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Zzzcaptain Waid's statement.

Captain Waid says: While passing Drewry's Bluff Colonel Morrison stopped his horse on the roadside, and, as my company approached, said: ‘Waid, take command of the regiment; I want to see a friend at Drewry's Bluff.’

He goes on to tell of the dispositions for attack, and says: ‘Glancing to the rear just as we started on the charge, I received a special inspiration, as it were. A few paces in rear, standing on an abandoned earthwork, was General M. D. Corse, waving his hat above his head, and cheering on the men with his well-known phrase on such occasions, “Go it, my bullies.” After reaching the works, General Corse's orders having been executed, my skirmishers were halted in the trenches of the Howlett line, and I was awaiting further [22] instructions when Colonel Morrison rode up to me from the direction of the left of my line, and I becoming aware of his presence with his regiment, my command of it ceased, but not till then.’

(Ah! Jimmie, here I think your recollection is at fault. I could scarcely get through that swamp on foot. Would never have done so on horseback, and I came from the right.)

First Lieutenant William L. Smith, of the Fifteenth Virginia Infantry, says: ‘Haw's mistake was quite a natural one; he being at one point of the line, could not possibly tell what took place at all times at other points. The facts in the case are these: While we were in skirmish line under the brow of the hill and protected by a slight thicket of trees, you came up and passed in rear of Company A, going to the right. A few moments later we advanced to the attack. I do not know whether you saw Captain Waid assume command or not. I know positively it was at this time you came up, for I remember, distinctly, remarking to one of my comrades, “Well, the Colonel is up just in time for the ball.” ’


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