The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 34, July 1930 - April, 1931 Page: 333
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ours," he cried; "Victory has once more perched upon the stand-
ard of the South."
I have since wondered why that officer said those words; were
they spoken in irony; or did he believe them to be true ? After
all he may have been fully posted as to the condition of things,
and merely desired to offer our "forlorn hope" some little encour-
agement. At any rate, the fellow was game; for a little later
on, he rode in our front as we advanced and remained with us
through the horrible butchery of Monday morning.
The enemy's skirmishers had now vanished into the dense un-
dergrowth that skirted the field on its further side, and no visible
,evidence of the foe remained.
With us the formality of a skirmish line was waived, and at
the command "forward," our brigade moved out, its length of
line extending only about two-thirds across the field, and with
neither of our flanks protected. As yet, however, we were too
little versed in warfare, to realize our isolated condition, and
went blithely on; for Sunday's victory had given us unbounded
-confidence in ourselves. The silence was oppressive; I do not
remember that on our way across the open space, a command was
given or a word spoken. "Where is the enemy ?" I kept asking
myself, and suppose that every man in ranks was revolving the
same question in his mind.
We were within a rod of the field's eastern boundary, when the
fence before us became transformed into a wall of flame, and un-
der that fiery simoon our line seemed actually to wilter and curl
up; while in front of us and on both our flanks, the very earth
swarmed with Federals. So nearly had we approached the enemy,
that the ornaments on their caps were readily distinguished, and
I remember noting even in that terrible moment, that our im-
mediate adversaries were the 3rd Iowa Infantry.
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