Some members of Gardners besieged detachment saw Armstrongs men emerging from the smoke on the north side of the mound at the "double quick," and broke for the friendly unit. However, Captain Crew was able to keep a few of the men together, and attempted an orderly withdrawal towards Armstrong. While withdrawing, Crew fell badly wounded in the groin. Some half-dozen mounted rebels surrounded Crew and demanded his surrender. Crew would not yield, and he admonished the nearby African-American troops to do the same. One of the rebels leveled his revolver on Crews chest and fired. Crew fell dead, his heart pierced by the bullet. The rebels dismounted and rifled Crews body taking his pistol and watch. One of the nearby African-American soldiers soon recovered the watch when he killed the rebel who took it.