The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 67, July 1963 - April, 1964 Page: 238
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forward through the cane and music of flying bullets to another
ditch, and continuing forward about ioo yards further emerged
into an open potato patch, saw Bob,79 Dal [Charles D. Dodd] and
others of the company with me and darted on, making for the
sugar house. Saw several men fall in the potato patch while crossing
it, but had only one thought which was to arrive with those who
were going in that direction, at the sugar house and dislodge the
enemy there, and then do whatever next presented itself, being en-
tirely ignorant of the enemy's position. Arrived at the sugar house,
I with about 15 others got behind a wall (I think) attached some
way to the furnace and ran to the other end to an opening on the
side next to the enemy. Saw a Yank making from the cabin near
there toward the breastwork, levelled my pistol at him, took good
aim and fired simultaneously with others. The smoke obscured my
sight of him and did not know whether he was hurt or not. Got a
cap fast in the cylinder of my revolver and could not get it out
for sometime, after shooting again and snapping all the other caps
got another cap fast and could fire no more during the battle. Be-
fore leaving the sugar house heard someone say "They are in the
cabins," and heard Col. Spaight call for the Batn. I called for Co.
E, returned my pistol, drew my sword, and still calling for Co. E,
in a storm of bullets, I went with Col. Spaight to the corner of the
fence surrounding the negro cabins, saw him and others tear down the
fence and perhaps assisted, went on followed by Sam McKee, Harry
Potter, Bob O'Bryan, Dal, [John K.] Bryan, Elair Andrus, Benton
Spell and others of the Company, to a brick building within 50
yards of the enemy's breastworks, which I just now discovered they
had. Sam McKee was killed behind this house, I saw him die.
I remained there sometime in company with Maj. Irvine and at
times with Lt. [John B.] Jones, A. A. A. Genl.80 and others. The
brick building was about 40 yards from the enemy's breastworks.
Finally after nearly all of the men had retired from the brick build-
ing (there having been about 50 there), Lt. Jones came by me and
remarked that it was perfectly useless to try to dislodge them by a
79Robert P. O'Bryan, probably a nephew of Captain O'Brien, had enlisted in
Company E at Brashear City in July, 1863.
soLieutenant John B. Jones was assistant adjutant general of Speight's brigade.
"The heavy loss sustained by Speight's brigade shows the desperate nature of the
conflict, and it is not out of place to mention here, even where all distinguished
themselves, the gallant bearing and activity of Lieutenant John B. Jones." Report
of General Thomas Green, October 2, 1863, Official Records, Series I, Vol. XXVI,
Pt. 1, 329, 331. Jones had a colorful career after the war. He was appointed major
of the Frontier Battalion of the Texas Rangers by Governor Richard Coke in 1874,
serving until 1879 when he was named adjutant general of Texas. The eminent
historian of the Texas Rangers says that "Jones brought the Texas Rangers to the
pinnacle of its fame and service." Walter Prescott Webb, The Texas Rangers
(Boston, 1935), 309-311.
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