both parties for about an hour, when the enemy gave way slowly before the close pressure of our gallant men; but soon a new line of the enemy appeared and our advance was checked.
His resistance now seemed more stubborn than before for more than twenty minutes, when the enemy sullenly gave back a little, apparently to seek a better, position, but still held us at bay. Now the results of the day seemed doubtful.
It was whispered down the line, particularly in the Sixth and Thirtysec-ond Georgia
regiments, that our ammunition was failing and no ordnance train in sight.
This I immediately reported to General Colquitt
, who urged that we hold our ground, stating that ammunition would certainly reach us directly.
This, I am proud to say, was heroically complied with by my command, many of them for fifteen or twenty minutes standing their ground without a round of ammunition.
Seeing the critical position of affairs I dismounted, placed one of my staff whose horse had been disabled upon mine, and he, with the remainder of my staff and couriers, was employed in conveying ammunition from a train of cars some half mile or more distant.
By several trips they succeeded in supplying sufficient ammunition to our line to enable the reopening of a rapid and effective fire, before which the enemy had commenced to retire slowly, still keeping up his fire upon us, when the First Florida battalion, under command of Lieut.-Col. C. F. Hopkins
, and a section of Guerard
's battery, under Lieut. W. Robert Gignilliat
, arrived from the intrenchments.
I at once ordered the former to the support of the Sixty-fourth Georgia, whose ammunition was nearly exhausted, and the latter to take position and open fire near the left center.
These reinforcements, together with some that arrived upon the right, served to embolden our men and intimidate the enemy, for their retreat now became more hurried and their fire less rapid and effective.
Under instruction from General Colquitt
I now threw forward the Sixth and Thirtyond ’