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Rebellion Record: a Diary of American Events: Documents and Narratives, Volume 3. (ed. Frank Moore) 5 1 Browse Search
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were not visible in the morning. At length I discovered a large scow in the canal, and two hours were consumed in getting it over into the Maryland channel. It would hold about sixty men. Colonel Baker, Lieutenant-Colonel Wistar, Assistant Adjutant-General Harvey, and myself went with the first load to the island, and there superintended the transit of our men. It was twelve M. before our first company landed at the foot of the bush-covered precipice which rises abruptly over one hundred feethe space of half an hour. The whole woods around swarmed with them. They had no artillery and no cavalry. Our Rhode-Islanders, except the officers, deserted their guns; but Colonel Baker, Lieutenant-Colonel Wistar, Colonel Coggswell, and Adjutant Harvey manned the battery, and fired the guns themselves, aided by Company G, First California, led by the gallant Captain Beiral. (The latter was conspicuous for bravery throughout the action; is wounded, but not dangeiously, and is now safe on M
that part of the column where Cols. Piatt and Toland were commanding. There were found two Mississippi rifles, which were aimed at our worthy commanders; but our colonels were protected, while Col. Davis of North Carolina fell, engaged in sustaining an unholy rebellion. The enemy's loss was thirty killed and fifty wounded. We regret to know that four of our men were killed and eight wounded. The killed are as follows: George Robinson, Company A; home Amelia, Clermont County, Ohio, Joseph Harvey, Company H; Cincinnati, O., Jeremiah Hullinger, Allen County, O., and Jefferson Black, Cir-cleville, Auglaize County, Ohio; both of Company I. Seriously wounded: John Essex, Isaac Z. Bryant, Henry A. Massey. Slightly: Second Lieut. R. B. Underwood, B. A. Harper, J. G. Young, Jacob Genagi, Henry W. Price, and G. R. Wait. We hope every report from the Thirty-fourth Ohio, Piatt Zouaves, may be better, until rebellion shall be crushed and peace and harmony restored. Cole. The fi