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Waitt, Ernest Linden, History of the Nineteenth regiment, Massachusetts volunteer infantry , 1861-1865 2 0 Browse Search
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exchanged positions with the Fifth Corps, moving to the left. Good Hope church, on the Orange Plank Road was reached at noon. Here a short stop was made and then the regiment moved out by the Orange Plank Road, firing being kept up between the skirmishers. The Nineteenth was sent out in the afternoon to support the skirmishers. A branch of Mine Run was reached in the evening and here the men bivouacked. The enemy's watch fires were plainly visible but a short distance away, across Mine Run Creek. It was bitterly cold and heavy overcoats were hardly sufficient protection for the pickets against the high wind which came in icy blasts across the plains. A number of pickets in the Corps froze to death upon their posts during the night. The mercury was below the freezing point and thin ice formed in the creek. The water in the canteens was solidly frozen. The men were completely tired out, having had very little sleep for several nights. At midnight the pickets were called in