This moving passage is transcribed by David L. Welch from:
"Reminiscences of the Civil War", by John B. Gordon, Copyright 1903, Charles Scribner and Sons, Reprinted by TIME-LIFE books as part of the "Collector's Library of the Civil War", 1981, Chapter IX, "War by the Brave against the Brave", pages 108-109.
War-time Image of Confederate Gen. John B. Gordon
(Note scar under left eye from facial wound suffered at Battle of Antietam--at the time of receiving this wound, Gen. Gordon ended up face down with his face in his hat. As his hat filled with blood, he literally began to drown in his own blood. Fortunately a soldier nearby helped him to his feet and helped him to safety and medical attention. He survived this battle, and many others and lived through the war to write his reminiscences.
(Web author's note: General John B. Gordon was the Confederate officer that Robert E. Lee had coordinate the pre-dawn attack on Fort Stedman, Virginia, outside of Petersburg March 25, 1865 which was initially successful but ultimately failed after the Union's re-taking of the fort the same day. Coincidentally, this battle was probably the Roundhead's finest hour as they captured four Confederate flags, and were of the first Union regiments to re-enter the fort and re-take it. The Roundhead's two Medal of Honor winners, Joseph Chambers and Charles Oliver received their medals based on their brave actions here and there were numerous promotions at this time, including Major Norman J. Maxwell's promotion to Colonel and then to Brevet Brigadier General.)
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