When the order to advance was given, the regiment moved rapidly forward, maintaining a good line till within about 200 yards of the enemy's works when the second line was moved a short distance to the left and then forward again.
This together with the darkness and the character of the ground, divided the regiment somewhat.
Most of the men with the colors entered the works farther to the right than intended and captured two guns.
One of these was immediately turned upon the enemy, loaded and fired by Sergeant Redfield M. Dustin
, Company F. Sergeant Dustin
served for nearly two years in the 1st Massachusetts Battery, and is a skillful artillerist.
These guns were carried off and receipt obtained for them.
The portion of the regiment engaged in taking the guns mentioned, with a part of the 95th Pennsylvania, 2d Connecticut and 95th New York advanced along the enemy's works for nearly a mile, capturing all the artillery in them and holding the works until ordered to join the part of the regiment to the left.
The regiment in this charge captured about two hundred prisoners.”
The more circumstantial account of this affair given by Colonel Beckwith
, is as follows: “About midnight we moved out of camp and marched to Fort Fisher
, near the lookout tower, and moved out of the works.
The strictest silence was enjoined.
As we approached the line taken by us on the 25th of March, we formed in line of battle in rear of the 2d Connecticut and had scarcely gotten into position when we were ordered to lie down.
At the same time the pickets began firing, as we supposed, to cover the noise of our forming, and we were treated to the sensation of lying upon a field for a long time exposed to the fire of the enemy's skirmishers without any shelter.
Every once in a while some one would get hit with a ball, ”