was composed of rebels in our uniforms, we charged with a will.
As they rose to receive us we saw that this time we were not mistaken, as they were rebels clothed in part in our uniforms.
We had a hand-to-hand fight for a few moments, when we discovered that we were being flanked and withdrew to the edge of the woods.
Under a terrible fire we changed front.
Our brave Major How fell, never to rise again; Colonel Hincks
was supposed to be mortally wounded and was carried from the field; Lieut. David Lee
was killed, and the ground was strewn with our dead and wounded comrades.
For a moment the regiment was in confusion, but Captain Weymouth
, assisted by Sergeant-Major Newcomb
and others, rallied the men on the colors and the line was at once reformed and our position held.
Capt. Edmund Rice
was in command of the regiment.
He was noted for his coolness and bravery, and the men had confidence in him. As I looked down the line of Company A many places were vacant.
, Volney P. Chase
, Charles Boynton
and several others were killed, while the list of wounded could not be ascertained at that time.
Company A had lost men by death, but this was the first time any of our number had been killed in action.
was one of my townsmen.
He was an eccentric man and had troubled Captain Merritt
by his peculiar ideas of drill, but he was as brave and patriotic a man as ever shouldered a musket.
He had no patience with the slow movements of the army, and I have often heard him say that he wanted to fight every day and close up the job. When advancing in line he would constantly rush ahead of the company, his only desire being to get a shot at the rebels.
I do not think it would be showing disrespect