Here they received without shrinking a volley, which was certain to destroy a number of them, and then rushing forward in close order, fought their enemies hand to hand.
Whether a stray shot preceded the first volley, and from which side it came, are questions which have never been determined.
After a second volley from the British, Parker ordered his men to withdraw.
After this volley the regimental commander clutched at his leg; several soldiers fell, and a second lieutenant who was holding the flag let it fall from his hands.
A volley was heard, and some bullets whistled past, while others plashed against something.