believing that the enemy were preparing to flank us on the left, where the Fifty-fourth alone were taking post.
Well might Seymour
think that everything depended on our regiment.
Under these adverse conditions the colored brigade was to hold the enemy in check until a new line could be formed in the rear.
led his regiment by the flank into the woods on the left of the road, and forming by file into line, immediately opened fire.
The Fifty-fourth had thirteen officers and 497 men in action, with a formation as below, Company D being on the left,— D B H F K C G I
The following-named officers were present,—Colonel Hallowell
, Lieutenant-Colonel Hooper
, Acting Adjutant Howard
; Company I, Lieutenant Homans
; Company G, Lieut. David Reid
; Company C, Lieutenant Tomlinson
, commanding, and Lieutenant Bridgham
; Company K, Lieutenant Littlefield
, commanding, and Lieutenant Leonard
; Company F, Captain Bridge
; Company H, Lieutenant Chipman
; Company B, Lieutenant Newell
; Company D, Lieutenant Duren
. Assistant-Surgeons Bridgham
, and Quartermaster Ritchie
, were on the field.
, of Company D, bore the national flag in the ranks of Company K, and Corporal Peal
, of Company F, the State
, of the Fifty-fourth, on Colonel Montgomery
's staff, took part in the action.
About the same time the First North Carolina went into action on the right of the road.
The Fifty-fourth formed in a grove of pine extending around on every side over ground nearly level.
So open was the forest that the