Battle of Fairfield, PA Page4    

(2007) Views of the fields along the Fairfield-Orrtanna Road (modern day Carroll’s Tract rd.) Starr, riding with Balder, tried to cut his way out of the fight with his saber, but he, too, was felled by the combination of a saber wound to the head and a severe bullet wound to his arm, which ultimately required amputation. Lieutenant R.R. Duncan of Company B, 6th Virginia, whose saber stroke unhorsed Starr, proceeded to saber two more Yankees, running his sword all the way through one and twisting him from his horse


(2007) Views of the fields along the Fairfield-Orrtanna Road (modern day Carroll’s Tract rd.) When the Confederate charge struck Starr's line, sabers and pistols took their toll at short range. Opie recalled: "The boys rode, sabre in hand, right into the Sixth Regulars, sabering right and left as they went.... A great many of the enemy were knocked from their horses with the sabre but succeeded in escaping through the tall wheat." Federal trooper Charles F. Miller remembered: "Two comrades and myself, through sheer, reckless excitement, not bravery, not even thinking our lives were in danger, confronted twice our number at no more than 15 yards distance, and exchanged salutations with them with Colts navy revolvers. We were not an easy prey as they had anticipated, as two of their number fell on the spot, and the other four putting spurs to their steeds fled. Looking around, we found ourselves alone, the whole command had vanished and we were being flanked, so we dashed on after the retreating column."


(2007) Captain Cram's squadron approached the field after their detour along this railroad bed. Hearing a battle nearby, the Federals rode toward the sound of the guns, where they spotted Starr's routed troopers fleeing toward Fairfield. This view is looking south


(2007) Attempting to relieve the pressure on his compatriots, Cram ordered his men to charge into the fray. The movement was futile, and Cram's command was quickly surrounded by the Confederates. Cram was captured, leaving Lieutenant Nicholas Nolan as the senior Yankee officer on the field. This view is looking north

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