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Rebellion Record: a Diary of American Events: Documents and Narratives, Volume 5. (ed. Frank Moore) 10 0 Browse Search
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bout six o'clock, the head of Sedgwick's column — Gorman's brigade — deployed into line of battle in the rear of Fair Oaks, upon the crest of a hill which was in the centre of an open field, a farm-house (Adams's) bisecting his line, which stretched from the north-west on a line which, if prolonged in a south-easterly direction, would have cut the railroad at an acute angle on his left. The hill sloped gently toward the station. Col. Sully's First Minnesota and the Second New-York, Lieut.-Colonel Hudson, composed the right wing on one side of the house, the Thirty-fourth New-York, Col. Senter, constituting the left; the Fifteenth Massachusetts, Lieut.-Colonel Kimball commanding, supporting Kirby's battery, which was posted at the right of the line, and trained at a point of woods a little to the left of the railway station, this being the field to which the enemy had driven Gen. Abercrombie. Two of his regiments were still stubbornly contesting the field. Col. Cochrane's First Unit
batteries of infantry drawn up facing them across the marsh, a continuous and deadly fire. The gun-carriages were torn and perforated by many balls. Many of our men fell at the guns and along the line forward, to the rearward of the battery and its right flank. The contest was very unequal and trying. It raged for some time, but at this critical juncture, the Louisiana batteries came up gallantly at the double-quick, under its skilful officer, Lieut.-Col. McHenry. By the guidance of Major Hudson, of Smith's battalion, it formed on the right of that corps, facing the marsh. The reinforcement and its galling fire disheartened the foe. Capt. Boyce, with one gun of light artillery, began to play on his rear. He began to fall back, fairly beaten off. While the struggle was progressing, immediately on the rear right flank of the battery against these three regiments, a formidable force of the foe attempted, by passing further out to the west, to gain the rear of our position. But in
ccupied by a regiment or two, with one battery, and some odds and ends of cavalry, the whole under the command of Ruggles. Upon the arrival of Gen. Breckinridge, he assumed chief command, and the troops were separated into two divisions. To Gen. Clarke were assigned Gen. Ben. Hardin Helm's brigade, consisting of the Fourth and Fifth Kentucky, Fourth Alabama battalions and Thirty-first Mississippi regiment, Col. Stratham's brigade of Tennessee and Mississippi troops, and Cobb's Kentucky and Hudson's Mississippi batteries. To Gen. Ruggles were given his old force, the Fourth Louisiana, Col. Allen; Louisiana battalion, Col. Boyd; the Partisan Rangers, and Semmes' battery, together with Preston's brigade, commanded by Colonel A. P. Thompson, of the Third Kentucky, composed of the Third, Sixth and Seventh Kentucky, and Twenty-sixth Alabama regiments. These troops were mostly war-worn veterans, but their long marches and the arduous picket-duty at Vicksburgh had nearly decimated their ra
ert Holman; Fifth Sergt. Enoch Abrams; privates Adam Ralls, Moses Billingsly, John H. Clifton, John C. Corbin, William Corbin, (Second Corporal,) Harvey Zimmerman, (Third Corporal,) Julius C. Burgoyne, (Fifth Corporal,) Charles Lair, (Sixth Corporal,) Henry Conaway, (Seventh Corporal,) George W. Murphy, Joseph Hoever, Rolan Clark, William Light, William McCoy, Thomas Cully, Elmore Davis, William J. Miller, William Woodberry, William Boggs, John Vansickle, Joseph Servings, George W. Turner, Ira Hudson, Alonzo Allison, William Pettigrew, Alex. S. Kerr, Franklin Priest, Isaac Summers, Ben. F. Clifton, Calvin Rail, William Halsted, William Stewart, (fifer,) John F. Farner, Thomas Moffit. Robert Northern, William A. Kerr, Wm. O. Kerr, Jesse B. Stevens, Adam Pettis, Wm. D. Hasper, Benj. F. Miller, Wm. H. Myers, Matthias Seegar, Jas. W. Lyons. Missing--Second Lieut. William G. Plummer; Second Sergt. Ed. D. Smith, left sick at home; First Corporal Thos. Ketcham; drummer Henry Riger; priva
ert Holman; Fifth Sergt. Enoch Abrams; privates Adam Ralls, Moses Billingsly, John H. Clifton, John C. Corbin, William Corbin, (Second Corporal,) Harvey Zimmerman, (Third Corporal,) Julius C. Burgoyne, (Fifth Corporal,) Charles Lair, (Sixth Corporal,) Henry Conaway, (Seventh Corporal,) George W. Murphy, Joseph Hoever, Rolan Clark, William Light, William McCoy, Thomas Cully, Elmore Davis, William J. Miller, William Woodberry, William Boggs, John Vansickle, Joseph Servings, George W. Turner, Ira Hudson, Alonzo Allison, William Pettigrew, Alex. S. Kerr, Franklin Priest, Isaac Summers, Ben. F. Clifton, Calvin Rail, William Halsted, William Stewart, (fifer,) John F. Farner, Thomas Moffit. Robert Northern, William A. Kerr, Wm. O. Kerr, Jesse B. Stevens, Adam Pettis, Wm. D. Hasper, Benj. F. Miller, Wm. H. Myers, Matthias Seegar, Jas. W. Lyons. Missing--Second Lieut. William G. Plummer; Second Sergt. Ed. D. Smith, left sick at home; First Corporal Thos. Ketcham; drummer Henry Riger; priva