Nesbitt Memorial Library Journal, Volume 9, Number 2, May, 1999 Page: 75
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Reminiscences of the Old Brigade
struggle. Lang and his men rode through and
over them, wheeled and rode through them
again, all the while emptying their pistols in
the enemies faces, and now Lang retires slowly
back to our lines. Lang and his 1st Lieutenant,
Bass, both being mortally wounded and half of
their company down, this charge of Lang's with
his company was one of the grandest and most
desperate charges in the annals of history, but
the 700 men that had crossed the river with
such confidence that they would crush us are
retiring back across the river, they had enough
of it, and yet they have only met one company,
as they seem bent on getting back our boys ac-
celerate their speed by sending a few bullets
among them, and here I sent my last bullet,
and my rifle was of no more use that day, so I
fell back on my shot-gun and laid in the ravine
with my company until the charge was ordered.
They've got back across the river, but they only
took half their number back, the other half are
"located" where they wrestled with the gallant
Lang, and are harmless.
(Davidson neglects to inform the reader that
Captain Lang's company had no guns, but were
armed with lances, and were called "Lanciers."
They also had six-shooters. Their lances were
made of wood and were about sixteen feet long,
with a steel spear on the end about ten inches
long. Each lance had a small Confederate flag
on it about 10x15 inches, and on drill or in a
charge, they looked truly grand and fearful.
After this charge, they threw away their lances
never attempting to use them any more. They
were beautiful to look at and were magnificent
weapons on drill, but were a failure when it
came to put the thing to the test, by charging
men armed with carbines and draggoons as the
Federal calvary were at Val Verde. If Captain
Lang's men had not had their six-shooters, and
had depended on their lances, they would all
have been killed instead of half. Whitley.)
And now the enemy opens with renewed
fury with their cannon and small arms, their
cannon throwing alternately grape, round shot
and shell, and during this heavy firing Maj.
Raguet of the 4th, who was walking down our
line, was struck by a peice of shell, he stag-
gered and would have fallen, but two or three
of us caught him, when he sat down and exam-
ined his wound he said he was not much hurt
and walk back up our line, this is the list time I
ever saw him alive, though he was not killed
for more than a month after this, but our or-
ders kept us apart.
The enemy finding that although they were
making a great deal more noise then we were,
although they were firing about six cannon shots
to our one, and although the rattle of their mus-
ketry was faster and more numerous than ours,
yet that we were doing the principal part of the
killing and wounding, so they determined to
put a stop to it.
They now sent one of their batteries down
the river, in rear of the "Mesa," crossed the
river and started on top of the "Mesa" for the
purpose of flanking us on the left and enfilad-
ing our line, as soon as this movement was seen
Lt-Col. McNeil with 300 men from the 4th,
5th and 7th regiments was detailed to drive them
back or capture the battery. The enemy then
crossed his entire force in the further end of
the bend and formed a new line of battle in our
front and along the ravine running across the
bend leaving three cannons and about one thou-
sand men on the other side of the river at the
upper end of the valley to play upon our right.
Putting McRae's battery of six pieces in their
front and centre. While they were making this
move, [text corrupted] Co. D of the 5th made a
[text corrupted] on them but was driven back
without much loss to either side. This turned
out best for us, for it served to give the enemy
over confidence, and caused them immediately
to commit their big blunder of the day. Seeing
our movement by McNeil against the "Mesa,"
they weakened their centre by sending Kit
Carson's regiment and a regiment of regulars
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