Under intense fire from the Federal fleet, nineteen-year old Pvt. C.C. “Kit” Bland, Co. K, 36th NC Troops shimmied up the Mound Battery flag staff twice to hoist the Confederate flag during the Christmas 1864 battle. Bland was wounded and captured at the January 1865 battle. He survived amputation of his lower left leg and Point Lookout POW Camp to become a respected post-war circuit riding preacher.