Remembering Confederate officer
When the gun went off, Lieutenant Colonel Charles Dreux knew something was wrong. It was just before sunrise on July 5, 1861, and Dreux (“droo”) was hiding in some bushes by a road near Newport News, Va.
The young officer had set up an ambush to bag some Union cavalrymen who regularly passed down the road. He had instructed his men not to fire until he gave the order, but a single gunshot rang out just as the enemy approached.