JAMES O. BRADFIELD
The division belonging to Kentuckian John Bell Hood was charged with assaulting Little Round Top. Among Bell's ranks was Hood's old brigade composed of an ornery group of Texans and Arkansians, informally known as the Texas Brigade. James O. Bradfield, a private in Company E of the First Texas Regiment, describes the attack of his unit on the Yankee line in a selection from comrade J.B. Polley's Hood's Texas Brigade.
Hood's division held the right flank of our army.... We began forming our line of battle on a wide plateau leading back to the rear, while in front about 200 yards distant was a skirt of timber on the brow of a hill which led down to the valley below. In this timber, our batteries were posted, and as the Texas Brigade was forming immediately in the rear, we were in direct range of the enemy's guns on the mountain beyond. As our artillery began feeling for their batteries, the answering shells struck our lines with cruel effect. The Fourth Texas suffered most severely. As they were passing this zone of fire, one shell killed and wounded fifteen men. It certainly tries a man's nerve to have to stand still and receive such a fire without being able to return it.
Just here occurred one of the little incidents that, happening at times like this, are never forgotten. In our company was a tall, robust young fellow named Dick Childers, who was noted for the energy and talent he displayed in procuring rations. On this occasion Dick's haversack was well stocked with nice biscuits which a kind Dutch lady had given him. As we were marching by the right flank, our left sides were turned towards the enemy. A shell from the mountain in front struck the ground near our batteries, and came bouncing along across the field, and as Dick happened to be just in the line of fire, it struck him, or rather, his haversack, fairly, and scattered biscuits all over that end of Pennsylvania.