under a heavy artillery fire while supporting a battery.
On the 29th it fought with great coolness, steadiness and desperation on the extreme left of Jackson
It was subjected to a heavy artillery fire the next day, the 30th, and there was heavy skirmishing in its front until late in the afternoon.
Its loss was five killed and forty-five wounded.
The battle of Ox Hill
, near Fairfax Courthouse, was fought September 1, 1862, in a pouring rain.
The Twenty-eighth was on the left of the brigade and fought splendidly, though many of its guns fired badly on account of the moisture.
It was here that General Branch
, when he made known the fact that he was nearly out of ammunition, was ordered ‘to hold his position at the point of the bayonet.’
The Twenty-eighth, cold, wet and hungry, was ordered to do picket duty on the battlefield that night without fires.
This regiment was with the Army of Northern Virginia in its march into Maryland
; and the first day after crossing the Potomac
, September 5th, it feasted on nothing but green corn, browned on the ear before the fires made of the fences in the neighborhood.
This was not the first time the regiment had indulged in such a repast.
On the 14th of September it was with the brigade when it climbed the cliffs of the Shenadoah at midnight, and lay concealed next morning on the left and rear of the enemy in their works on ‘Bolivar Heights,’ in front of Harper's Ferry
, ready and eager for the order to assault, which order was never given as the enemy surrendered under the concentrated fire of the Confederate batteries.
It was in that memorable rapid march from Harper's Ferry
On reaching the right of the battlfield, the afternoon of the 17th of September, General A. P. Hill
dashed up, and in person ordered it at a double-quick up the road to the left, leading to the town, to defend an unsupported battery, and drive back the enemy's skirmishers who were advancing through a field of corn.
Two days afterward, September 19th, it constituted a part of the rear guard of General Lee
's army when he re-crossed the Potomac
, on the 20th of September, when the Confederates
could not use their artillery, it gallantly advanced ‘in the face of a storm of round shot, shell and grape,’ and gloriously helped to drive the enemy precipitately over the bank of the Potomac
, where so many were killed attempting to cross the river at the dam above the ford.
Here the regiment was compelled to lay all day on the Virginia
shore, and the enemy, from the opposite side of the river, fired