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[91] burning train, which made a grand spectacle. As the explosions began, great cone-shaped clouds of steam and smoke arose above the trees and gradually expanded, floated away in trembling masses of white vapor over the field. The engine was disconnected, its throttle opened, and it disappeared through the bridge, landing in the river. Very soon afterward the battle became hot again in the woods through which the regiment had passed and the line was gradually pressed back until stray bullets from the enemy reached the position of the regiment. A rebel battery appeared in the edge of the woods at the left and began to make things uncomfortable. Just as darkness began to creep over the land, a body of troops marched to the rear of the Nineteenth and formed a line. It was the ‘Irish Brigade.’ The men of the regiment looked on to see them form and they appeared, in the growing darkness, like phantom lines. They then marched down the gentle slope, silently and swiftly, until they were lost to view in the darkness. Their mission was to take care of the battery which was so annoying to the Third Brigade.

A scattering fire had been kept up all the time. Soon a tremendous shout was heard, which was met by an answering yell and the rattle of musketry became a roar. All knew then that the Irish boys were ‘At them.’ The fire of the battery suddenly ceased and the musketry fire grew fainter and fainter as it receded in the distance.

Soon after, the firing became more general and the roar of artillery and the clatter of small arms almost deafening. One or two lines formed in the woods and two in the plain below. Only two regiments of the Third Brigade remained on the hill, the Nineteenth Massachusetts being one of them. So far, it had just escaped a fight the second time.

At about 9 P. M. the artillery limbered up and marched. The lines withdrew and the regiment started in the rain on a march of eight miles. So silently was this done that the pickets were surprised, on coming in, to find the regiment gone and the rear guard marched for three hours before catching up.

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