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Raise the shaft, 'tis for our n
Set its base with colors fair
Furl the faded, starry banne?
Round its staff, and leave ii
Lift it where the earliest sun'
Drives the morning's mist (
Leave it where the fading tw,
Lingers longest with the da
Twine the myrijewith the ivy
And the fragrant scented z
Bring the white magnolia blos
And the crimson colum&ine
North and east and south and
Front its columns pure and
Write %pon the peerless Tarb
on its polish tablets, write
How they toiled and prayed c
Through the long and bitter
Kept the altar fires burning,
With. the incense of their te
How their love, in streams of
Wore its- channels deep and
Bore the fortunes of the battle
n its broad and surgtng t?
THE 7th S. C.
At The Battle of Drury's BI
of Sergeant Phillip% a
(The News and Heral
Mr. Editor: As I have been prevaii- t]
e upon by many old veterans and r
young men also to write another war:
story to your admirable paper, I have
reluctantly consented to yield to their! s
request and try and do the best I can t
at this late day. I- realize LI-at now is
the time to write these before years r
shall cause the usual cave-in of C
memory and bury them forever. So
allow me to. ask your indulnt
while I describe to the best of my
feeble memory, and by the aid of a
few ~records I ha.ve on my files, of the
part played, by the 7th s. C. battaliont
in the bloody battle of Drury's Bluff.
fought on the 16th of May, 1S64- b
Forty years ago today this bloody but
vict:orious battle was fought. Your d
scribe on that fatal day- was but quite .
On the 6th 1of May 'Hagood's bri-t
gade, of which the 7th Batallion was
a part, arrived in the city cf Peters-p
burg from the coast of Sauth Caro- tl
lina.' General Butler,-of- the Federal
army, landed a force of about 50,0N i,
of-all arms at Drurf's Bluff on about r,
the 5th of May. He pushed his forces fa
out to, and cut the-Richmond and Pet- ti
ersburg road at Port W,althall 'on the o
morning- of the 6:b. Hiagood s bril- t<
gade arrived in the city about mid- t
day of the 6th. We were hurriedly n
Ipushed out to- the fipld, whe--e tere ti
had been heavy fighting all the morn
We arrived just in time to join in e
the shouts of victory and see the ene
my disappearing through the woods. e
They rallied, however, and in a few y
days advanced on and attacked our t
lines on the banks of Swift Creek on i
the 9th, when they were again -repuls- b
ed with heavy losses. After this fight,
the enemy fell back to and occupied b
their works near Drury's'Bluff. We ri
*followed them up and entrenched our a
brigade just in their front. There we u
had heavy skirmishin.g day and night t
till the final blow came on the morn- 1
ing of the 16th. Hagood's brigade oc
cupied the line o~f breast-works to' the o
left of the turnpike. The enemy was b
on this side of the river. The breast- a
works were the defence of the flank n
of Drury's Bluff and .consisted of, s
three lines, semi-circula.r in shape. t:
Opposite the crossing of the tu-rnpike fi
by the 'first line and across the open d
Ifield was Fort Stevens. To the right o
of the turnpike were some houses an.d i
an. apple orchard. For several days ti
before the battle of the 16th Hagood d
*occupied the post of honor, support- p
ig Fort Stevens on the second line of t
entrenchments. Here they endured the g
enemy's shaTpshooters and a battery p
of several guns placed near the h
houses, where shell and grape and
canister were poured into our ranks. h
At -5 o'clock on the oxrning of the tU
16th, through a heavy fog, the whole 1
was advanced. Gen. Ransom. on Gen. h;
Nagood's left, had no first line of en- ti
trenchment to charge. They swept on 'o:
driving the enemy before us. Ha- 11
good's brigade mounted the ramparts tI
of the second line to charge the one- o3
my behind the line, which they had ti
romen of the Con
Ite P. Flenniken, of Winnsboro.)
thers, How their fait}
Rested on th6
there. And upon th
eam Home the summe
way, Yet did Love
light But their hopes
With the aut
Then from out
ne; Love and hoj
soms Soared above t
Shook their I
westward, Returning, broi
white, Saw the bow
fe, And the dawn
O'er a broad
nd suffered But the heart k
years, And within )
Where the frag
ars; And the inne
5essing, Hang the sworc
wide, With the coa
All the flags
eside the faded banners,
d the urns of storied dust,
Yry stands within the portals,
,ping watch above her trust.
uff. The Gallant Deeds
Ad Private Poteet.
d, May 2.5, 1904.)
ey swept, the right of the brigade
esting on the turnpike. marching i
.o line to line. Gallantly did they
arry themselves across the open
page under the fire of the enemy un
1 they became masters of the 're
pective positions assigned, to each
agiment. The right of. the 25th S.
. V., the gallant Col. Simontons. oc
Lipied the turnpike, a point at which!
ie enemy's cannon thundered with!C
arful havoc upon, their ranks, caus
g heavy losses. They gained the
st line of entrenchments, driving1
2e enemy -in the woods- beyond.
These must be *teared!" shouted the
raye .Col. Nelson, as the battalion
ounted the parapets. "Fix bayonets,
ouble quick. charge," is the corn
and given by the gallant. sweet Col.
elson. Amid the shower of balls.
le word of evacuation -comes, :
march." No one ever saw a more'
erfect line formed 'on dress parade
ian this. in the very shadow of death.
As the left of the battaliop came
ito line, they came in contact with
ires which the enemy had stretched
'o stump to stump, concealed in
ie brush in front of their second line
Swork.s. which .threw them in a mass
>the ground. Amid converging fire
e line was quickly refoa med. About
Riy brave soldiers fell dead before
ie blast and niearly one hundred
ere wounded. Our gallant color-1
~aarers, Sergts. Outz and Barnes Rob:
rtson, were killed.- while. gallantly.
ating the colors in the face :,f the
aemy. As the noble Robertson, a
auth of just 19 years, went down,.
ie gallant Preston Cooper grabbed'
ie colors and kept them flying to the.'
reeze. Yet for twenty. minutes Col.
elson and .Major Rion held these
rave men to their line under a ter
ble fire of ball and canister. looking
rxiously for their support to come
p. They came not. they had retired
the line inside of our first works.
ad they ecme on as exf'ected, they
ould have enfiladed the second line.
ehe enemy's works and saved the
ittalion to some extent from the dis-.
ster to which it was subjected. To
arch forward or remain without this
pport was ruinous, and therefore
ie order was given to retire to the
rst line of entrenchment. which or
ewas executed calmly and in good
rder. The left company 'of the bat-I
tlionl under Capt. Clybarn lost two
iirds of its men. *Company H, 'in-.
r Capt. Brooks. was cut all 1to
[eces, every offcer wounded and six- .
--seven fell dead or wounded. The
llant captain was wounded in three
aces, yet he continued to care for
is men and to give orders for their
elfare. Declining to use the litter.
a walked off the field and referred
e litter to privates worse wounded
ian he. No more determined stand
is ever been takeni by any command
ian that made by the 7th Battalion
1 the morning of the 16th 'of May.
164. Its loss was probably more
in any regiment sustained in any
le battle. Retired to the trenches,
te brigade soon succeeded in drivir.g .
F,, that trusted ever,
the bloody carnage,
r bloomed and faded,
and Trust abide,
,like shattered roses,
zmn glory died.
Phe burning embers,
e and faith and trust
lumage of its dust;
cght the sprig of olive,
Df promise spanned,
)f peace and plenty
and smiling land.
nows no forgetting,
er silent halls,
rant incense rises
r sunlight falls,
s and rusty scabbards,
s of faded Gray,
with myrrh and aloes,
xre laid away.
vorks andi the field ws.s won. They.
eft their artillery and the field cov
!red with their dead and wounded.
Ve pressed them to the river and in
few days they crossed the James
nd joined Grant near Richmond.
Now, Mr. Editor, in conclusion,
hough I dislike to indulge in person
lities, I wish to tell of a few brave
eeds committed by brave men while
Agaged in this bloody struggl:.
ust before the battalion reached the
rst lines of the enemy's works, Sergt.
t. W. Phillips. of Company B, receiv
d a ball in his shoulder that whir'ed
dim around like a top. As he s,ank
D the ground, he said, "I am ruined,
;ive it to them, boys." As our line
ame in contact with the wires men
ioned above and the men were
hrown to the ground, the brave and
aliant Lieut. Wi. A. Harvey, seeing
he situation, sprang- to his feet, wav
rig his sword and yelling, "Forward,
oys, we will take that battery or
.ie." Poor fellow! Just ene month
ater, while .leading a skirfnish lne
.gainst a battle line of Federals on
)'Hares Hill: he fell to rise no mor-e.
On reaching and occupying the 'en
my's outer line of works, Col. Nel
on, while rapidly passing along the
ines. cried oat: "Major Rion, hold
hese works at all hazards." The gal
ant major replied. "I will do it, sir."
ts the firing again began, Major Rion
nounted the parapet, which exposed
uim from the belt up. He ordered
>rivate MlcDowell and Scott to load!
heir guns for him and he fired them
.s fast as they could. They loaded
nid handed them up to him for twen
y minutes. He was ordered down by
'ol. Nelson. "I made it hot for their.
runners. Colonel," was his reply.
.Just as the Federal lines were giv
ng way and their men fleeing to the
roods, and our firing ceased, Private
acob Poteet, of Company B, leaped
tpon the cap)tured works, saying:
They are flying, boys. Let us cap
ure them or drive them to h--.'
ust as these words- passed his lips,
ball pierced through his brain ond
e fell dead at his captain's feet.
When Capt. Brooks. of Company H,
ad realized that his company had all
een killed and wounded, he ordered.
hat all his dead men, nineteen in
umber, be brought to him, while he
et. lay on the dusty and bloody
round, suffering and bleeding from
is own wounds. He had them all
uried in one grave. When the last
ad duty was performed, he arcse
r'om the ground, wiped the -trick-ling
ears from his powder-blackened and
lood-stained cheeks, and exclaimeLd:
3My brave heroes,; they .died for thei
ountry." and he left the field.
I do trust the' memory of the gal
nt and noble deeds of the Confed
rate soldiers may live and sparkle in
he breast of generations to come.- for
a a very few years there will not ~oe
ne of us to tell the tale.
J. H. NEIL,
'onmpany B. 7th Battalion, Hagood's
White Cak, S. C., May 16, 1904.
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