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William Swinton, Campaigns of the Army of the Potomac, chapter 9 (search)
sing a leg. General Hancock hereupon took direction of the Third Corps (now under General Birney) in addition to his own. The attack on Humphreys was so sudden and severe, that two additional regiments (the Nineteenth Massachusetts, under Colonel Devereux, and the Forty-second New York, under Colonel Mallon), which Hancock had sent out to his assistance, finding that Humphreys was retiring, could only get quickly into line of battle, deliver a few volleys at the advancing enemy, and then reticock's left wing unassailed. From there he drew over the brigades of Hall and Harrow; One Hundred and Fifty-first Pennsylvania and Twentieth New York State Militia, both under Gates of Doubleday's division, First Corps, participated. and Colonel Devereux, commanding the Nineteenth Massachusetts Regiment, anxious to be in the right place, applied for permission to move his regiment to the front—a request gladly granted by Hancock, who also gave Mallon's Forty-second New York Regiment the sam