On the next day he had the pleasure of examining the records of the regiments and the battery that had been captured, and retained possession of several documents that seemed especially interesting.
The part taken by the 121st in this battle was this: General Sedgwick
, determined to storm this position, had selected the First Division for the duty.
The column of attack consisted of the Third and Second Brigades. General Russell
commanded the Third and General Upton
) the Second. General Bartlett
had been assigned to temporary duty with the Fifth Corps. General Russell
was to attack the redoubt and Colonel Upton
the rifle pits.
The men of the Third Brigade advanced late in the afternoon, protected somewhat by the railroad embankment, until within the immediate vicinity of the fort, when the conflict became hand to hand; and the fort was taken at great loss to the assailants, and to the utter surprise of the defenders, who had boasted that it could not be taken from them.
The Second Brigade was delayed somewhat by the character of the ground to be passed over, a strip of woods, a depression containing water, and a marshy hollow.
As soon as the ground permitted the front line was formed, consisting of the 5th Maine on the right and the 121st on the left, connecting with the line of the Third Brigade. Companies B and D were deployed as skirmishers under command of Captain Fish
. Comrade Beckwith
gives the best close — up account of the fight thus: “We moved forward briskly and soon discovered the Rebel
They waited a good while, an age I thought, before they fired on us, and I knew somebody would get hit. Finally they let go and we started on a run after them, and they skedaddled.
One fellow waited until ”