The career of General Robert D. Johnston's Brigade, in the brilliant campaign with Early, is but a history of the 23d Regiment, which constantly shared its fortunes through it all—thence again to the lines at Petersburg, and down to the end.
The next fighting done by the brigade was as a part of Early's command in that truly great march on Washington city.
The brigade was in all the battles of that command, and made the flank movement with Gordon's Division at Bell Grove and Cedar Creek.
In this battle it had a hand-to-hand conflict with the 6th Army Corps.
It captured, with the aid of Battle's Brigade, of Alabama, six pieces of artillery, which were gallantly defended by the artillerymen, who died at their posts rather than surrender.
The brigade was ordered to take position in front of Middleburg, where it remained during the day, having skirmished with cavalry in front.
That evening General Sheridan, having taken command of the Federal troops, made his attack on t
accept a bomb—proof position, but rejoined his regiment in time to go with Early on his truly great march on Washington.
By the way, it is said that Melville Holman, of Colonel Blacknall's old company in the 23d, was killed at a point nearer to Washington than any other Confederate who fell in the war.
Now, some words as to the careers, respectively, of Christie and Blacknall, the latter having succeeded the former as colonel of the regiment.
Daniel Harvey Christie was born in Frederick county, Va., March 28, 1833.
In early life he displayed a fondness for military studies, and was educated at a military school.
He became a citizen of Henderson, Granville county, N. C., some time in 1857, taking charge of both the male and female schools of the town.
Of the former he established the Henderson Military Institute.
The breaking out of the war found him in this position.
He was quick to bound into the ring of military life, upon which he was destined to reflect so much honor