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The Daily Dispatch: December 24, 1863., [Electronic resource], The assault on Knoxville--a Confederate account. (search)
hundred yards, all brush and rubbish were removed, in order that their grape and canister might have a clear sweep at any attacking column. This fort, Kryan's, Humphrey's, and a part of Wofford's brigades were ordered to assault at daylight on the morning of the 29th of November. Through this rugged field of obstacles, befylight. Each man pressed his cap more firmly down upon his blow, and with lips compressed and steadfast eye, waited for the word to move, whilst Gens. Bryan and Humphrey glided noiselessly through their commands, carefully examining the ground before them. All was quiet as the grave; suddenly the stillness was broken by the d the field with their hearts' blood, whilst not a Yankee, that I could see, was stain! Oh! It was a sad sight to see those two old warriors--Generals Bryan and Humphrey--who essayed to speak to each other after the fight, but could not. They turned their heads and wept — yes, wept bitter tears to the memory of their gallant dead