at any moment or instant, with one of those projectiles.
One of our company said, ‘Be gad, there couldn't be much harm in it. It sung just like a little burrd.’
A little farther along the road, one of General Slocum
's staff officers came galloping along and rode up to the Colonel
of the 96th Penn. and gave him some orders, and as we crossed the creek and halted, this regiment moved on quickly and passed us. We were front faced in line of battle, and moved forward a short distance and told to lie down, that we were in an enemy's country, and also told to keep out of sight and not expose ourselves to view, as the enemy were only a short distance in advance of us; and a battle would soon take place.
We were also told that because of our being new troops, and undisciplined General Slocum
had decided not to put us into battle unless it became necessary; although Colonel Franchot
had appealed to him, to let his regiment take the lead, make the charge and do anything that brave men could be asked to do. Where we were, we could see nothing.
Troops were passing along in rear of us in a steady, unbroken column; and although there were guards posted in front of us to prevent our moving forward, a lot of us moved along with the column past the regiment, attracted by curiosity and the increasing magnitude of the infantry fire.
I went along with the troops in the road as far as the village.
A few cannon shots were fired at the column but did no damage.”
Of the part taken in this battle of Crampton's Pass by the brigade, General Bartlett
's report is as follows: