firing that had been so disastrous ceased.
The Irish brigade held the line until night, when our army was withdrawn.
It was the hottest day of the year.
As we changed front many fell from sunstroke.
was so badly affected that he lost his reason and never fully recovered.
was left by the roadside and was soon captured by the enemy.
At night we were stationed at the bridge until the last regiment was over, when we crossed and destroyed the bridge.
After we had rested a few hours we were ordered back, and sunrise found us engaged with the enemy.
In the afternoon the terrible battle of Glendale
This was June 30.
About two o'clock P. M. we were ordered to charge the enemy, who were in a belt of woods.
To do this we must charge over an open field.
Faces turned pale as we looked over the ground.
We grasped our muskets firmer and waited for the order.
We had kept our knapsacks until this time,--they had become priceless treasures, filled as they were with little articles for our comfort made by loving hands, and with letters from dear ones at home,but we threw them into a pile, and the voice of Colonel Hincks
was heard: “Forward, double-quick,” and we moved across the field and entered the woods.
Here we met a line clothed in Union blue, and thinking it was the 7th Michigan, of our brigade,--a regiment loved by every officer and man of the 19th,--we reserved our fire, and cried, “Don't fire, boys, we are the 19th Massachusetts.”
A galling fire in our faces drove us back, but we promptly moved forward again, still thinking it was the 7th Michigan and that they would see their mistake.
Again we were repulsed, and believing we were mistaken, and that the line