gallantly drove in the skirmishers of the enemy, besides, at this particular point, holding the threatening masses in check in front of our batteries, giving us time to throw shot and shell at them.
stood by his colors with steadiness, contesting every inch of the strange ground upon which chance had opportunely placed him. The Washington artillery, Fifth company, rendered distinguished service during the two days. As early as December 29th, two rifled guns were in position near the river, under the command of Lieut. J. A. Chalaron
, who occupied that dangerous point during Tuesday and Wednesday, exposed to a heavy fire from the enemy's batteries and frequent assaults of his infantry.
On the 31st, Vaught
, with his remaining guns, supported Adams
, continuing an effective fire on the enemy during the day. Then returning to the east side of the river, they followed Breckinridge
in the charge on the 2d, and galloping up a hill, were in action till ammunition failed.
ing for a new supply, the enemy swarmed about them, pouring in volley after volley at fifty yards. Then, after the last regiment and last battery were from the field, the Fifth company grimly retired in perfect line.
The loss of the artillery was 5 killed and wounded. Lieutenant Chalaron
, for distinguished gallantry, was appointed on the field as ‘temporary chief of artillery.’
, Corporals Smith
, and Privates Johnson
, were commended for gallantry.
In these fights, Randall Lee Gibson
gave proofs of that signal ability which was to mark him progressively during the war. Gibson
was always the student among our brigadiers, but this is far from meaning that he was a dreamer in action.
He was a student only in the scholarship which he had borne away from ambitious competitors in the prizes of peace at Yale.
His classics in nothing detracted from his dash upon the field, however much Plutarch may have offered him models for imitation.
For six months the army of the Cumberland, in and