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occupied on the front; it received the name of Camp Misery, but it was soon so improved that it became healthy and pleasant. On the 11th, a large force, including the Sixth, was sent to a ford of the Blackwater, to rout a rebel force. The regiment lost a gallant officer,—Lieutenant Barr, of Company I, Lawrence, who was shot through the heart. At midnight, Jan. 29, the regiment fell in, under General Corcoran, a part of a force of four thousand three hundred men, and marched towards Blackwater; the Sixth supporting our Seventh battery, who were under fire for the first time. The position of the regiment was on the edge of a swamp, and was very exposed. The engagement lasted two hours under close range,—eight hundred yards. The day following, another engagement occurred, ending in a repulse of the foe. The force returned, after a march of thirty-five miles, and three fights—all in twenty-four hours. The night was pitch dark; the shot and shell ploughed incessantly; but the men<