enemy which was posted on my left, as well as from smallarms and sharpshooters in front.
When the crest of the ridge was attained, which brought us within about 60 yards of the enemy's advance, another battery in our front and still another diagonally to our right opened a hot and fierce fire upon us, still aided by the battery upon our left, which kept up without intermission an enfilading fire upon our whole line, which told with terrible effect upon my command.
After engaging the enemy in this position for about half an hour without any support, we were ordered to retire by the colonel commanding the brigade, who advanced with my regiment in the charge, witnessed its conduct and also fully apprehended the necessity of falling back to prevent the utter annihilation of the regiment.
While engaged with the enemy from the crest of the ridge his battery in our front was not more than 150 yards from our lines, and upon our first arrival in this position some of his infantry were not more than 50 yards in our front.
From this point we poured in a welldi-rected fire upon the infantry and the gunners in our front, which soon drove them back to the rifle-pits in rear of their battery—which I estimated to be about 150 yards in the rear of their battery—leaving the guns unmanned and the battery flag cut down.
The casualties of the regiment in the battle on the 19th were: officers, 2 killed, and 11 wounded; enlisted men, 33 killed, 119 wounded.’
Of the work of the regiments under his command on the evening of the 20th Colonel Finley
reported that in their advance in front of Gracie
's and Kelly
's brigades, they opened fire upon the enemy and continued to advance steadily and constantly ‘until we swept the heights, silencing the fire of our adversary, driving him from his position and causing him to retire.’
Being annoyed by a battery on the right, in an oblique direction, he ordered a bayonet charge against it, but before this could be accomplished the enemy had retired and succeeded in withdrawing his piece.
Later the Sixth and Seventh and the