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Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Harvard Memorial Biographies, 1858. (search)
igned to General Sedgwick's famous column on the left, which carried Fredericksburg, stormed Marye's Heights, threatening Lee's whole army with destruction, and, when Hooker had failed like Burnside, held the line of outposts till all had recrossed the river. Meade now succeeded, and Gettysburg was fought. In that tremendous battle the Twentieth, as usual, was under the hottest fire. It was in that division, for example, on Cemetery Ridge, which, during the battle of July 3d, received Pickett's magnificent charge with pluck as magnificent. The crest was soon covered with dead and wounded; but all who survived of the attacking column remained prisoners on the ridge. The Twentieth Massachusetts carried to Gettysburg ten officers and two hundred and eighteen men. Of these, seven officers and one hundred and one men fell in the action; three officers and one hundred and sixteen men came out unscathed, or too slightly wounded to be reported. Patten was twice wounded, but even afte
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Harvard Memorial Biographies, 1860. (search)
e held the city of Fredericksburg, and held it till the following morning, when the troops recrossed the river. In the forced marches which preceded the battle of Gettysburg, Abbott displayed the greatest efficiency in checking the evil of straggling. It was largely owing to his exertions that his regiment arrived on the field without the loss of a single man. In the bitter fighting which followed, he was of the faithful few who first checked and finally repulsed the fierce onslaught of Pickett's division of Longstreet's corps. The artillery of the enemy was massed in front of the Second Corps, and the concentrated fire of more than one hundred guns was poured upon it for two hours. Then came the majestic advance of their infantry. Regardless of the gaps made in their ranks by the fire of our artillery, they moved steadily forward. The fire of our infantry was reserved till the faces of the enemy could be distinctly seen. Then Lieutenant-Colonel Macy, commanding the Twentieth,
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Harvard Memorial Biographies, 1865. (search)
d Corps, under Hancock, held the left centre of our line, midway between the Cemetery and the Round Top,—the lowest part of our lines, left by nature the easiest to assault, and thus the key to our position. It was here that General Lee ordered Pickett's division, composed in good part of veteran Virginia troops, and supported by another column, to make their last terrible assault. Not a shot was fired by the Twentieth Massachusetts till the enemy were near, and Lieutenant-Colonel Macy gave tged on his men, and was at that moment struck by a shell, which caused instant death. His last words, just before he fell, were, Is n't this glorious? The Twentieth Massachusetts mustered that night only three officers and twenty men. But of Pickett's assaulting column, a still smaller proportion was left, for there were few who crossed our line without being killed or captured. The fittest record of Lieutenant Paine's bright promise as an officer and of his heroic death is in the follow
Thomas Wentworth Higginson, Harvard Memorial Biographies, Biographical Index. (search)
Perkins, C. E., I. 287. Perkins, Catherine C., I. 370. Perkins, J. A., Lieut., Memoir, 370-878. Also, I. 40. Perkins, Sarah, I. 350. Perkins, S. G., Lieut., Memoir, I. 349-357. Also, II 186, 455. Perkins, S. H., I. 349. Perkins, William, I. 370. Perkins W. F., Capt., II. 19. Perry, Com., I. 34; II. 2. Pettigru, J. G., Maj.-Gen. (Rebel service), I. 122, 231;; II. 308. Phelps, Francis, I. 189. Phillips, C. A., Capt, II. 235. Phillips, Wendell, I. 61. Pickett, G. E, Brig.-Gen. (Rebel service), I. 96; II. 454, 455;. Pierce, E. W., Col., I. 100. Plaisted, H. M., Col., II. 40. Pleasanton, A., Maj.-Gen., II. 70. Plumb, Rev. Mr., II. 231. Pope, John, Maj.-Gen , I. 26, 124;, 218, 244, 267, 425; II. 50, 94;, 128, 134, 169, 217, 259, 309. Porter, Fitz-John, Maj.-Gen., II. 64, 65;,167, 168, 169, 170, 217, 337, 338, 383. Porter, G. D., II. 304. Porter, Joshua, Dr., I. 90. Porter, Peter Augustus, Col., Memoir, L 87-98. Porter,