being probed by the fire of the artillery up the road which, I concluded from its continuance after I had sent to have it stopped, was from a battery of the enemy.
(It seems, however, that it was in fact D. H. Hill
's battery.) The wounded left on the field gathered around me, the noble fellows striving to assist me, when they needed assistance themselves.
Knowing that there was nothing to prevent it, I expected the five regiments alluded to to return and retake the field.
To avoid their capture and also danger from the artillery fire, I ordered all who could possibly do so to go to the rear and not wait for litter-bearers or ambulances.
All who could obeyed the order except Boyce Simonton
, of Company G, and Gandy
, of Company E.
They mutinied and refused to leave me, saying that those who had gone to the rear were to send for us all. I made the effort to go at least far enough to the rear to save these brave boys from capture; Gandy
had with him a prisoner, Captain John D. McFarland
, One Hundred and Second Pennsylvania Regiment.
(Finding that we could not spare guards for the prisoners taken, they were sent to the rear sometimes without them, but generally in charge of our wounded who were able to go back.
Some of them escaped through the gap between us in our advanced and constantly advancing position, and our supports). The only member of our party capable of helping another was this prisoner.
He rendered every assistance in his power.
Our progress was interrupted and delayed by fainting spells, and from the same cause, perhaps, we were diverted from our course to the right towards the railroad (our left as we went in.) At any rate, my first consciousness after a faint was of some one tugging at me, and the next was hearing the voice of our prisoner captain saying, ‘Handle him tenderly, boys, he was kind to me, and is badly wounded.’
The boys, two in number, belonged, if my memory is correct, to a New Hampshire regiment, and were detailed as a hospital guard.
They said that their hospital was not far off, but it was being moved, and they and our Pennsylvania
captain, although apprehensive of capture themselves, helped and urged us on to reach the hospital before the surgeon left.
But we made slow progress, until they saw their chaplain and called to him for assistance.
He quickly brought a litter, on which they took me to the hospital, which was presided over by Dr. Gesner
, of New York.
I shall never forget the kindness and tender attention of this surgeon and the chaplain.
I here learned how seriously Simonton
After making us as comfortable as the state of the case would admit