Nesbitt Memorial Library Journal, Volume 9, Number 2, May, 1999 Page: 78
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Nesbitt Memorial Library Journal
forces, and have nothing to do but to take pos-
session of our fort and army, but please don't
do it now but wait until we can re-organize our
demoralized army, obtain some re-enforcements
and put ourselves again on a war footing." This
is what it meant, but the truth is that white flag
was sent up to propose terms of surrender of
the fort and army, but when they found their
request for a truce so readily granted they did
not make their real purpose known.
After the battery was captured some of the
boys attempted to and did turn the cannons upon
the enemy. Lt-Col. McNeil came up to where
some of our company had one peice and showed
them how to fire it, from this time on every
fellow was seting pretty much on his own hook.
Wash Seymour and myself of our company
pursued on down the river, and were further
down the river than any other men and were
the first to meet the flag, as it came by us on
the opposite side of the river, I had just fired
my gun, and I told Wash that that was a trick
and to fire upon it when he said it was too far
for his gun, had we been one hundred yards
further back where the road ran to the bank of
the river, which point we had lately left, that
flag would have gone down and much suffer-
ing and many valuable lives would have been
saved to the South.
In making the charge, we had 600 yards to
make to get to the battery, which is a long run,
directly after we started, Lieut. Wright got his
scabbard tangled between his legs and fell down,
and I being right behind and looking at the bat-
tery, ran over him and fell down, too, my boot
heel coming down on the back of Wright's neck,
he got up on his knees and said "What in the
hell are you doing?" when I replied, "Follow-
ing my lieutenant, by George!" This threw us
behind the balance of our company and on a
line with the balance of the command. This com-
pany not having received the order to fall at the
flash of the enemy's guns were going straight
ahead all the time, hence struck the battery a
little in advance of the rest of our line. Going
up to the battery was simply a foot race as to
who should get there first as every man was
doing the best running he could. There was Dick
Ottweller, Jim Burk Mellenger, Tom Fields,
Al Fields, Whitley, Alf. Thurmond, Gotch
Hardeman, Shropshire all doing their best and
that fellow Slater has been among the foremost
all day long. Lt-Col. Sutton of the 7th fell in
front of the battery, and Maj. Lockridge fell at
one of the caisons. After we had taken the bat-
tery, and while we were pressing their infantry
to the river, their cavalry that had been firing
on our left during the charge, galloped along
our line, and but few of them would have es-
caped but the impression got among the boys,
and, in fact, I heard several of our officers tell
the men not to shoot as they were our men, I
fired myself and seeing the impression prevail-
ing that they were our men, I reported it to
Maj. Shropshire, when he ordered us to fire.
The last order that our brave and gallant lieu-
tenant, Dave Hubbard, ever gave was to fire
upon them as they were not our men, the next
moment a bullet struck him in the head, this
came from our right flank and near the "Mesa."
... Just below the lower cannons was a
matt of small trees and one very large tree,
here Shropshire, Lieutenants Wright, Hubbard
and Oaks of our company (our captains and
lieutenants), and Lieut. Sayers after the battery
was taken held a short consultation. I don't know
what it was about as just at that moment the
fleeing enemy turned down the river bank on
the other side of the river, and as one point
they had to pass was much closer to us than it
was to them, Wash Seymour and myself con-
cluded to cut them off and we put off for that
point and took a few shots at them as they
passed, and while we were at this point the sun
went down. After the enemy had all passed we
moved about a hundred yards further down the
river where we met the flag of truce.
The order to cease firing having been given,
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