who was on board the ‘Prince.’ There I met Colonel Smith,1 who ordered me back to camp as the gunboats had just commenced an attack on our batteries, and a large force of Federals were reported advancing on the Missouri side of the river. I had barely reached camp when the rattle of musketry and the booming of cannon announced that the battle had begun. Our regiment was ordered to to form in line and be ready to move at a moment's notice. One wild shout went up from a thousand throats at the prospect of meeting the enemy, and we were soon in line waiting with breathless anxiety for the command, ‘Forward march.’ Full two hours elapsed, the roar of cannon, and the rattle of musketry was incessant. We were beginning to fear that the Yankees would be whipped before we could cross the river, when a courier was seen to gallop up with an order for our Colonel—who turned to the regiment and gave the command, ‘Forward march.’ Never was a command more heartily obeyed. But as we descended the hill leading to the river, what a sight met our eyes. On the opposite shore we could plainly see the vandal hordes of Lincoln driving our men before them to the very brink of the river. The Confederates were apparently defeated, and were taking refuge under the river banks. The Federal flag was floating over the Confederate camp, and the enemy had captured our battery. At this critical juncture, our ‘big gun’ opened on them, and threw their lines into confusion. Under a terrific cannonade, we marched to the steamer and crossed the river under a heavy fire. General Polk crossed the river on the same boat with our regiment, and as the balls were falling thick and fast around us, a soldier said to him: ‘All right, General, we will have those guns turned in the other direction in a few minutes.’ ‘Yes,’ he said, ‘You must retake that battery.’ But before we could land, General Cheatham had rallied our men, flanked the enemy, recaptured the battery, and was driving the Yankees like chaff before the wind. We joined in the pursuit of the flying foe, and chasing them for seven miles, came up with them as they were embarking in their boats. Our brave boys charged up to within fifty yards of their gun-boats, and in the very mouth of their cannon, poured volley after volley of musketry into the crowded decks of their transports. Their big guns belched forth their deadly vomit of iron hail, but with little effect, as our regiment came off with a loss of fifteen wounded and one killed. Their route was
This text is part of:
Table of Contents:
General Beauregard 's report of the battle of Drury's Bluff .
Federal testimony as to the Merrimac and Monitor.
Report of General Braxton Bragg .
List of officers of the C. S. Iron-clad Virginia, March 8th , 1862 .
[read before the Louisville Southern Historical Association .]
Paper no. 4 .
A lecture delivered in Baltimore , in November , 1872 , by Rev. Dr. R. L. Dabney .
Letter to General Bragg .
[funeral eulogy at Port Gibson , December 27th , 1882 .]
Address of Hon. C. E. Hooker , of Mississippi .
Confederate Artillery at Second Manassas and Sharpsburg .
Our fallen comrades.
Speech of Colonel T. L. Bayne , of the Washington Artillery .
Unveiling of Valentine 's Recumbent figure of Lee at Lexington, Va. , June 28th , 1883 .
General Lee in command of the Army of Northern Virginia ���Richmond, Manassas , Harper's Ferry , Sharpsburg , Fredericksburg .
Sketch of the Lee Memorial Association .
The artist and his work.
Sketches of the Third Maryland Artillery .
Lee and Scott .
The Kentucky campaign.
The twenty-fourth South Carolina at the battle of Jonesboro .
Official report of Colonel George William Logan , on the engagement between the Federal gunboats and Fort Beauregard , on the 10th and Sixth May , 1863 .
Who fired the first gun at Sumter ?
A narrative of Stuart 's Raid in the rear of the Army of the Potomac .
The annual meeting of the Southern Historical Society .
Sketches of the Third Maryland Artillery .
Address of General Dabney H. Maury at the Reunion of Confederate veterans, Maury camp, no. 2 , Fredericksburg, Va. , August 23 , 1883 .
Stray leaves from a soldier's Journal.
Correction of errors in statement of Governor Anderson , and letter of General Echols .
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 United States License.
An XML version of this text is available for download, with the additional restriction that you offer Perseus any modifications you make. Perseus provides credit for all accepted changes, storing new additions in a versioning system.