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[55] the 1st heading the list of some twenty officers of that grade from Massachusetts who fell in the Civil War. General Sedgwick writes, ‘The 19th Mass. (Colonel Hincks) was the first to arrive, and scarcely pausing to draw, gallantly dashed at the enemy.’ Colonel Sully, brigade commander, says that Lieut.-Col. J. W. Kimball commanded his regiment (the 15th) with great coolness and bravery. Gens. S. P. Heintzelman and C. Grover especially compliment the 1st and 16th Mass. Maj. D. S. Lamson, commanding the 16th after the death of Colonel Wyman, compliments Cos. C and H.1 General Walker says, ‘The 20th Mass. showed very high quality in the very trying circumstances under which it went into action.’2 Maj. P. J. Revere (of the 20th) had two horses shot under him, and his services were especially recognized by General Sedgwick. Lieuts. William H. Sutherland of the 1st and David Lee of the 19th also died in this battle.

In the battle of Malvern Hill, July 1, which was mainly a defensive contest and was fought with great courage on both sides from 3 to 6 P. M., the greatest losses fell upon the 9th Mass. Infantry and next to that upon the 15th. Brigade after brigade of Confederates was sent forward upon our line, but each was resisted and decisively defeated, the Union troops, when driven back, sometimes making a counter-charge and establishing a new line in advance of the previous one. Here Col. Thomas Cass of the 9th was mortally wounded, and his lieutenants, John H. Rafferty and Edward McSweeny, were killed. General Devens, who was in this battle, said of Maj. Ozro Miller of Shelburne Falls (10th Mass.), who was killed in this fight, ‘I know of no one among the heroic dead more worthy to be mentioned by name than Major Miller.’ Linked with him was the memory of Lieut. James Jackson Lowell3 (20th Mass.), who fell at Malvern Hill and had been previously wounded at Ball's Bluff, where his cousin, Lieutenant Putnam, had been killed. Brig.-Gen. I. N. Palmer, commanding brigade, says in his report, ‘The 10th Mass., after several hours' hard fighting, reported their ammunition exhausted, but they remained firmly on the field till after dark, and until the enemy was everywhere repulsed.’

Here ended the remarkable campaign of three months, in which the Army of the Potomac had forced its way to a point where it could see the

1 Official War Records, XI (2), 81, 88, 95, 102, 124, 129.

2 History of 2d Army Corps, p. 77.

3 See his memoir in Harvard Memorial Biographies, I, 422.

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