on up the slope, over a stone wall where many prisoners were taken; over an abatis, and through a line of riflepits where more prisoners were taken.
The summit was gained, and with a rush along the whole line, Hays
' men captured several pieces of artillery, four stand of colors and still more prisoners.
Meanwhile, the North Carolinians, encountering stone wall after stone wall, had lost their commander, Colonel Avery
, and not more than 40 or 50 were together in the last charge.
, alone at the summit of Cemetery hill
in the face of Howard
's corps, at first encountered a strange silence.
But soon, through the dark, heavy masses of infantry were heard approaching.
Expecting support, Hays
for an instant thought they were the friends promised in the crisis.
But he soon perceived that the enemy was confronting him and surrounding him, and after a volley from his depleted ammunition he was forced to fall back in order to a stone wall at the foot of the ridge.
His loss was heavy—26 killed, 151 wounded, and 55 missing. Among the gallant dead were Col. T. D. Lewis
, Captains Victor St. Martin
and L. A. Cormier
, and Lieutenants W. P. Talbot
, A. Randolph
, R. T. Crawford
. Lieut.-Col. A. De Blanc
succeeded to the command of the Eighth.
Early next morning (3d) Williams
' men and their comrades, reinforced, renewed the assault, and the enemy in turn with a greatly strengthened line made a desperate effort to recapture their line of breastworks.
The fighting continued till noon without favorable result.
The loss of the brigade during the entire battle was 43 killed and 309 wounded. Lieutenant-Colonel Nolan
, one of the best and most gallant officers of the Louisiana
contingent, was killed in the charge across Rock creek
toward Culp's hill
, on the night of July 2d. Capt. Thomas Rice
, of the Montgomery Guards, First Louisiana, took command of the regiment after Colonel Nolan
's death, from July 2d to July 5th, when the army fell back into Virginia
About midnight following the 2d of July, the Washington