hope of winning peace upon the soil of that State, but, alas, at Sharpsburg, from ‘early morn till dewy eve,’ we fought till
To the right, to the left and around, and around,It was a drawn battle—and sadly the Potomac was recrossed at Shepherdstown. The fifth Company were not idle and were heard meanwhile at Mumfordsville and at Perryville, Ky. In December, at Fredericksburg, Va., the battalions held the post of honor on Marye's Hill against repeated attacks of the Federal troops
Death whirled in its dance on the bloody ground,
'Till God's sunlight was quenched in fiery fight,
And over the hosts fell brooding night.
For the foe had crossed from the other sideMurfreesboro and Stone river followed in quick succession. In Virginia the four companies participated at Chancellorsville, and at Gettysburg, Pa., were honored by being chosen to fire the two signal guns that opened the great battle of July 3. In the West came Jackson, Miss., Chickamauga, and Missionary Ridge. In Virginia the battalion was doing brave work. The Russian Field Marshal Suwarrow once sent word to the Austrian Archduke Charles, ‘I know nothing of defensive warfare; I only know how to attack.’ The Washington Artillery could not say they knew nothing of ‘defensive warfare,’ but certainly it was always more to their inclination to take the aggressive, and at Drewry's Bluff Suwarrow's tactics of ‘Stupay, Ibey’ (‘advance and strike’), was the order of the day, and with his army badly beaten, old ‘Ben Butler was bottled.’ In the west the guns of the Fifth Company were engaged at Cassville, Dallas, New Hope Church, Pine Mountain aad Kennesaw mountain. At the latter place fell Louisiana's lamented Bishop, General Leonidas Polk.
That day, in the face of a murderous fire
That swept them down in its terrible ire:
And their life-blood went to color the tide.
The fern on the hill-sides was splashed with blood,
And down in the corn where poppies grew,
Were redder stains than the poppies knew;
And crimson-dyed was the rivers' flood.