support of the Fifty-fourth, which might have won Wagner
that night, their attacks when made were delivered with a gallantry and persistence that made their severe losses the more deplorable and fruitless, by reason of such faulty generalship.
's brigade advanced, it met the same devastating fire at the defile; but a considerable number of the survivors, mainly of the Sixth Connecticut and Fortyeighth New York, pushed on to the southeast bastion, feebly defended by the Thirty-first North Carolina, and entered, securing a portion of the salient.
Farther they could not penetrate against superior numbers.
accompanied his column, and, as always, exhibited the utmost bravery.
, learning the failure of Strong
's brigade to carry the work, ordered Colonel Putnam
to advance his regiments.
That officer gallantly led forward his brigade, meeting the same severe fire as he neared the fort.
With survivors of the Seventh New Hampshire, he entered the disputed salient, followed by portions of the Sixty-second and Sixty-seventh Ohio.
His One Hundredth New York advanced to a point near the work, in the confusion and darkness poured a volley into our own men in the salient, and then retired.
It must be understood, however, that all these regiments suffered severe losses; but losses that night do not necessarily indicate effective regimental action.
The greatest number of men in the salient at any time hardly equalled a regiment, and were of different organizations.
They were fighting in a place unknown to them, holding their ground and repelling attacks, but were incapable of aggressive action.
Fighting over traverses and sand-bags, hemmed in by a fire