nd deadly fire on the enemy that stood in overwhelming numbers but a few yards from their front.
Those brave North Carolinians had thus, in one of the hottest conflicts of the day, succeeded in driving the enemy from the works that had been occupied during the previous night by a brigade which, until the 12th of May, had never yet yielded to a foe—the Stonewall.
In an address before the Army of Northern Virginia, Colonel Venable, of Lee's staff, says; The restoration of the battle on the 12th, thus rendering utterly futile the success achieved by Hancock's Corps at daybreak, was a wonderful feat of arms, in which all the troops engaged deserve the greatest credit for endurance, constancy and unflinching courage.
But without unjust discrimination, we may say that Gordon, Rodes and Ramseur were the heroes of this bloody day. * * * * Rodes and Ramseur were destined, alas!
in a few short months, to lay down their noble lives in the Valley of Virginia.
There was no victor's chaplet