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Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 11. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), Death of General A. P. Hill. (search)
go up this side of the branch to the woods, which will cover us until reaching the field in rear of General Heth's quarters, I hope to find the road clear at General Heth's. From that time on I kept slightly ahead of the General. I had kept a Colt's army pistol drawn since the affair of the Federal stragglers. We then made the branch, becoming obscured from the enemy, and crossing the Bowdtoin (not Boydtown, as some writers have called it) plank road, soon made the woods, which were kept f ran quickly forward to the cover of one of the large trees, and, one above the other on the same side, leveled their guns. I looked around to General Hill. He said: We must take them, at the same time drawing, for the first time that day, his Colt's navy pistol. I said: Stay there, I'll take them. By this time we were within twenty yards of the two behind the tree and getting closer every moment. I shouted: If you fire, you'll be swept to hell! Our men are here — surrender! When Genera