drove them back.
A third time, reinforced, the Federals
advanced and were repulsed, and the fourth charge only resulted in heavier loss, for they came within range of Squires
, wounded, and Galbraith
were worthy leaders of brave men in this defense of the Confederate
, with his four Napoleons, ordered to the left, was assigned to position by General Longstreet
It was a post of honor and danger, and soon, Lieutenant Hero
having been wounded and Lieutenant McElroy
having been detached to the right, Miller
found himself the only officer with his company and barely enough men left to work a section.
Two determined assaults by the enemy met with bloody repulse, and the third, thanks to the able assistance of Sergeant Ellis
, in command of a section, suffered the same fate.
‘Too much praise,’ Walton
reported, ‘cannot be bestowed on Captain Miller
for his stubborn defense of the center for several hours; to Lieutenants Hero
, Sergeant Ellis
and Artificers Bier and Dempsey
This part of the action was under the immediate eye of General Longstreet
and his staff, who, when Captain Miller
's cannoneers were exhausted, dismounted and assisted the working of the guns.’
, played upon by three batteries, had one of his guns disabled and retired through the village, but soon righting himself went to the assistance of Toombs
at the lower bridge.
Later, he and Lieutenant Galbraith
were engaged near Miller
to nightfall, while Lieutenants Hawes
and De Russy
fought with Toombs
Lieut. J. D. Britton
was wounded late in the evening.
's bridge was a favorite field of activity with the Louisiana
gunners that day.
About noon on the 17th Eshleman
was sent to guard the ford below Burnside
's bridge, and he made a gallant fight against great odds, with orders to hold the enemy in check until A. P. Hill
came up. When a heavy column