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[220] taken up by J. A. Howard, who was almost instantly killed. Sergt. W. S. Evans bore the colors during the remainder of the fight.


The Wilderness to Appomattox.

At the outset of the Virginia campaign of 1864 the Texas brigade was commanded by Brig.--Gen. John Gregg, in Maj.-Gen. Charles W. Field's division of Longstreet's corps, General Hood having remained with the army of Tennessee. The Fourth was commanded by Colonel Bane, and the Fifth by Lieutenant-Colonel Bryan (commander of First not noted). They were in battle on the 6th of May at the Wilderness,1 and reached Spottsylvania Court House on the 8th. On the 10th they aided in repulsing the last and most desperate assault by the enemy upon Field's position. During the remainder of the fighting here and at Cold Harbor, they manifested their old-time courage and tenacity. They were on the line at Kershaw's salient, where fourteen Federal assaults were repulsed with great slaughter. After serving on the Petersburg lines in the early summer the brigade was transferred to the north side of the James before Richmond. In September, about the time of the capture of

1 In an account of this battle by Gen. E. M. Law (‘Battles and Leaders of the Civil War’), describing the magnificent entry upon the scene of Longstreet's corps on the second day, and the advance of Kershaw's division, he says: ‘Nearly at the same moment Field's division took the left of the road, with Gregg's brigade in front. As the Texans swept past the batteries where General Leo was standing, they gave a rousing cheer for “Marse Robert,” who spurred his horse forward and followed them in the charge. When the men became aware that he was “going in” with them, they called loudly to him to go back. “We won't go unless you go back,” was the general cry. One of the men dropped to the rear, and taking the bridle turned the general's horse around, while General Gregg came up and urged him to do as the men wished. . . . The Federals were advancing through the pines with apparently irresistible force, when Gregg's 800 Texans, regardless of numbers, flanks or supports, dashed directly upon them. There was a terrific crash, mingled with wild yells, which settled down into a steady roar of musketry. In less than ten minutes one-half of that devoted 800 were lying upon the field, dead or wounded; but they had delivered a staggering blow, and broken the force of the Federal advance.’

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