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[179] front of the brigade to the cornfield fence, where they sustained a most destructive fire from the enemy's artillery, which was protected by earthworks and supported by a long line of infantry drawn up in the field and in rifle-pits. The brigade advanced until near the fence, then opened fire. The enemy broke in confusion and the brigade was ordered to charge them before they could rally. The Sixth Florida regiment gallantly responded, leaping the fence, and dashed forward to the crest of the ridge, forcing the enemy's broken line to seek the nearest cover. This heroic regiment regained the ridge, cleared the cornfield of all the infantry, drove nearly all the gunners from the battery and would have certainly captured it but for an unfortunate interference which necessitated the withdrawal of this command, thus relinquishing the capture of the battery which but a few minutes before was regarded as almost accomplished. On the morning of September 20th Trigg's brigade was ordered to support General Manigault's brigade. The position of the enemy being indicated the battery assigned was ordered to take position and open fire. After several rounds, the enemy failing to respond, it was evident they had withdrawn from that part of the field. The next movement of the brigade was to support Williams' battalion of artillery. After giving it two hours support they were ordered to take position to resist an anticipated rear attack by the enemy's cavalry. For this purpose Colonel Trigg moved back with two regiments, the Seventh Florida and the First Florida dismounted cavalry. During the absence of these forces an urgent order came from General Preston, division commander, for the brigade to move rapidly forward to the support of the remainder of the division, and Colonel Finley, taking command of the two remaining regiments, the Sixth Florida and Fifty-fourth Virginia, moved rapidly toward the ridge where the enemy had made an obstinate stand. While the battle was raging furiously, Colonel Trigg arrived with the

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