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Killing deer.

I will relate an incident which happened on the Howlett line. Two deer passed through our company on the main lines of battle to the picket line, and both our pickets and the enemy's fired on them and killed them. They agreed that the game should be divided, and they went forward from each line and carried in the carcasses.

From the Howlett line we were ordered to Petersburg, and camped at or near Old Town Run, and worked on fortifications for a few days. From this place we went to Sutherland Station, thence to [12] Dinwiddie Courthouse, fighting all the way, and then back to Five Forks, fighting all day. At Five Forks we had a hard battle. The fighting force of the enemy was 3,100 infantry, and all of Sheridan's cavalry. Pickett's division constituted all the infantry of the Confederates.

The writer of this article was captured at this place, and thus ended his career as a Confederate soldier. What I have written is from memory.

I will mention several of the members of the original company (Brunswick Guards), viz: James A. Riddick was the only member of the original company who ever held a commission after it was disbanded, and placed in Company H, 53d regiment. He was elected lieutenant, and made a capable and efficient officer.

Adolphus Johnson, one of the color guards at the battle of Gettysburg, was killed upholding his flag. He was the last one of the guards to carry the colors, and bore them to the stone wall.

Fenton Williams was in only two battles of the war-Seven Pines and Gettysburg. He was severely wounded at Seven Pines, and sent to the hospital, where he contracted small-pox. He was killed in his first day's service after leaving the hospital, at the battle of Gettysburg.

I will add an extract from a letter received by the writer of these lines from Captain J. L. Latane, who commanded our company:

Of my opinion of the men as soldiers of the Old Brunswick Guards I cannot be too strong in words of praise, for, as I said on a former occasion, they were never called on to perform any duty day or night that it was not done most cheerfully, without a murmur or complaint, entirely subject to discipline, and to a man, as far as I can remember, doing what was ordered by those in authority. When I forget them and their deeds of heroism, may a just and righteous God forget me.


John L. Latane, Late Captain Company H, 53d Regiment Virginia Volunteers.

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