of Generals Anderson and Benning, Col. J. C. G. Key, who gallantly led the Fourth Texas regiment in, up to the time of receiving a severe wound, passed me, being led to the rear. About the same time I learned of the fall and dangerous wounding of Col. R. M. Powell, of the Fifth, who fell while gallantly leading his regiment in one of the impetuous charges of the Fourth and Fifth Texas on the fortified mountain. Just after the arrival of General Anderson on my left, I learned that the gallant Col. Van H. Manning, of the Third Arkansas, had been wounded and carried from the field, and about the same time I received intelligence of the wounding and being carried from the field of those two able and efficient officers, Lieut.-Cols. K. Bryan, of the Fifth, and B. F. Carter, of the Fourth, both of whom were wounded while bravely discharging their duty. Capt. J. R. Woodard, acting major of the First Texas, was wounded near me while gallantly discharging his duty.

The Fourth and Fifth Texas, under the command of Majs. J. P. Bane and J. C. Rogers, continued to hold the ground of their original line, leaving the space over which they had made their successive discharges strewn with their wounded and dead comrades, many of whom could not be removed, and were left upon the field. The First Texas, under Lieutenant-Colonel Work, with a portion of Benning's brigade, held the field and the batteries taken by the First Texas. Three of the guns were brought off

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