Loss of Richmond Soldiers.
--The following is a list of the killed and wounded in company A, 15th Virginia.
This company was formed on Union Hill
Killed: Privates Geo. W. Brooke
, Charles Kepler
Wounded: 1st Serg't C. C. Cherry
, Privates Geo. W. Otey
, Wm. D. Brown
, James Fox
, R. A. Day
, W. R. Atkinson
, J. B. Garthright
, P. H. Hall
, J. W. Herbert
, T. B. Jackson
, C. T. Lockett
, Wm. H. Manning
, J. T. Schwalmeyer
, R. R. Smith
, and T. P. Gill
None of the field officers were present at the engagement and the command devolved on the senior Captain
, who led the men gallantly, but was soon killed.
The next ranking Captain
being also absent, Rev. E. J. Willis
, formerly pastor of the Leigh Street
Baptist Church, and Captain
of company A, took command as next in rank.
He encouraged the men by every possible means, and exerted himself to the utmost to make the victory sure for us. At one time, seeing that the flag-bearer had been shot down, he seized the colors himself.
Waving them, he was in the advance when the staff was cut in two by a bullet.--Captain Willis
was complimented on the field for his conspicuous bravery.
Eleven bullets passed through various portions of his clothing--one through his cap, and one carried off a portion of the scabbard of his sword.