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[171] by Adams' brigade, which came up a little after us.

I was then ordered to take a new position to thwart an anticipated flank movement of the enemy from the left, rendered practicable by the advance of our division. This movement was not attempted, and soon the whole brigade was formed on the prolongation of my line, throwing me on the extreme left. In a few minutes we were ordered to move forward and a line of skirmishers was thrown out and they immediately opened a brisk fire.

It became apparent that the right of the enemy extended considerably beyond my left, and, as there was no support for my left, I feared that the enemy would turn my flank; but the order to advance was positive, and we advanced up the hill at a double-quick, under a galling fire from the enemy, who was fighting behind some hastily constructed breastworks. The colors were not more than a dozen steps from the enemy, and in another minute we would have driven them from their works, but the regiments to my right were already falling back and, as I had anticipated, the enemy was getting in my rear and pouring a destructive fire upon my left flank. I therefore gave the order to fall back, and, by obliquing to the left, I withdrew the regiment in safety and rallied it at the foot of the hill. Lieut. J. Cabell Breckinridge, of Major-General Breckinridge's staff, was here of essential service to me. Riding fearlessly along where the balls fell thickly about him, he cheered the men by his noble example and rallied them by his encouraging words.

My loss in the charge was very heavy. Samuel Neeley, the color-bearer, fell near the breastworks and Robert McKay, of the color-guard, close to his side, both severely wounded, and 4 of the color company were left dead on the field. The infirmary detail did its duty faithfully and by removing the wounded as they fell prevented the enemy from capturing them. The brigade was now withdrawn and not brought into action again until

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