bridge partially laid, and the engineers doing their best to complete it. Our batteries were posted on the hills in rear of our line, and were vigorously shelling the city, but the rebel sharpshooters were posted in cellars and rifle pits on the other side, and would pick off the engineers as fast as they showed themselves at work.
At last volunteers were called for by Colonel Hall
, commanding the brigade, and the 19th Massachusetts and 7th Michigan volunteered.
We took the pontoon boats from the wagons, carried them to the river, and as soon as they touched the water filled them with men. Two or three boats started at the same time, and the sharpshooters opened a terrible fire.
Men fell in the water and in the boats.
of the 7th Michigan was shot when half-way across.
Henry E. Palmer
of Company C was shot in the foot as he was stepping into the boat, yet we pressed on, and at last landed on the other side.
As soon as the boats touched the shore we formed by companies, and, without waiting for regimental formation, charged up the street.
On reaching the main street we found that the fire came from houses in front and rear.
Company B lost ten men out of thirty in less than five minutes. Other companies suffered nearly the same.
We were forced to fall back to the river, deploy as skirmishers, and reached the main street through the yards and houses.
As we fell back we left one of our men wounded in the street; his name was Redding
, of Company D, and when we again reached the street we found him dead,--the rebels having bayoneted him in seven places.
The regiment was commanded by Capt.
H. G. 0.
, Colonel Devereaux
being very sick in camp.