Major-General Hill's Address to the 12th Mississippi regiment.
While the 12th Mississippi regiment was drawn up in line of battle on Thursday, the 5th inst, Major-General Hill
, commanding the division in which it operates, rode up and addressed it relative to its conduct in the recent battle before Richmond
The substance of his remarks was as follows:
Twelfth Mississippi: I witnessed with my own eyes your on the battle field on Saturday, and I am proud to say that you maintained your ground heroically amid the deadly storm of grape, canister, shell, and musketry.
With you there was now no unsteadiness, no lagging behind, but "toward, still onward," you pressed towards the enemy with a spirit of valor which it did my very heart good to witness, and the full events it's efforts me much pleasure thus politely accord you. The troops of his have won Laurie
's for her upon every field, wherever they have been engaged, and your gallant on Saturday can but add new leisure to her name.
I love Mississippi
as I do my own native State.
There resides my only brother, and beneath its hallowed soil repose the last remains of a beloved mother.
Mississippians from the bottom of my heart, I thank you.