, where the Ninth Virginia was made a part of it. It then moved to Richmond
, and then to a camp on the Williamsburg
road below Richmond
It was at Seven Pines
, but only slightly engaged on the second day of the battle.
The brigade was at Malvern Hill
and engaged in that memorable charge.
thus speaks of it:
‘The battle of Tuesday, July 1, was the most terrific that can be conceived of. My imagination never pictured anything to equal it. I lost in killed and wounded on that day about one-fourth of my regiment.
They all acted nobly.
Men never fought better.
The battle flag of the regiment which we carried into the fight has forty-seven shot holes in it; and every man in my color guard wounded.
During a charge a shell burst near me, killing two of my men, wounding Capt. Bruce
so severely that he only survived twenty-four hours, wounded several others, knocked me down and burnt all of the beard off the right side of my face, scorched the sleeve of my coat from my hand up. The shock was so great that I did not recover from it for several hours.’
From this description you can form some idea of that terrible battle in which our forces attempted to dislodge the enemy from the crown of Malvern Hill
, defended by fifty pieces of artillery and compact lines of infantry, raking an open field of three-fourths of a mile.
Brave men of this city, of my own regiment, the Ninth Virginia, poured out on the battlefield that rich blood which even at this late day brings sorrow to hearts still beating.
The Fourteenth regiment remained in the neighborhood of Shirley
until Gen. McClellan
embarked his forces and left for Washington
It then went to Hanover Junction
, then through Louisa county
and on to join Lee
's army, which it did on the upper Rappahannock
It was at Second Manassas
and was in the Maryland campaign
The battle of Sharpsburg
was fought on Wednesday, the 17th of September, 1862, from 3 A. M. to night.
The two armies held their respective positions all the next day without firing a gun. Lee
crossed the Potomac
early on the morning of the 19th. Col. Hodges
writing on the 22nd of September, says that General Armistead
was wounded early on the morning