Georgians that I was afraid my orders would not justify me in waiting.
I would, therefore, continue my advance, feeling strengthened by the assurance of his support, and at once ordered the regiment forward.
As we entered the abattis the enemy poured in their volley, but our line moved on without halt or check and drove them through the woods, into and through a large camp; so large that the regiment did not cover half of it, and were pressing them routed and in full flight, beyond, when a fire on my right and rear from this portion of the camp, untouched by us in the advance, admonished me to halt long enough to take our bearings, and at least see if it was necessary to turn upon those still in camp before proceeding farther.
On looking back I saw a regiment coming up from the rear, and finding it to be the Fifth South Carolina (Colonel Giles
), directed its charge through the portion of the camp still occupied by the enemy.
Without using any superlatives in regard to this noble regiment, I need only say to you comrades of the Sixth, who were associated with them on so many battlefields, that they put in this their first work, under my eye in that not merely gallant but effective style which characterized their conduct throughout the war. They made a clean sweep of the camp and pressed on, coming up on our right in good order.
We were in the act of moving on after the flying enemy when I received an order from Colonel Jenkins
to halt until he could join us with his regiment, the Palmetto Sharpshooters.
On looking back I saw the regiment coming up from the rear, on the left of the camp through which I had passed and towards my left.
Anxious to press forward so as to pass through a formidable abattis immediately in our front as nearly as possible with the routed enemy, and thus prevent their formation on the other side, I sent him a request urging him to move up as we were losing precious time, and posted myself between my regiment and the Fifth, that I might give the signal to Giles
to advance as soon as Jenkins
arrived on our line.
He halted, however, thirty or forty paces in rear of our line and sent an order to align ourselves on his right.
His front was directed considerably to the left of ours, while ours fronted on the direct line of the flight of the enemy.
Just then General Anderson
rode up and, conducting him a few paces to the front, I pointed out the situation; the abattis or slashings on slightly declining ground much wider and more formidable than the first, with thick growth of scrubby trees on the other edge, screening completely what might be there.
By this time not an enemy was in sight, not a gun was being fired in my front.
quietly said, ‘Move your regiment across ’