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At 1:30 o'clock I saw General Hatch speak to Colonel Bennett, chief of staff, who at once rode to me and said, “Follow me.” I replied, “I would like a moment to close up my men, Colonel,” when he said, in a most excited manner, “General Hatch's orders are for you to follow me.” Well, after Bennett's remark I had only to follow, which I did. Arriving near the section of artillery, he said, “Go to the rear of that battery, file to the left and charge!” I obeyed orders—all but the charging! On the right of the battery I looked around and found Lieutenant Reid and eight men. How the cannon shot tore down that hill and up that road. I could see where the 55th had charged and the dead lying there. “Wagner” always seemed to me the most terrible of our battles, but the musketry at Honey Hill! ( “ Georgians,” under Willis, Edwards, Wilson, Cook and Jackson, and “3d South Carolina cavalry,” as infantry, under Major John Jenkins responsible), was something fearful. The rebel yell was more prominent (artillery, cavalry and infantry, all responsible) than ever I heard it!


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