"An incident on the Chickahominy, in 1862"

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"we went about two hundred yards, when we were halted and ordered to send videttes forward into the thicket to recountier. Captain Ward, of Company I, asked if anyone would volunteer. I offered my services, provided someone would give me a canteen of water. I think there were at least a dozen canteens offered me at the same time. The only Yank I saw down there all day was in top of a tall pine tree and I would not have seen him if he had not called to me with a bullet from his rifle. The bullet struck the ground just behind me, which made me know he was above me.

I looked, and finally he shot a second time, and I found him by the smoke from his gun; he was astride a limb near the top of a long-leaf pine. I waited for him to present arms the third time; then I was ready also, and I took the first shot at a range of one hundred and fifty yards. He dropped his gun, threw up his hands, reeled back and fell some seventy-five feet, and I heard him strike the ground. After dark I was sent for and rejoined my regiment near Richmond again."

Captain R.S. Williams - Company I - 13th North Carolina
 
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"we went about two hundred yards, when we were halted and ordered to send videttes forward into the thicket to recountier. Captain Ward, of Company I, asked if anyone would volunteer. I offered my services, provided someone would give me a canteen of water. I think there were at least a dozen canteens offered me at the same time. The only Yank I saw down there all day was in top of a tall pine tree and I would not have seen him if he had not called to me with a bullet from his rifle. The bullet struck the ground just behind me, which made me know he was above me.

I looked, and finally he shot a second time, and I found him by the smoke from his gun; he was astride a limb near the top of a long-leaf pine. I waited for him to present arms the third time; then I was ready also, and I took the first shot at a range of one hundred and fifty yards. He dropped his gun, threw up his hands, reeled back and fell some seventy-five feet, and I heard him strike the ground. After dark I was sent for and rejoined my regiment near Richmond again."

Captain R.S. Williams - Company I - 13th North Carolina
Thanks ! My 2 x great-grandfather was in Company I
 
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"we went about two hundred yards, when we were halted and ordered to send videttes forward into the thicket to recountier. Captain Ward, of Company I, asked if anyone would volunteer. I offered my services, provided someone would give me a canteen of water. I think there were at least a dozen canteens offered me at the same time. The only Yank I saw down there all day was in top of a tall pine tree and I would not have seen him if he had not called to me with a bullet from his rifle. The bullet struck the ground just behind me, which made me know he was above me.

I looked, and finally he shot a second time, and I found him by the smoke from his gun; he was astride a limb near the top of a long-leaf pine. I waited for him to present arms the third time; then I was ready also, and I took the first shot at a range of one hundred and fifty yards. He dropped his gun, threw up his hands, reeled back and fell some seventy-five feet, and I heard him strike the ground. After dark I was sent for and rejoined my regiment near Richmond again."

Captain R.S. Williams - Company I - 13th North Carolina



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