were then ordered to make a charge.
The heart of any commander would have thrilled with proud delight at the splendid heroism they displayed.
They fought as only brave men fight.
Charging up to the long line of wagons under a heavy fire, they pressed on until the enemy gave way and fell back to the woods, pursued by our intrepid dragoons.
The captain demanded a surrender, ordering them to throw down their arms.
This was all done before they had time to learn the strength of our force.
As we passed the wagons in the charge Captain Dickison
directed his surgeon, Dr. Williams
, to remain with the wagons and stop our advance as they came up. At this juncture Lieutenant McEaddy
, in making ready for a charge, struck a pond, around which he with a few of his command made the charge, Colonel Wilcoxson
with his staff and a detachment of 20 cavalry being at that.
moment ready to meet him. They charged down the hill upon our men, coming up near where the prisoners had surrendered.
Our command then fired into the colonel's escort which dashed off on the road toward the wagons, where a lively fight ensued, our surgeon and Sergeant Cox
with 10 men killing and capturing every one, except Colonel Wilcoxson
He fought fearlessly.
After firing his last shot he threw his pistol at one of our soldiers, then drew his sword and started down the road where 3 men were guarding the prisoners.
There was but one way for him to make his escape, between this guard and Captain Dickison
, who was on the watch, fearing the prisoners would revolt.
Seeing this officer approaching, not knowing who he was, he rode on to meet him, and demanded a surrender.
Driven to desperation, the Federal
drew his sword and made a furious charge at Dickison
, who fired, the shot taking effect in his left side.
As their horses were moving rapidly they passed each other.
quickly turned and soon gained upon his adversary, whose glittering sword flashed defiance.
Again he fired with sure aim, the saber strokes