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S. M. Truitt, in
The company in which I served dur
ing the four years* war between the
North and the South was organized
and enlisted in Webster, Jackson
County, North Carolina, on the 13th
day of April, 1861, and practiced drill
ing from that day till the 27th day of
tho same month. Tho State of North ,
Carolina had not yet seceded, and in
the meantime President Lincoln had
called for 75,000 volunteers with which
it was said to put down the rebellion
in 30 days. North Carolina was ex
pected by Mr. Lincoln to furnish her
quota of the volunteers called for.
At that time tho excitement was very
great, and instead of enlisting to serve
in President Lincoln's cause tho young
men and a great many men who had
v, ives aud children to love and to care
for all over the State from the very
richest to the very poorest, abandoned
their planted crops or quit their places
of business and enlisted and organized
companies and bid adieu to their
fathers and mothers, and sisters aud
dear wives and children, aud hastened
to Kaleigh and organized into regi
ments for the Southern cause. From
Raleigh they hastened to the scat of
war in Virginia or to the coast of
North Carolina. My company was
Company A, of tho Sixteenth North
Carolina regiment of volunteers, com
posed of 13 companies and containing
1,353 men, mostly from the mountain
counties west of the I31ue Ridge.
P'? >nen Lee, a graduate of Wost
l'wut and au old school teacher of
Asbeville, was elected colonel of tho
regiment. Ho was a brave, refined
und nublo Christian gentleman, but on
account of his old age und feebleness
he hud to resign and leave us in Jan
uary or February, 1862. In the mouth
of June, 1861. the Sisleeth regiment
went from Raleigh to Richmond, and
in July from Richmond to Stanton,
and from Stanton to West Virginia,
and on the third day of August, after
a long and wearisome marsh, wo pitch
ed our tents on tho top of Valley
Mountain and Valley Gap. It rained
a great deal while we were camped
there and tho regiment lost many men
from measles and typhoid fever. Late
in November of 1861, under General
Lee, wo were marched down Valley
River to attack the Federals com
manded by General Rosenoraos. We
had our first skirmish with them and
drove their pickets in. Thore I heard
the first cannon roar and the cannon
balls whistle over our heads that I
had over heard. They were too well
fortified acrosB the narrow valley to be
routed by our army and wo had to fall
back to Valley Mountain. During
this time tho Sixteenth was attached
to General Gillam's brigade, in the
last of November we had to evacuate
the mountain and waded many swolen
streams btok to Stanton and from
Stanton we went to Manaasas. and re
mained there a fow weeks and built
somo fortifications whioh wc abandon
ed in January and went to Ocquoguan
Say for a short time, and from thcro
to Fredericksburg. At this place in
February, 1862. General Joseph L.
Johnston and President Davis review
ed tho Confederate army of more than
100,000 soldiers, whioh I believe was
the grandest army and the best fight
ers that ever fought battles on this
continent. Then tho army marobed
to Yorktown and early in the spring
we had to evacuate Yorktown and fall
back to Richmond, being followed by
tho Federal army. My regiment was
at that time in the brigade with Hamp
ton's legion and the Nineteenth Geor
gia regiment. The brigade was com
manded by General Wade Hampton.
Just after my regiment had passed by
our breastworks below Williamsburg,
the Federals rushed up behind on
abandoned fortifications and attacked
the rear of our army after they had
passed the fortifications and wore
passing through Williamsburg. My
regiment had passed through the town
on the road to Riohmond, and stopped
and stacked their arms and were toast
ing cold corn bread and broiling baoon
over the camp fires preparing to take a
much needed lunoh. But suddenly
we heard musketry mingled with the !
roar of artillery, the regiment was
formed into line of battle immediately
and stood in eight of the battle in
readiness to help if needed. But we
saw the rear of our army whioh had
been attacked drive the Eederals baok
in short order and then continue their
maroh towards Riohmond. We camp
ed a few miles below Riohmond for a
few days. When one day suddenly
the drum was tapped and the long roll
was sounded. We fell into ranks and
made a hurried maroh of a few miles
to chore the battle of Seven Pines was
raging. The brigade, composed of
\ Hampton's legion, tho Sixteenth
\. Worth Carolina regiment and the
IK^neteeth Georgia, rushed into the
Mging nnd roaring battle.
' 7<?j t?gimont, the Sixteenth North
lie to Meivern Jbiill.
Carolina, charged through an open
field under heavy fire of musketry and
artillery to the edge of a marshy
swamp. Just bejond the swamp and
about 100 yards in front of us were
tho Federal fortified lines of infantry
and artillery playing upon us and we
could not charge- them on account of
the miry swamp which Jay between
the two opposing lines of battle.
Under thin disadvantage wo fought
them behind their fortifications for
about three hours, when the darkness
of night oamc upon us ami we w>to
quietly withdrawn from that battle
field which was the first great battle
in which my regiment up to that time
had an opportunity to bo engaged in.
ri no regiment lost many of our brave
men kiilcd and wounded, among whom
v as our brave commander, Colonel
Davis, killed. General Joseph E.
Johnston at that time was commander
in chief of the army in Virginia and
was wounded in that battle and while
he was wounded General Robert K.
Leo was given command of the army
and was commander in chief of our
army till the war ended.
This battle of Seven Pines was
fought tho 31st day of May, 1862.
After that time wo remained in camp
in rear of our line of breastworks
along the southern Banks of the
Chiokahominy River, which was
fronting General McClelland's fortifi I
cations along tho northern bank of the
Chickahominy, till tho evening of
June 25th, when tho Yankees gave us
a shower of shells and a very close
call for a squad of a half dozen of the
boys of ray company, who wore play
ing cards at the foot of a largo pino
tree when tho shelling began. The
shells came thick and fast and wero
cutting off tho limbs oT the trees.
Just then the boys who wero playing
curds bocamo more interested in the
exploding shells and quit playing and
left the deck of cards on the blanket
where they had played for hours. Id
a minute after they had quit playing
and had separated a she" came along
and out off the branch of a tree, then
buried itself about six feet in the
ground, exaotly under that blanket,
then exploded and blew up the blan
ket and left a hole in the ground
where the blanket had been lying.
The regiment and brigade were imme
rr adiatoly ordered into line and \
marched that evening and until night
a few miles up the Chickahominy, to
the left of where we had been station
ed, and stopped in a dense woodland
during that night and the next day,
whioh was the 26th of June, till 12 or
1 o'clock. My regiment in General
Fender's brigade and with General A.
P. Hill's division were quietly march
ed out of tho woods into the.roar1 a
few hundred yards this side of ?e
bridge over the Chickahominy River.
We drove the Yankee pickets away
from the bridge and crossed over the
river and marched up that road along
by the side of a little branch till we
passed the spring and to tho top of a
lot" hill in the middle of a field and in
plain view of the enemy's line of for
tifications, which were about four hun
dred yards in front of us. Our bri
gade was quiokly formed Into line of
battle across that field under heavy
fire of musketry and artillery. We
charged aoross the field to within
about seventy-live yards of the ene
my's fort:fied lice, when again we
found a little miry swamp lying be
tween our line and the Yankee line
which we oould not charge over.
When we oould advanoe no further an
order passed uiong our lines to lie
down, whioh we did, and loaded and
fired at them till the darkness of night
came upon us. There I had my first
close call and a hint to the wise. My
left hand comrade, who was an old
schoolmate- of mine, would not lie
1 down. In an instant several of the
boys saw him alone, standing aud
offering himself as a target, and yelled
at him to "lie down or you will ho
killed." I turned on my side and
looked up and said to him: "Lie
down or you will be killed." At that
moment a ball pieroed him through
the heart. I was looking in his face
when tho ball struck him. For a mo
ment or two he stood erect as though
he was on a balanoe and as if nothing
had happened to htm, then suddenly,
with a beautiful natural smile on his
face, he loal his balanco and fell on
his back dead. Boon after dark had
hovered over that battlefield and all
beoame quiet along the line my regi
ment was moved along the line to the
right into a woodland mid rested on
our arms till daylight next morning,
the 27th day of June. We expected
the battle to open and oontinue that
day on the same field, but to my sur
prise when morning came aii was quiet
along the Yankee lise? exoopt a few
stray picket shots. During th? night
and the early morning the enemy had
quietly cvaouated their fortifications
aud were retreating. The killed and
wounded of my regiment in that day's
battle were many and greatly lament
ed. Soou after the break of day wo
moved further to the right into an
open field close in front of the Yankee
breastworks. All over this field wero
many doad and wounded of an Ala
bama brigade. We then advanoed in
line of battle and went over their
abandoned line of fortifications. They
had heard that Stonewall Jackson was
coming in their rear and they hasten
ed to retreat and dodge him. We
soon formed into line of maroh and
pursued them thiough their evacuated
burning camps. About 2 o'clock that
day my regiment and brigade were
formed into line of battle at the place
that scon became the battlefield of
Gaine3' Mill. My company was de
ployed and sent in front of the regi
ment as skirmishers.
Wo had not advanced very far when
we met a solid lino of blucoriat.Mi ad
vancing and supported by another
solid line a short distance in the rear
of the first line. My company fired
into them and fell back. They did
not return the fire at us then. We
fell back before them out of one field
and through a woodland and into an
other field, and in the middle of this
field we met and passed through the
rcat' of a solid line of our men advanc
ing to meet them in the middle of that
field. Just us my company, as a re
treating line of skirmishers, passed
through to the rear of this solid ad
vancing lino the rebel warwhoop min
gled with a mighty volley of musketry
was sounded all along the line and at
the same instant the Yankees return
ed a soiid volley into our ranks. We
went a little distance to the left to
where we had been sent away from the
regiment as skirmishers and found the
regiment in* a mighty shower of balls.
We took our place in line with the
regiment which was then starting to
charge. The fight was now getting
lively and in earnest. This time we
had no breastworks to charge, with a
swamp in our way.
But the two largest and best oppos
ing armies that ever met on this con
tinent met face to fuce and fought
this battle of Gainoa' Mill, fairly and
squarely. Our first volley with a
mighty rush forward drove them back
across the field till we oamo in close
contact with their batteries and lines
of fresh troops. The battle was waged
for hours stubbornly by both armies.
We would charge them off the field
and several times they eamo baok at
us again and again and disputed our
possession of the field. The battle
lasted till in the night. And just
after the darkness of night had come
upon us we made a last farewell good
night charge and drove them baok
more than a mile and held the battle
Wo got the best of that fight, for I
honestly believe that there were two
dead or wouuded Federals to every dead
or wounded Confederate, and we held
the field undisputed after that charge.
That night and the next day till late
in the afternoon we remained on that
battle field and enjoyed a much-need
ed rest. Then We fell into line of
maroh and marched all night. The
next morning about 8 o'clock we
stopped and hurriedly enjoyed a break
fast of Yankee crackers and bacon
which we had captured during the
previous day. I had somo genuine
Yankeo coffee und I asked my captain
and lieutenant to drink coffee with
me. They accepted the invitation
and whilo we sat on the ground and
ate hard tuok and enjoyed the drinking
of coffee we talked of the dead and
wouuded and their great suffering. In
the midst of our' conversation I re
marked that it was hard to suffer as
many of the wounded suffer and then
d?u. But I would prefer being mor
tally wounded and have some time in
**i wpotG Dr. Piepoe r&gmrti?
ing my tsa&o, and roc&Ivod
n I endured nearly
four years of suffer
ing, " writes Mrs,
J. I?. Myers, of
Washington, W. Va.,
from improper med
ical attention after
the birth of a child,
and female weak
ness, resulting in a
complication of dis
eases. Had a tern
hie cough and ai.
incessant pain and
soreness in lungs.
Was redu'.ed in flesh from 184 pounds to
about 100 pounds in eighteen months. I
had no appetite, and became sc weak
and nervous I could scarcely sit up. I
doctored with our home physicians for
two years with no benefit, I was finally
induced to try Dr.
I wrote to Doctor
my case, end re
ceived a prompt
reply, free, advis
ing the proper
medicines for my
case. After taking !
four bottles of Dr.
four of his ' Golden Medical Discovery/
three doses each day, also taking one bot
tle of Dr. Pierce's Compound Extract of
Smart-Weed and some of bis ' Pellets,' I
ceased coughing, and am now enjoying
splendid health and have gained thirty
five pounds in weight. I again feel like
my former self, thanks to Dr. Pierce and
his ?reat medicines."
S?cA women are invited to consult Dr.
Pierce by letter FREE. All correspond
ence sacredly confidential and all wom
anly confidences guarded by strict profes
sional privacy. Address Dr. JR. K
j fierce, Bu?alo, N. V.
which to investigate myself ami pre
pare to cross over the river of life.
My captain (his nama was Andrew
W. Coleman) replied to me that if I
should be mortally wounded so as tc
cause my death during the war, in
stead of suoh suffering I prefer that
my head he shot off right around here
(at the same time drawing his right
hand under his chin, showing what he
meant.) We then continued oar march
till about noon of that day. We heard
heavy firing in our distant front. We
continued our maroh till we came in
range of the enemy's stray cannou
balls and shells. Then our brigade,
commanded by General Fender, was
filed out and closed in mass on the
right of the road to wait for orders.
The battle was raging in front of us
and the stray shells made it very un
pleasant for us. In a few minutes
the command was given orders-to fall
into ranks, which we did in closed
??tiaB. The time had come to measure
arms with the Yanks again on the bat
tlefield of Frasiers' farm. Just then
while we were standing waitiug for
commanding orders to go forward, ? ;
got my second close call. I. was
standing with my left arm against my
captain's right arm when a stray
Yankee shell struck the ground about
fifteen yards in front of Captain Cole
man and ricocheted and out his head off
just under his chin?jast as he bad
said to me that morning that he would
prefer to have it instead of being mor
tally wounded. I did not know any
thing had happened. Suddenly, as
though I had been dead or asleep,
about two minutes after the occur
rence I came to life or awoke from
Bleep as the oase may have been, and
was lying on my back on a litter. My
face was smarting and felt wet. I
drew my hands over my faoe and tilled
both with his brains and powdered
skull. I said to th j litter bearer,
Hold on, boys, 'et me examine myself
and see if I am hurt. I then sprung
on my feet and found myself to be
unhurt. The first thing I beheld was
Captain Coleman, lying at full length
with all of his head shot off.
He fell forward. The shell had ex
ploded just after it struck his head
and the pieces of that shell killed and
wounded four or five men in the other
regiment in our rear. I wiped his
brains and blood out of coy faoe and
off of the breast of my coat and vest.
Tho brigade then formed into line of
battle, and wont forward a short dist
ance intn u cedar thicket and passed
through a, Virginia brigade that was
stubbornly falling back and fighting.
As soon as we passed through this
line the Virginians ceased firing.
Then Ponder'a Tarheel brigade rushed
forward and gave the Rebel yell and
turned a volley of musket balls loose
at thorn and drove them out of the
woods into a little field and they had
an enfilading fire on us which made
it the hottest place that I had ever
been in. At the edge of the woods
beyond the field was a battery that
had made it unpleasant for us when
my captain was killed. Just as dark
was approaching we charged across
that field through a storm of grape
shot and minie balls and oaptured that
battery and shot down many horses
which were being brought up to move
the oaisona and guns ont of danger of
being captured. This battle closed
soon after the darkness of night had
oom?" upon us.
During that night my regiment and
brigade remained on the same line
from whioh'we had driven the enemy
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and had taken their battery and were
holding it. A short time after the
battlo had ended and all was qniet
along the line and the night was very
dark, a commanding officer wound his
way through the bushes' till he was
within a few steps of our line and in
front of us he halted and mistook our
I line of men to be the line of Yankees
who had supported that captured bat
tery under his command. An ' he
gave the command, J 'Hold your posi
tion, my brave men, at all hasarda."
Our boys said to him: "Who are
you?" He answered: "United States
Major General Mo--." Some of
our boys told him he must surrender
i?u he i?iu he wouid not surrender,
and turned to ride off. Then several
of the boys fired in the darkness at
him?then he lit off of his horse md
said he would surrender. He was
sent to the rear and his horse was
confiscated for the Confederacy. Thus
ended the career of my regiment in
the battle of Frasiers' farm, and my
company came out of that battle with
out a commissioned officer to command
them. Our captain had been killed
and the lieutenants wore wounded.
Daring that night the enemy fell
baok to Malvern Hill, and were form
ed into line of battlo and massed their
great number of oannons in a strong
position on a ridge with a field in
front of this great mass of artillery
supported by General MoCIellan's
whole army of infantry and waited for
General Loo and Stonewall Jackson's
forces to attack them. Late in tae
evening of that day, whioh was the
first day of July, our army attacked
them by charging' through that field
facing a hundred or more than a hun
dred firing oannons. Such a roar of
artillery I had never before heard and
it was nearly all from the Yankee can
nons, as our infantry was oharging
and our artillery could not be brought
to bear upon their line. The battle
raged till long after night.
They could not bo routed from this
strong position, but our army wore
themselves out trying in. the face of
this mighty mass of belching cannons,
and finally ceajed oharging and fell
back a little distance. By.the next
morning MeClellan had abandoned
this naturally strong position, and
took refuge under the,; range of his
Fender's brigade was not engaged
in the charge in this- great battle, but
was held in reserve and in support of
the oharging K?e and waa thus ex
posed co the raining shower of shells
and minie balle.
This series of gre^t battles began
at Mechaoicsville and ended thirty
miles away at Malvern Hill and seem
ed to be enough to end that strife, but
it was only the beginning with thvse
two opposing Atneribau armies.
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