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150 Reminiscences of the Boys in Gray, 1861-1865.
he could leave the line in a depression in the rear. He arrived safely at
Gen. Ewell's headquarters on the field and informed him of the situation.
He told Gen. Ewell how to get the ammunition to us, through the depression,
and soon passing down the line, from man to man, came a stream of
cartridges tied up in pieces of tent cloth. Thus we kept supplied during
the remainder of the engegement, which continued nearly all night.
Gen. Harris, with all our regimental and company officers, acted with
conspicuous bravery in this terrible battle, and the private soldiers obeyed
their commands and followed their example.
About daylight we withdrew from our position, the enemy also having
retired from our front. With blackened faces and crisped hands, from
being in the water so long; our clothing stained with red mud and blood,
we marched out of this place where more than one-third of our men lay
dead to sleep forever. We stopped in a grove of trees where Gen. Harris
told us to build fires and dry our clothes. Our men stood around in groups,
inquiring of each other about their missing comrades-some men in tears
at the loss of a brother or near relative.
Our Colonel and Lieutenant Colonel both being killed, Major Council
became Colonel of the Sixteenth Mississippi, and S. McNeil Bain, Captain
of our Company E, became our Lieutenant Colonel, and John Holmes succeeded
him as Captain, and Van Coney became our First Lieutenant.
The loss in our command had exceeded that of any previous battle.
Some of the companies in the Sixteenth Missisippi had as many as ten
men killed with only about thirty men on the roll. Our regiments were
so reduced that soon after this battle the Twelfth and Sixteenth were consolidated
into one command, and the Nineteenth and Forty-Fifth into another.
J. G. CONN, Madisonville, Texas-Born April 25, 1843, at Jasper, Texas.
Enlisted in the Confederate Army March 18, 1863, at Sabine Pass, as
private in K. D. Keith's Artillery, Gen. Speight's Battalion, Trans-Mississippi
Department; K. D. Keith first Captain, and Speight, first Major. Was
never changed, wounded, captured nor promoted. Was in the battle of
Calcusieu and Sabine Pass.
T. G. CONNALLY, McGregor, Texas-Born April 10, 1841, near Spring
Place, Ga. Enlisted in the Confederate Army June 1, 1861, as private in
"Springplace Volunteers," Thirty-Seventh Georgia Regiment, Gen. Raines'
Brigade, Gen. Loring's Division, Gen. Hardee's Corps, Army of Tennessee.
My first Captain was R. E. Wilson, and first Colonel, Stovall. Was wounded
at Murfreesboro Dec. 31, 1862. I carried the minie ball in my arm for
twenty-seven years, then I had it removed. Was in the battles of Murfreesboro,
Missionary Ridge and Atlanta, Ga., and with Hood to Nashville and
then to North Carolina where we were surrendered.
JOHN S. CONWAY, Gonzales, Texas-Born Sept. 5, 1841, in Edinboro,
Scotland. Enlisted in the Confederate Army Sept. 1, 1861, at Victoria,
Texas, as private in Company C. Sixth Texas Infantry, Gen. Granbury's
Brigade, Gen. Cleburne's Division, Gen. Hardee's Corps, Army of Tennessee.
My first Captain was A. T. Bass, and first Colonel, R. R. Garland.
Was captured at Arkansas Post Jan. 11, 1863, and sent to Camp Butler,
Ill., and exchanged April 21, 1863. Was again captured at Franklin, Tenn.,
Nov. 30, 1864, and sent to Camp Douglas, Ill., and released June 15, 1865.
After serving as First Sergeant for some time, was elected Orderly
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