Brigade was a very pleasant one and the winter was passed without further effort to attack or repel attack.
The Mine Run campaign
though it did not result in the expected heavy fighting was not without incidents of great interest to the members of the 121st.
When the Third Corps unexpectedly encountered a portion of General Ewell
's corps and a lively little battle ensued, the First Division of the Sixth Corps was sent to the support of the troops engaged, and the Second Brigade, leading the Division
and moving up to the position designated, was waiting for further orders.
with his staff rode up a little distance from the regiment and dismounted for a few moments' rest, reclining on the grass.
The battle was raging in front and presently two men appeared, bearing on a stretcher an apparently wounded man. Just as they were passing the general, a shell burst killing one of the bearers and wounding the other.
The one on the stretcher leaped to his feet and ran to the rear.
This was an illustration of the craft displayed by some men to escape going into battle; but it also emphasized the fact that thinking men soon learned that the safest place for a man to be was where he ought to be; that the effort to escape danger by craft and cowardice was not often successful, and was likely to bring its penalty in some unexpected way.
In maneuvering for position the location of the Sixth Corps was on the extreme right and on the night of the 30th it was moved very quietly under cover into a woods and formed into four lines.
The Second Brigade was the first line, the place of honor but also of extreme danger.
No fires were allowed and the night was very cold, so that the men had to keep themselves from freezing by running round and round in the snow.