dead on the field, but after searching and not finding his body, concluded he must have been captured with some of our men when the rebels made the dash on our right flank.
This was true.
was captured, but escaped, and rejoined the regiment in August.
One little incident occurring in the fight at the “Bloody Angle
,” although not connected with the regiment, is worthy of mention.
When we were relieved by the 6th corps the 6th Wisconsin was in our front.
One of their men was an Indian.
He would crawl up near the rebel line, wait until they fired, then fire and drag himself back.
He could hardly be seen above the ground.
I became much interested in his mode of fighting, and his face was impressed upon my mind.
One day in 1867, while working in a shoe factory at Lynn
, an Indian came into the place selling baskets.
The moment I saw him I thought his countenance was familiar and wondered where I had seen him before.
It came to me that he was the Spottsylvania Indian
I asked if he was in the army, and he replied, “Yes, 6th Wisconsin.”
Then I was sure he was the man. We talked over the battle and became good friends.
He was a very bright fellow, a member of the Masonic brotherhood, but he said, “East no place for Indian,” and I assisted him to return west.
We were under fire nearly all the time, marching from right to left, and on the 17th occupied the works taken on the 12th.
While here we learned that Lieut. Moses Shackley
, who was a first sergeant in the 59th Massachusetts, had been killed the day before.
The 18th we fought all day, charged twice on the enemies' works, and lost several men. On the 21st occurred one of the sad events of the year.