The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union And Confederate Armies. Series 1, Volume 22, In Two Parts. Part 1, Reports. Page: 418
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away, in front of the rifle-pits, and then crossed to the north side of
the ridge, and moved up to a position that I thought near enough to
make a charge; but between my position and the work that was to be
carried there was a deep ravine just in front of the fort. As soon as the
command was massed in pos_ ion, a general rush was made into the fort
and the works were carried. This assault was made from the north.
The enemy ,wvere driven from the works and pursued into the verge of
the town. About this time General Parsons' brigade entered into the
fort, he having charged about the same time as my brigade, thus ren-
dering the capture of the position certain, for, had our assault failed, he
would have been so close that we could not have failed.
Here I would state that, while moving along the north side of Grave-
yard Hill, my command was exposed not only to the fire of the fort and
rifle-pits in front, but also to the fort north of Graveyard Hill, which
fort was not attacked, and to whose fire my command wasI'xposed.
While moving along, I discovered a battery of field pieces was being
moved to the rear, so as to completely enfilade my command, and being
in point-blank range for canister. Before marching I had armed Cap-
tain [John G.] Marshall's company of artillery with muskets and moved
it along in rear of my column, so that in the event we captured the fort
I would be prepared to work the guns. I now was compelled to use this
company as sharpshooters, and deployed them, ordering them to approach
as close as possible to the battery and prevent it getting into position,
which they accomplished in a very gallant manner.
As soon as the works were carried, I at once returned to where I had
deployed Marshall's company, and ordered Captain Marshall to call in
his men and take charge of the guns and work them.
While giving these orders, Lieutenant-General Holmes rode up and
ordered me at once to the assistance of General Fagan, who was attack-
ing the fort upon the south of Graveyard Hill. I at once went to the
fort and ordered my officers to assemble their men; but before they
were able to do so, General Holmes again, in a peremptory manner, or-
dered me to the assistance of General Fagan. I had not more than 200
men with me. With them I charged down the hill, aiming to assault
the north front of the fort; but when I arrived at the foot of the hill
the fire of the enemy was so withering that with the force I had it
was madness to attempt to scale the hill, the hollow being raked by
artillery situated opposite its mouth, and completely enfiladed with rifle-
pits in point-blank range. I therefore deployed my men and commenced
firing upon the rifle-pits and works, which were being attacked by Gen
eral Fagan, aiming to make as great a diversion as possible.
I remained here until I was informed that the enemy had retaken
the works on Graveyard Hill, when I sent Captain [P. M.] Cobbs, of Hart'e
regiment, with his company, to General Fagan, and to inform him thai
I was unable to attack the works in front, being now exposed to fire it:
rear as well as flank. I crossed over the narrow ridge in front of the
fort attacked by General Fagan, and the fire was so great and severe that
the men were compelled to cross this ridge singly. When I reached the
crest of the hill, [ discovered General Fagan's men in a rifle-pit in front ol
the main works, and they seemed too few, even re-enforced with what, menl
I had, to accomplish anything, and within a short time I saw then
rush out of the rifle-pits into a deep gorge immediately in their rear
Discovering the enemy moving around the crest of the hill, and fearing
that I would be surrounded, I retreated into the ravine between the two
forts attacked, and reorganized what command I had with me, and thee,
moved to the rear,, forcing every straggler that I found to fall into tht
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