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Now the battery of the descending slope was advanced. Sergeant James R. Kent, of my company, suddenly plunged forward in a ditch, and I asked of him: ‘How are you hurt, Kent?’ for I knew he was hit. He answered: ‘Shot through the leg.’ About the time we sent ‘Big Foot Walker’ back for reinforcements, ‘Blackeyed Williams,’ as we called him, a private of my company, cried to me: ‘Look here, Captain,’ at the same time pulling up his shirt at the back and showing a cut where a bullet had a full mark about its depth in the flesh. Quite a number of the men on the hill top had been struck one way or another, and there were many nursing and tying up their wounds. Kent's leg had been fractured—the small bone—and he was captured.

Before an advance I went several times to the crest where our artillery was planted, and could see the enemy in our front throwing up dirt on the line which we afterwards took. Just before the cannonade commenced Major James Downing rode along the line of guns in our immediate front, carrying a flag.

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