ground frequently covered with snow did not satisfy their notions of the glory of military service. The next year brought to both officers and men the long-wished — for opportunity. In April, 1862, they floated down the Potomac to take part in McClellan's Peninsula campaign. At the battle of Williamsburg, May 5th, the regiment performed distinguished service, fighting behind an abatis of felled timber and holding a position against the main force of the Confederate army. Of 36 of its number the regiment might report, ‘And with the dead he lay,’ and the total loss mounted to 143. Through the rest of the campaign, at Fair Oaks and during the Seven Days Battles, it was in the hard fighting. At Chancellorsville it served under General Berry, who was killed on May 3, 1863. At Gettysburg it appeared with ranks thinned by two years of continuous service, yet sustained a loss of eighty-nine.
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