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[111] brigade you were untried, and at the first fierce engagement with the enemy I withheld you, and it was with a good deal of fear and anxiety that I awaited your first hour of danger. For the honor of our State I was anxious until you proved yourselves worthy of the State to which you, and I, belong. I should not hesitate now, should I be called upon, to place you at the post of danger. Where I would trust an old and well-tried regiment I would trust you. Under any circumstances I would rely on you. The enemy acknowledged your superiority and all concede your efficiency as a regiment. But I have little time to speak. When I left the brigade, on that very day, under Colonel Upton, you won a name that will be imperishable. Your courage stood a stirring test, but you were not wanting. I allude to the battle of Rappahannock Station. You placed yourselves almost upon the very pinnacle of glory. You accomplished there what few regiments ever did. I was with you. I have but the gleanings left. Would to God every regiment would do as much! This accursed rebellion would soon be put down.

Three cheers and a tiger were given for General Bartlett, also for Colonel Upton, who protested saying, “Steady, steady men, place it where it belongs, upon General Bartlett.” Three more cheers and a tiger were given to both General Bartlett and Colonel Upton, and the men dispersed to their quarters in the best of spirits.

Another event that deserves consideration was the breaking up of the Third Corps and the assignment of the regiments to the Sixth Corps.

The conditions of life in a winter camp are so well described by Comrade Beckwith that his description ought to appear in the history of the regiment. He says, “We passed the winter of 1863 ”

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