the poor fellows were, but could not reach them, and the air was suffocating with the smell of burning human flesh.
None knew the result of the battle.
We changed front the next day, and continued the fight.
Night came on; it was so dark you could not see a rod before you, but we were ordered to hold our position in the advanced line until recalled.
We remained until midnight, then as it grew a little lighter, the moon having broken through the clouds, Colonel Rice
went to the right and found we were not connected with any other regiment.
At the left he found the same.
The officers held a consultation; all agreed that we should obey orders, but should we allow the regiment to be captured because some one had made a mistake?
We concluded to fall back until we connected with something, and after a while struck a German brigade.
commander undertook to drive us back, but we knew our business, and when Colonel Rice
found our brigade commander, he was informed that an aid had been sent to recall us several hours before, and in the darkness must have passed our regiment without seeing us. The conversation was on the result of the battle.
Most of us thought it was another Chancellorsville
, and that the next day we should recross the river; but when the order came, “By the left flank, march!”
we found that Grant
was not made that way, and we must continue the fight.
Our loss was not very heavy in the Wilderness
We had several wounded and captured, but only three killed. Among the wounded the first day was Color-Sergeant Ben Falls
, struck in the leg, and being in command of the color company I sent him to the rear.
The following day he reported back, and I asked why he did not stay.
“Oh,” he said,