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[314] the breastworks, advancing once in a while in line of battle but was not engaged. Skirmish fire continued all day.

The rebel color mentioned herewith was taken by 1st Sergeant Viall, who was badly wounded. He offered it to Col. Rice, who declined to take it and ordered him to go to the rear with it. As he was making his way to the rear, as ordered, he was again wounded and the color was taken from him by a staff officer. Viall died, later, from his wounds.

The 14th was spent in comparative quiet, the regiment being on the skirmish line, however, as usual.

‘May 14, 1864. Having a little time this morning, went forward to the rebel works over which we fought yesterday, and saw a sorrowful sight. The Rebs lay thick, piled upon each other, while the trench in which they stood while in life and health was ankle deep in blood and water. Our men buried them in the graves which they had dug for themselves, i.e., in their trenches.’

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