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[113] a grand review addressed the troops, expressing great satisfaction at their condition and declaring that he had ‘wanted to see for himself.’ Rumor began to be rife that the Army was soon to be sent ‘On to Richmond’ again.

On July 22, Sumner's Corps was reviewed and nearly 30,000 troops took part in the parade. Veterans of nearly every fight upon the Peninsula composed this Corps, which won Fair Oaks when it had been lost, and which had the battle of Savage's Station all to themselves and made a clean victory. In this review the Nineteenth Massachusetts and the First Minnesota regiments bore away the palm, as appears by the following order:

General order, no. 21.

Headquarters Second Army Corps, July 23, 1862.
The general commanding would hereby announce to this corps d'armee the fine appearance on the review to-day of the Nineteenth Massachusetts and the First Minnesota regiments. The condition of these regiments is an honor to their States, and reflects great credit upon their commanders.

By command of Major General Sumner.

L. Kip, A. D. C. And A. A. G. W. D. Sedgwick, A. A. G.

Official.

This praise was a source of much pride to every member of these regiments.

On the afternoon of July 31, the camp was startled by artillery firing in the direction of the landing, over the camp near the river. Orders were at once received to make ready to move. Considerable concern was manifested, as the base of supplies was there and some thought a rebel gunboat or a second Merrimack had some down to destroy the Union fleet.

In a short time, however, the firing ceased, the men broke ranks and the artillery, which had harnessed up and moved to the landing, returned. It was then learned that the rebels had planted a battery of 43 guns at Coggins Point on a commanding hill and opened fire on the hospital and the shipping, despite the

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