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he enemy attacked now from the front and rear, and then of course my brave boys were obliged to fall back, the 54th New York and the right wing of the 153d Pennsylvania forcing their way back through the enemy's skirmishers in their rear. . . . Retreating I expected surely to rally my brigade behind our second line, formed by the Third Division, but I did not find the second line; it was abandoned before we reached it.
Von Gilsa's brigade lost 133 killed and wounded out of an effective of 1400 men.--editors. had to give way and be broken into fragments.
My own horse seemed to catch the fury; he sprang — he rose high on his hind legs and fell over, throwing me to the ground.
My aide-de-camp, Dessauer, was struck by a shot and killed, and for a few moments I was as helpless as any of the men who were speeding without arms to the rear.
But faithful orderlies helped me to remount.
Schurz was still doing all he could to face regiments about and send them to Devens's northern flank