Every one of our color-guard, composed of a corporal from each company, had been shot down before the battle was over.
The regimental flags, with the color-guard, were just abreast of the band.
If either sergeant became disabled the nearest corporal took the colors, and so on until the color-guard were down.
One result of the recent battle was the depletion of the color-guard.
These colors were carried by two color-sergeants, protected by six color-corporals, which made up the color-guard.
Meanwhile the colors were down upon the ground several times, but were raised at once by the heroes of the color-guard.
At this moment the color-guard marched up to receive the regimental flags.
How thrilling, how hopeful, was the cheer which rolled off among the hills, as the color-guard took its trust!
Just before reaching it the last of the color-guard was shot, and the flag fell in the open.
In the meantime one of the corporals of the color-guard was killed and a lieutenant was wounded in the hand.