Emmet, who, in the earliest dawn of manhood, hardly yet emerged from boyhood, stood for the first time on the field of battle, astonished all who witnessed his artless bravery-fearlessly and brightly, with sunshine in his heart, and joyousness in his every glance, wearing unconsciously throughout the storm, laurels which many an older brow might well be proud to win. In connection with the staff, I should be doing a serious injustice to an admirable officer, were I to omit the name of Capt. Malachi Martin, the able and indefatigable Quartermaster of the brigade, who, on different occasions, accompanied me to the field, and under fire, in the midst of the worst perils of the fight, rendered me essential service in the most generous and gallant style.
I have the honor to be, very truly, your obedient servant, Thomas Francis Meagher, Brigadier-General Commanding the Irish Brigade.
Colonel Stevens's report.
headquarters Thirteenth regiment N. H. Vols., opposite Fredericksburgh