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fty-seventh, Capt. John Beard; all of General Lewis' brigade; the Eleventh, Col. W. J. Martin; the Twenty-sixth, Lieut.-Col. J. T. Adams; the Forty-fourth, Maj. C. M. Stedman; the Forty-seventh; the Fifty-second, Lieut.-Col. Eric Erson, of Gen. William MacRae's brigade; the Fifteenth, Col. W. H. Yarborough; the Twenty-seventh, Lieut.-Col. J. C. Webb; the Forty-sixth, Col. W. L. Saunders; the Forty-eighth, Col. S. H. Walkup; the Fifty-fifth, Capt. W. A. Whitted; all of Gen. J. R. Cooke's brigade and Hill's corps to meet it. The Federal corps, on establishing line, promptly intrenched. That afternoon Pegram led an attack on the new line and broke General Warren's front. That was afterward restored, and the success, in which Cooke's and MacRae's brigades shared, was without fruit, and resulted in Pegram's death. In the brilliant attack on Fort Stedman, Grimes' divi-sion and other North Carolina troops bore their full share of deadly battle. At Rives' salient, on the day of evacuati
ns suffered heavily in a hasty attack upon largely superior forces of the enemy, and he fell severely wounded. His gallantry was commended in the reports of Heth and Hill. But he was incapacitated from further active duty for nearly a year, General MacRae taking his place until August, 1864, when he was assigned to the command of the North Carolina brigade of Hoke's division, formerly commanded by General Martin. He served with Longstreet north of the James river, before Richmond, participatithe war has been one of activity and honor. He has served as State engineer thirteen years, and at present is chief engineer of the Albany & Raleigh railroad, with his residence at Goldsboro. Brigadier-General William MacRAEae Brigadier-General William MacRae was born at Wilmington, N. C., September 9, 1834, the son of Gen. Alexander MacRae, whose wife was the daughter of Zilpah McClammy. His family was descended from the clan MacRae, of Rosshire, Scotland, whose valor is recorded in the
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 25. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), chapter 1.39 (search)
e regiment fell under the observation of Colonel Wm. MacRae, of the 15th North Carolina Regiment, anStoney Creek, and whilst on the march, Colonel William MacRae, of the 15th North Carolina regiment, nt at Ream's station, consisted of Cooke's and MacRae's brigades of Heth's divisions, Lane's, Scaleshe Confederate artillery, under cover of which MacRae's men advanced to the assault. James Forresnd of August, 1864, the regiment returned with MacRae's Brigade to its position on the line of entrergess' Mill, on the 27th of October, 1864, General MacRae was ordered to attack, with the understand assailed. The Federal commander, seeing that MacRae was not supported, closed in upon his flanks athe prize of victory already within his grasp, MacRae formed a portion of his command obliquely to hhich he failed to reinforce as instructed, General MacRae, causing a heavy loss to his brigade. Fgiment, had on several occasions attracted General MacRae's favorable attention and, at his request,[1 more...]
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