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Epigraph Follow the colors of the Nineteenth. General Webb.
John G. B. Adams, Reminiscences of the Nineteenth Massachusetts Regiment, Chapter 10: battles of the Wilderness, Todd's Tavern and Laurel Hill.--Engagement at the Bloody Angle. (search)
after it. You and Lieutenant Thompson try to capture those rebels. Hastily gathering men from nearly every regiment in the corps we threw forward a skirmish line and captured nearly four hundred prisoners. After turning them over to the provost guard we returned to the line, found the colors, but the colonel was not there, and the rest of the day we fought where we could get a chance. As I was standing behind the works, waiting for something to do, Capt. Harry Hale, who was serving on General Webb's staff, rode up and said, We want to get two guns that the rebels have abandoned, which unless we bring them in, will be retaken. Can't you get them? Calling to the mob (there was no organization of regiments at that moment), Come on, boys, we rushed out and brought them in. Turning them on the rebels, we loaded them with everything we could find,--ammunition that did not fit, old musket barrels, etc.,--but not knowing how to work the guns we were in about as much danger as the rebels.