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Historic leaves, volume 7, April, 1908 - January, 1909, Company E, 39th Massachusetts Infantry, in the Civil War.—(Iv.) (search)
a gap on our right and came through, thus flanking us again. Our artillery opened on them as they were between us and the. artillery, and the shells did us as much harm as they did the Rebels. The men of both sides were now pretty generally mixed up in the woods. One squad, whichever was the bigger, would capture the other. This day our regiment was in the worst part of the line, and suffered more than any other, unless it was the Sixteenth Maine, which was captured almost to a man. August 20. Both lines were rather quiet to-day, and both were stationed on either side of the railroad, back a little from where we first charged the enemy. We held the railroad, and they were bound to drive us off. Sunday, August 21. The enemy attacked us, but were repulsed, and during the rest of the war our side held the railroad. In this battle Company E—the Somerville company—suffered severely. Captain F. R. Kinsley was captured on August 19, and the command devolved upon Captain Geo