44th Alabama at Devil's Den
I am trying to identify the author of an article in Confederate Veteran vol. 33, no. 7 (July 1925), p. 254, if anyone has access to this source. The author indicates that his brother was a member of Company C, 44th Alabama, and had written a letter about the regiment's fight near the Devil's Den at Gettysburg. Also quoted is Colonel William F. Perry, who wrote in an earlier issue of Confederate Veteran as follows: "As the line emerged from the woods into the open space ... a sheet of flame burst from the rocks less than a hundred yards away. A few scattering shots in the beginning gave warning in time for my men to fall flat, and thus largely to escape the effects of the main volley. They doubtless seemed to the enemy to be all dead; but the volume of fire which they immediately returned proved they were very much alive." The author adds, "They all, however, did not escape the deadly bullets of the Federal volley ... my brother ... states that James Matthews was killed outright, and William and Archie Luckie, brothers, were both shot down ... William perhaps lay in a comatose condition until found by a Federal litter or burial party, and was taken to a hospital, where he recovered. ... Archie Luckie's wound was through the lower jaw and tongue." Now this action occurred near and south of the Devil's Den - the opponent was the 4th Maine Regiment. Here is how the 4th Maine described the same action (from Maine at Gettysburg), "... in the edge of the wood of small pines appeared the 44th Alabama ... uncomfortably near. The Alabamians came on in a truly heroic manner but were met by equal firmness by the Maine men, although the latter were much less in number. The advance was soon checked and they soon gave it up, retiring into the woods, where they were completely concealed behind trees and rocks."