The Second to the front.
Just after that sally of the Thirty-third, the Second Virginia Infantry, under Colonel James W. Allen
, which was the next regiment to its right, advanced to the assault.
, born in Shenandoah
, had moved with his father's family in boyhood to Bedford county
, and had attended the old New London Academy.
He graduated from the Virginia Military Institute in 1849, and became there an assistant professor of mathematics after first teaching at the Piedmont Institute
No report from him appears in the war records, but an extract from it is found in ‘The Memorial of the Virginia Military Institute,’ by Charles D. Walker
, p. 324, which indicates that it has been published in the press, and it happily preserves the continuity of the story of the Stonewall Brigade at Manassas
had but one eye, and during the cannonade which preceded the infantry combat on that day, a shot cut off the limb of a pine tree and hurled it in his other eye, temporarily blinding him. He afterward greatly distinguished himself, and was killed while in command of the brigade at Gaines' Mill
, June 27, 1862.