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The whole force of the Army of the Potomac was about 100,000.1 The first important event in the peninsular campaign was the siege of Yorktown. The first assault was made, April 5, 1862, by three companies of the 1st Mass. with two of the 11th, under command of Lieut.-Col. George D. Wells, who was himself the first man to enter the lunette, after it had been taken at the point of the bayonet, without firing a gun. In his report he especially complimented Capts. Edward A. Wild, Sumner Carruth and Charles E. Rand, the two former of whom afterwards rose to be brigadier-generals. The national flag was planted on the works by Col. Jesse A. Gove of the 22d Mass. This regiment, originally recruited by the Hon. Henry Wilson, afterwards vice-president of the United States,2 at once proceeded to occupy and garrison the town. In the battle of Williamsburg, Va., May 5, 1862, following on the fall of Yorktown, Maj.-Gen. Joseph Hooker, a Massachusetts officer, was in command, and received at this time his epithet of ‘Fighting Joe.’
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