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charged just at that time, defeat for us would have been inevitable. Just at this moment, I noticed a man in Company K whose brother had fallen -- I cannot describe his appearance, he seemed perfectly desperate, yet looked as though he could not leave his brother, but he at last, tore loose, and fought like a mad man. We pressed them out of their advantageous position, and pursued them a distance of two miles, when we had to abandon the pursuit on account of reinforcements received by the enemy. We fell back near our starting point, and just at this point, three Cavalry of the enemy mistook us for their men, I suppose, and came within fifty paces, when they discovered their mistake; two of them faced right about and fled, the third one undertook to pass the end of our line, which was a right angle to his route, when fifty perhaps of our men, ran out of the line and fired on him -- his horse turned a complete summersault, after which, I don't think either ever moved. Here also Gen. Green reprimanded and abused Lieut. Col. Jones of the 11th Reg't.

From here we marched a few hundred yards, at right angles to our other line, on the way John Freeman, of our Company, picked up two U.S. Blankets, and gave one to me, which I very much appreciated. We took cover under some timber, to protect us from the enemy's shells, which were still flying thick and fast.

Here, Col. Harrison of the 15th Reg't informed Gen. Green that the ammunition was exhausted. He ordered him to send some men back to the Federal camp (which they had deserted on our approach), and bring a supply -- he, Col. Harrison, replied that his men were so exhausted, that none of them could carry a box of ammunition, but said he, "I could go, if you would order me". Whereupon, Gen. Green said, "Go". He was gone for a few minutes and returned, with two, one hundred pound boxes up before him. The boys immediately took them and slammed them against trees in order to open them. Those who had Enfield rifles, now had plenty of powder and balls.

It was soon ascertained, however, that the enemy's reinforcements were close at hand, and we began the retreat, crossing the main battle ground. On the way, there was a dead Federal soldier right on our track, and from the position in which he was lying, it was perceivable that something was in his pocket. John Freeman (who was marching by me) caught him, pulled him over, raffled his pocket, which proved to be a large wooden pipe which he kept and smoked as long as I knew him. As it was a sight I took no pleasure in, I walked on, and left him alone to rob the other pocket of the dead. I afterward heard that he got a considerable amount of money and valuables.

Soon after this, we passed Cavalry of Gen. [James Patrick] Majors, formed to cover our retreat. We were marching very rapidly, as the enemy was pressing us in superior numbers. We had perhaps marched two hundred yards, when they came in collision with the Cavalry. We quickened our pace, as our Reg't. ammunition was exhausted, and the troops almost worn out, and in no condition to renew the engagement; the Cavalry however, had a heavy engagement.

We went into the fight that day, with twenty-seven men in the Company; we had six wounded, to wit: A. Johnson, mortally, T. P. Ails [Aills], W. L. Montgomery, T. S. McCurdy, W. Lilly and Jesse Steelman, all slightly. We came out with only seven besides the officers, whose names, I think, should be

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Life of John C. Porter and Sketch of His Experiences in the Civil War

John C. Porter 1874