miles over the wretched roads of North Carolina
, and sailed over two thousand miles in crowded transports.
It left North Carolina
on June 22, to report at Fortress Monroe
, and proceed to Boston
The regiment was mustered out of service at Wenham
, July 2, 1863.
The Sixth Regiment left the State
Sept. 9, 1862, with orders to report at Washington
From thence it proceeded to Suffolk, Va.
, twenty-three miles from Norfolk
, where there was a force of about five thousand.
On the 17th, the first touch of war was experienced, and all fell in for action.
Some of the Sixth were sent out as skirmishers; others supported a battery.
No attack was made; but the ‘fatigue duty’ they inaugurated was systematically followed by the Sixth during the next eight months; and the result of their work upon fortifications was seen in one of the most formidable lines of defences to be found in the country.
On the 24th, the regiment was brigaded, under command of Colonel R. S. Foster
Oct. 4.—The first march into the enemy's country occurred when the regiment made part of an expedition to Western Branch Church; but no hostile force was met.
Nov. 17.—The third expedition into the rebel neighborhood began; a slight skirmish took place, but the artillery soon drove the enemy.
Dec. 5.—A new company-ground was occupied on the front; it received the name of ‘Camp Misery,’ but it was soon so improved that it became healthy and pleasant.
On the 11th, a large force, including the Sixth, was sent to a ford of the Blackwater
, to rout a rebel force.
The regiment lost a gallant officer,—Lieutenant Barr
, of Company I, Lawrence
, who was shot through the heart.
At midnight, Jan. 29, the regiment fell in, under General Corcoran
, a part of a force of four thousand three hundred men, and marched towards Blackwater
; the Sixth supporting our Seventh battery, who were under fire for the first time.
The position of the regiment was on the edge of a swamp, and was very exposed.
The engagement lasted two hours under close range,—eight hundred yards. The day following, another engagement occurred, ending in a repulse of the foe. The