sharpshooters through most of the field.
Arriving at the woods I formed line and looked about in vain for any of our troops.
I advanced into the woods and was met by a storm of balls from the rifles of the enemy, who was strongly posted behind breastworks upon the crest of a hill.
Then and there I met General Gracie
, who informed me that his brigade had been twice repulsed from the same hill.
Not being able to find my own brigade commander I put myself under his orders.
He at first directed me to take the hill, but upon my suggestion that it was hardly possible for my small regiment to do what his large brigade had failed to accomplish, he ordered me to remain where I was until he could reform his brigade, the locality of which he did not then know.
Being exposed to a severe fire, to which they could not reply, I ordered my regiment to fall back to the cover of a fence in the cornfield, which they did in good order.
My loss on this occasion was 1 killed and 9 wounded. Among the latter were Lieut.-Col. William Stockton
and Capt. Gaston Finley
, both slightly.’
Col. J. J. Finley
, Sixth Florida infantry, in his official report described vividly the experience of the 19th, when ‘the whole of my line was subjected for some time to the enemy's fire, solid shot and shell passing over and near, diagonally in many places, from right to left, frequently striking in front and ricocheting over my men, who were in a lying position.
It was at this time that a shell from the enemy's guns exploded upon the right of the third company, instantly killing First Lieut. James Hays
, then in command of his company, and his first sergeant, S. F. Staunton
and also Second Sergt. W. R. F. Potter
and wounding Lieut. S. Simmons
, on the left of the second company, commanded by Captain White
Of the gallant advance made by the regiment later in the day he said: ‘My regiment moved forward through the open field at a double-quick to the crest of the ridge, the distance of about 300 yards, under a raking fire from a battery of the ’