Private Havwood, of Company B, was shot through the breast with an iron ramrod, which being stopped by its swelled head, he caught hold of this and drew it out.
Tip- Allen, of Company I, was shot in the neck by a Mime-ball, which he in a short time coughed up. Both of these men walked back to Knoxville without missing a roll-call.
In Capt. Forrest's company (C) private Samuel Evans displayed great coolness | and courage. After being severely wounded, the ball passing through the cheeks, he refused to go to the rear, but remained and fought for a considerable length of time, cheering on the men, and loading and shooting as last as he could.
Private John Roberts company ( D. ), a very young- soldier, behaved with the greatest coolness and bravery throughout the whole ac- tion. He was frequently in advance of his company, was knocked down twice by spent kalis, and hail his gun shattered to pieces. He was but fifteen years old, but displayed the coolness and courage of a veteran.
When the last of the guard fell, the tattered banner, red with the blood of the brave guard that lay dead and dying around it, was seized by private Posey, of Co. A, and brought off in gallant style. Posey was promoted to be Color-bearer, with the rank of Lieutenant, for his bravery, and later in the war fell bearing it to the front in battle
Ed. Quinn, private in Co. II, threw down his gun and grasped the fallen banner, and running about fifteen paces in front waved i: fu- riously, and shouted : "Come on, my brave patriots; follow your dag!'' Inspired with renewed impulse by this gallant example, the line rushed forward with an impetus invincible, and drove the enemy in great confusion. But the brave Qinn only went a short distance before his work was done. He fell dead leading the regiment, and so firm was his grasp that il was with difficulty the flag-staff was wrenched from his nerveless hands.
When the main works were reached and the terrible struggle for possession took place, Clay Barnes, private in Co. E, Sixth Regime:::, was the first to mount the parapet. He instantly seized the United States ri;:g that proudly waved from die rampart, and a desperate struggle between him and its bearer took place. In the struggle Barnes killed the Federal with the butt of his gun, and tore the flag from its staff, and with a shout of triumph crammed it in his bosom and cheered his comrades to the rescue. As before descried, the works were carried, and Clay Barnes, of the Sixth, was the first man upon them, and captured the first flag. He still live near Spring Creek, in Madison county, and is as quiet and industrious in peace as he was gallant in war.
Capt. Austin Smith, a Methodist minister who had been made Commissary of the regi ment took his gun as a private and accompanied the regiment, and while bravely discharging his duty was pierced through the body by a Minie-ball, but miraculouslv recovered after a long illness. He returned to the discharge of his duty as Commissary.
During a momentary pause that was made for the purpose of adjusting the line, private Clarkson Brewer mounted a large rock within fifty yards of the Federal Line, and cursed them for cowards. He fell literally riddled with balls.
Adam Harr, a brave private of Co. F, was shot in the head and in the left side, and as he called for help he was asked, " Where are you shot, Adam?" In response he said, " Right through the heart and right through the brain." He still lives.
Capt. Thos. Puryear, of Co. G. Here he received his death-wound at the head of his company, with drawn saber urging forward to victory. We were righting superior numbers, which he knew, and just as he received his wound the regiment was temporarily forced back. Private John P. Mills and myself rushed to him, determined he should not fall into the hands of the enemy, when he urged us to leave him and save ourselves, as we could not save him; but we carried him back where he was taken to the hospital
We had some warm fighting, and our loss was heavy at Memphis, among the number killed being that bright and promising young- soldier, Perry Marks, who had distinguished himself as a private in storming the works at Fort Pillow.
The regiment suffered some casualties on the 19th, among which may be men- tioned private Wm. Ballantine, a gallant soldier of Rivers's company, who was killed by a cannon-bail.
Capt. Cannon, of Brownlow's regiment, a very brave officer, led the advance, and was killed by private J. B. Ezell, of Miller's company, when within a few feet of each other. At the same time has comrade, another man of the same company, shot Cannon's horse, and horse and rider fell together to the ground. Private Jerome P.. Podson, of Capt. Martin's company, who was temporarily on Col. Holman's staff, was shot through the heart and instantly killed within a few feet of Col. Holman.
Private Edward H. Pointer, a young man of intelligence and promise, was murdered by the Federal troops after he had. surrendered. They took his own pistol and shot him.
Among the killed were Lieut. A. S. Chapman and private Hill Roy, of Capt. Martin's company, and Lieut. Henry Collins, of Capt. Gordon's company. Private Roy was at the time acting as Orderly for Maj. Holman, and fell in the charge within a few feet of the Federal breastworks.