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Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Massachusetts in the Army and Navy during the war of 1861-1865, vol. 1: prelminary narrative 1 1 Browse Search
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mpt action of a friend and classmate, Private George F. Hodges, See his memoir in Harvard Memorial Biographies, I, 351. who himself died later in the service, as adjutant of the 18th Mass. Infantry. Twenty-two prisoners were taken from the 5th Mass., and were held for ten months before they could be exchanged. Of the 11th, two captains, a lieutenant and many wounded men were also taken prisoners, besides fifteen killed. The 1st Regiment took but little part in the battle, but lost Lieut. E. B. Gill, who was killed in the retreat. Its brigade commander, Col. I. B. Richardson of the 2d Michigan, reported of his brigade: My brigade in general behaved itself nobly and always stood firm. Col. (afterwards major-general) W. B. Franklin criticised the 5th and 11th as firing badly and as making their movements somewhat unsteadily while under fire; but he ends by extending these criticisms over the whole of the raw troops on that day. The firing of the rebels, he says, was better than ou