rapidly as possible, and advanced directly upon the enemy's works, the first line of which was composed of rough stones.
The enemy abandoned this, but just in rear was massed a heavy force.
By the time we reached this work, our lines all along, as far as I could see, had become very much weakened.
's brigade remained at the works fighting as long as any other troops on the right or left.
Every flag in the brigade except one was captured at or within the enemy's works.’
The First Tennessee had three color-bearers shot down, the third one at the works; the Thirteenth Alabama lost three; the Fourteenth Tennessee had four shot down, the Seventh Tennessee lost three, all under the same circumstances, except when the third color-bearer of the Seventh fell, the colors were torn from the staff by Capt. A. D. Norris
of that regiment, and concealed upon his person and restored to the regiment.
Of seven field officers of the brigade, five were wounded and captured inside of the enemy's works.
, Lieut.-Col. N. J. George
, First Tennessee, Major
(afterward lieutenant-colonel) Fite
, Seventh Tennessee, the noble Capt. W. H. Williamson
, afterward major of the Seventh, who lost an arm, were among the number.
The loss in company officers and men (their names were not reported) was in the same proportion.
Capt. John H. Moore
, of the Seventh Tennessee, one of the most distinguished officers of his rank in the service, in a communication published in the Philadelphia Times
, stated that he lost 40 killed and wounded out of a total of 47 of his company, and that one company of North Carolina
troops, of Pettigrew
's brigade, 84 strong, lost every officer and man killed or wounded.
added, that ‘in justice to the hundreds of Heth
's division who fell in the works on Cemetery hill
, in the lane and open fields, in the advance or retreat, I cannot be indifferent when the story of that grand charge is told, unless honors are divided with Heth