Chapter 32: in pursuit of Lee. In camp at Morrisville.
On the Fourth of July the regiment remained all day in line of battle, patiently waiting for a renewal of the fighting but it did not materialize.
The night passed drearily enough, and on the morning of the fifth several details were occupied in burying the dead.
The Nineteenth Massachusetts, First Minnesota and Seventh Michigan were sent out as skirmishers.
They pressed forward, entered the rebel works on Seminary Ridge
and found that the ‘bird’ had flown.
They returned and reported this fact.
Within an hour, the Fifth and Sixth Corps were sent away in pursuit of Lee
. The Eleventh and Twelfth followed in the afternoon and on the morning of July 6 the southward march of the Second Corps began, by way of the Taneytown Road
As the regiment filed out of the field at Gettysburg
it was halted and an order from the President
was read, announcing the fall of Vicksburg
The news was received with cheers and the men marched on with lighter hearts, feeling that the year of 1863 promised some decisive results in the prosecution of the war.
That night was spent at Two Taverns
and on the 7th march was resumed to Taneytown
Frederick City was reached on the 8th, Burkittsville
on the 9th, and at noon on the 10th of July the regiment arrived at Williamsport
, where, after a few hours rest, the men were marched about two miles in the direction of Hagerstown
, and formed in line to the right of the road to repel an expected attack of the enemy.
It remained all night under arms and in the morning moved across the road toward