Chapter 10: battles of the Wilderness, Todd's Tavern and Laurel Hill.--Engagement at the Bloody Angle.
We had now quite a respectable regiment, numbering two field, ten line officers, and about three hundred and fifty men. We broke camp the 2d of May, were ordered to move, and soon found ourselves crossing the river to engage in the Battle of the Wilderness
, before we realized it being in line of battle moving forward.
Our first order was to deploy as skirmishers and let the line which was being hotly pressed pass in rear to receive a fresh supply of ammunition, while we held the line.
I had about twenty men in my command.
We advanced as ordered, but soon received a fire from our flank and rear, and found that the rebels had broken our lines.
I gave the order “By the right flank, double quick,” and we went quicker than that
. We dodged behind trees as we ran, and the rebels were so near that in looking back I saw them capture Thompson
of Company B; with the exception of one other, wounded, all escaped; and the boys thought me a safe man to follow.
We rejoined the regiment, and were ordered in again.
We fought all day. Sometimes the rebels drove us, sometimes we drove them.
The woods were so thick it was hard to tell friend from foe. The dead and wounded of both armies were strewn all through the woods, which caught fire.
It was a terrible sight.
We knew where