a native of Spain
, was afterward killed on a foreign field, fighting for the Royalty of his native country.)
As the enemy fell back, the sun was just setting.
Its rays lighted up the smoke which hung heavily in front, with a lurid glare.
The rebels are seen running hither and thither, loading and firing.
It is all an unnatural scene.
In this action Capt. Dodge
, Lieutenants Adams
were wounded, and several men were killed and wounded.
It was now quite dark and in half an hour Capt. Leach
, of the Brigade Staff
, brought orders for the regiments to return to the old position of the Second Corps, where they arrived at 2 A. M. and lay down to rest on the line upon Cemetery Ridge
The Third Corps formed its new line upon the ridge to the left, and details from both corps bore off the wounded from the field.
commanding the regiment, says of the action of the men on this day: ‘The most tried and veteran troops are never expected to march deliberately with a fire in their backs.
It is universally agreed that when they can face the enemy, they must stand to the last, but when they have to turn their backs, it is not expected of them.
I have always felt that, although on the following day (July 3rd), the Nineteenth did a magnificent thing, brilliant act as it was for a test of soldiership of a character most unexampled, what they did on the second day takes higher rank.’
During the first retirement of the men of the Nineteenth Massachusetts, the color sergeant
was shot down and dropped the flag.
It was immediately picked up by Benjamin H. Jellison
of Co. C., who had become crowded into the color guard.
He was at once made a sergeant and carried the color during the balance of this engagement, and on the following day performed an heroic deed which won for him the Medal of Honor.