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Caisson, Thos. H. Daily. Killed or died in hospital. Privates, Alfred Bunker, Received a warrant, later. Taken prisoner. Died since muster out. Henry S. Hall, Alex. Harper, Received a warrant, later. Jno. Jaques, Jno. Carter, Benj. Richardson, Wounded. Died since muster out. Ira Walker, Discharged for disability. R. J. Isaacs, David Covell, Wm. J. Mills, Thos. F. Longley, Received a warrant, later. Wounded. Edw. W. Preston, Discharged for disability. Michael Sulra. Murphy, David S. Murphy, Jno. Neville, Thos. Killed or died in hospital. Parlowe, H., Commissioned, later. Philips, P. Pine, Smith. Prouty, Robt. A. Reagan, Timothy O. Record, Horace. Reddington, H. Richardson, Jno. S. Wounded. Right, Jno. Rock, Louis. Rowley, Jno. M. Sallinger, W. Schwamb, Chas. Wounded. Shannon, Edwin. Shay, G. Siddons, Geo. Siddons, Jas. Smith, Ansell. Discharged for disability. Smith,
there also we were quartered when we participated in the first grand review of the army by Geo. B. McClellan. From this camp details frequently, during the fall, were sent with wagons to the vicinity of Mt. Vernon for forage. We remember that the troops at this time lying farthest to the left and front on this side of the Potomac, and on the line of these foraging expeditions, were the three brigades of Heintzelman's division, commanded respectively by Generals Sedgwick, Jameson, and Richardson. Thanksgiving was observed here in genuine New England style; an oven had previously been constructed by one of our masonic comrades,—for we had representatives of every useful and honorable craft,—and the cooks drew out of it at dinner time a turkey nicely browned, dumplings, pudding, and sundries indispensable to a correct Thanksgiving menu. Nor were the necessary pre-prandial exercises omitted. Lieut. Sawin, the reader par excellence of our official corps, recited to the officers and
the north side, Sumner's Corps being upon the left of Franklin, six miles above Bottom's Bridge. This force consisted of the divisions of Generals Sedgwick and Richardson, each division having a bridge over the stream opposite its position. At two o'clock on the 31st, these troops were ordered to cross without delay, and they Pines, Hooker bivouacked in their rear. Sedgwick remained relatively in the same position as at dark; all his artillery that could be moved was brought up, and Richardson was placed on his left to connect with Kearney. French's brigade was placed along the railroad. Howard's brigade formed a second line, and the Irish brigade, a third. How at five o'clock on the morning of June 1, 1862, Confederate skirmishers and cavalry appeared in front of Richardson and were repulsed; how the Confederates, later, came on in full force, approaching rapidly in columns of attack, supported by infantry in line of battle on either side, appearing determined to crush,
plan is, to push across White Oak Creek, through the swamp, and unite with Longstreet and Hill, who are making the detour of the swamp, hoping to reach the junction of the New Market and Quaker roads and intercept McClellan. How to prevent the consummation of the plans of these Confederate chieftains was McClellan's problem. His extreme advance had reached the James, this morning; the artillery, much of it, was parked on Malvern Hill. Leaving Franklin, with the divisions of Smith and Richardson, and Naglee's brigade, and artillery under Capt. Ayres, to guard the passage of the swamp, he hurried the remainder of his army along the Quaker road. Our command has evidently been waiting with others, until the movement had made such progress as to render it practicable for other bodies to be set in motion. Fortune favored McClellan, for when Jackson reached White Oak Creek, the bridge was destroyed, and batteries on the south side effectually swept the crossing. This was the firing
masses of the enemy thrown upon the corps, checked it. Mansfield's corps came to its aid, and the two corps drove back the enemy. But the veteran Mansfield fell, and Fighting Joe Hooker was wounded and carried from the field, where his services had been indispensable. Within an hour afterward, Sumner's corps arrived, and on its general devolved the command of the right. Sedgwick's division and that of Crawford penetrated the woods in front of Hooker's and Mansfield's corps; French and Richardson were placed to the left of Sedgwick, thus attacking the enemy toward his left centre. The battle now raged around a cornfield surrounded by woods, to which Hooker had in the beginning driven the enemy. Crawford's and Sedgwick's lines yielded to a destructive fire of the Confederates in the wood, suffering extremely, and, their leaders both being wounded, fell back in some confusion; yet they rallied in the wood. It was now one o'clock, P. M.; at this moment of extreme need Gen. Frankl
aking a reconnoissance in force, but the movement was a phase of the battle that was now being participated in by the entire left of the army. Now the batteries of Brooks's division fire incessantly, their shots directed by the jets of smoke issuing from the guns of their antagonists. As volley succeeded volley, and shot and shell plunged and thundered from the ridge over the plain and from the plain to the ridge, it seemed as though each battery was exposed to an enfilading fire. Comrade Richardson is wounded; we are short of ammunition; two of our caissons are sent to the rear, for a further supply. Sergeant, said Gen. Brooks, put those caissons over the ground, if you ever did! Twice the infantry of the Sixth, ably handled, dashed against the lines of A. P. Hill, but the position of the latter is impregnable. He must have been reinforced from the enemy's left. Still a terrific canonnade from our artillery. Our brave comrade, Sergt. Stephen H. Reynolds, commanding the seco