Zzzwilliamsburg and Sharpsburg.
on the 5th of May, 1862, he led the Twenty-fourth Virginia and Fifth North Carolina Regiments of his brigade in an assault upon a six-gun battery and redoubt, defended by the brigade of General Hancock
, and was badly wounded in the charge.
The movement was so bravely made that it won from the chivalrous Hancock
the compliment which President Davis
quotes in his history of the Confederacy
: ‘That the Twenty-fourth Virginia and Fifth North Carolina Regiments should have the word immortal inscribed upon their banners.’
He reported for duty at Malvern Hill
before he was well of his wound, and made his mark at Cedar Run
, and Manassas
's northern march to Sharpsburg
Critical conjuncture was that of the Confederate army there on September 17, 1862-the bloodiest day in American history.
With a river at his back and his entire command in the front, without reserves, Lee
, with less than 40,000 men, resisted McClellan
long with his heavy masses, including two corps that never fired a gun. Jackson
's Division, under J. R. Jones
, and Ewell
's Division, under Lawton
, were nearly annihilated by the tremendous assault of Sumner
's and Hooker
was wounded; Starke
, succeeding him, was killed; Lawton
was wounded, and Early
, succeeding him, found but little more than his own brigade left in fighting shape.
Assisted by Grigsby
and some 300 men of Jackson
's Division, he, with his brigade, repulsed one assault, when suddenly Green
's Federal Division penetrated our lines and appeared on his right flank.
Promptly facing his men by flank to meet it, and marching behind a rocky ledge, he repelled these intruders, and then, reinforcements arriving, he joined them and beat back Sumner