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The Daily Dispatch: May 13, 1864., [Electronic resource], The movements on Richmond — the fighting around Richmond. (search)
nge of the enemy, and here a spirited firing was kept up until 12 o'clock, when the 19th Virginia, Col. Gant, was sent up to relieve the battalion companies. They, however, declined being relieved, and remained until their ammunition was exhausted. At 4 o'clock the whole force was ordered back, and the firing ceased. The following is a list of the killed and wounded in the battalion companies: Company B.--Killed: J S Layne. Wounded Jas Ashford, (in hands of the enemy;) Corp'l John Taylor, side; privates Geo W Mayo, thigh and shoulder; D W McCraw, thigh; C W Norris, breast; W R Patterson, knee; Jas Tilman, neck; David Thomas, knee; R L Wilkinson, hand. Co. C.--Killed: Serg't J H Thackston, private B C Morris. Wounded: Lieut Jno Randolph, thigh and hand; Sergt's Lewis S Ayres, breast, (in hands of the enemy;) R H Spencer, leg and hand; privates E F Coleman, wrist; T B Harris, breast; Wm Henshall, head; Robert Alice, shoulder and neck; R C Richardson, leg; W M McParr,
eir youth, and placed them at the head of our armies. The consequence was a steady series of disasters and defeats not retrieved till we supplied the places of the octogenarians by the younger men — the Jacksons, Scotts, Ripleys, and others — who soon turned the tide of battle. Our wonderful naval victories were won mostly by young men. There are not wanting in ancient or modern history many examples of aged Generals who have achieved remarkable military successes. In our own country Taylor and Scott, in the Mexican war, surpassed all others in energy and generalship. No youth of twenty-one ever fought with more vim than Rough and Ready, and Scott's achievements in Mexico, seconded by the remarkable soldier now at the head of the Army of Northern Virginia, completely threw into the shade the military reputation which he had achieved in his youth. But it is clear, from the history of the past, that promotion to high military rank should not be based on the system of exclusive