but missed, and the next moment was impaled by the bayonet of the intended victim.
A second feature of the battle that deserves notice is the slight loss to the assaulting column.
This seems to be due in large measure to the fact that the first volley of the defenders at the skirmishers who first leaped upon the earthworks was fired almost perpendicularly and did little execution, and before the rifles could be reloaded the main line was upon them.
The confusion of it all was described to the writer by Colonel Edwards
after the battle.
He said that as he with a few men were gathering up the prisoners, and had more of them than of his own men, he came upon a Rebel colonel with his men drawn up in order.
Upon his demand for the surrender of the regiment the colonel hesitated until Edwards
turned to the motley crowd following him, and shouted, “Forward, 121st New York and 5th Maine!”
Upon this the Rebel
Too much credit cannot be given to the regiments of the Third Brigade for this victory.
It was their magnificent valor in assaulting and capturing the fort and battery on the left that made the rest of the fighting so comparatively easy and bloodless.
The loss of the 5th Maine in the affair was ten killed. Eight regimental flags were captured, four by the 5th Maine and four by the 121st New York.
In this battle Capt. Robert P. Wilson
was wounded, a bullet passing through one of his wrists, but he came out at its close carrying one of the captured flags and riding a little iron grey mare, so familiar a sight to our men on every battle field in which the brigade was engaged up to this time.
This was his last battle, however.
He returned to brigade headquarters after the wound had partially healed, but only to resign his office