Morthon, Sergeant Newber
, N. A. Armstrong
, Thomas J. Hassett
and Philip R. Woodcock
were promoted to lieutenants.
Morris C. Foote
, of Cooperstown
was also commissioned as lieutenant.
Lieut. E. C. Weaver
resigned on account of sickness and Lieutenant Kelly
died of disease.
The ordinary duties of camp life, drills, picket and fatigue, in trenches and forts, was broken once when in February 5th to 8th the brigade was sent to support the 5th Corps on an expedition to Hatcher's Run
At one time the line of the 5th Corps was broken and some of the troops fell back in confusion.
The brigade restored and stiffened the line and became lightly engaged.
It crossed the Run
to the front twice and lost seven men wounded.
The weather was very bad, and the return to camp was a great relief.
Perhaps some of the surviving members of the regiment remember what happened when they were sent on St. Patrick's day with the teams to get pine poles to be used for strengthening Fort Fisher
, and failed to get past the Irish Brigade that was celebrating the day with races and games of all sorts.
They had an enjoyable day, but the toting of a log of cord wood all night, and extra picket duty somewhat cancelled the pleasant remembrance of it. Major Cronkite
then in command of the regiment, did not escape denunciation by the transgressors.
says in his memoirs that at this time he was in great anxiety lest Lee
should leave his, position protecting Petersburg
, and leaving only a thin line for the purpose of deception send or take the greater part of his army to the assistance of Johnston
and overwhelm Sherman
in his advance through the Carolinas.
If he should do this before the roads became passable for artillery and trains, a great disaster to the Union
cause might result.