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‘ [97] the battle of Chancellorsville, May 3, 1863, while holding with his command a line of abatis and riflepits against a strong force of the enemy until severely wounded, while colonel 61st New York Volunteers, commanding the line of skirmishers in front of the 1st Division, 2d Army Corps.’

Col. N. J. Hall, brigade commander, expresses acknowledgments to Lieutenant Ferris (19th Mass.) and Lieutenant McKay (20th Mass.) who volunteered, with twenty-five men from each regiment, to cross the river in boats and dislodge the enemy from riflepits that menaced the builders of a bridge, but their services were not finally needed, though the boats were made ready.1 These represented, it will be remembered, the same regiments which did a like service at Fredericksburg. Colonel Blaisdell, with the 11th, was praised as usual.2 He was ‘highly complimented by General Hancock for the manner in which himself and regiment performed the arduous duties which devolved upon them on the extreme left, sustaining unaided the attacks made by the enemy to force that position during the entire day of May 2.’

Among those who fell during the three days at Chancellorsville were Gen. Amiel W. Whipple, Capts. Charles E. Rand of the 1st Mass. Infantry, Alexander J. Dallas of the 16th and William G. Hewins of the 18th. Capts. George Bush and William Cordwell of the 13th had been killed by artillery fire at Fitzhugh's Crossing, being the only persons killed (April 29-30). Lieut. A. E. Phillips, 1st Mass. Cavalry, was mortally wounded at Rapidan Station (May 1). There fell also at Chancellorsville Lieut. Gerald Fitzgerald (2d), John Munn and John S. Harris (11th), Hiram Rowe and Samuel Savage (16th). To these should be added Col. William 0. Stevens, a Massachusetts man, commanding the 70th New York Infantry, described by General Revere, his brigade commander, as ‘a truly splendid officer and magnificently brave.’3

On the first day of the battle of Chancellorsville there took place a cavalry skirmish at Rapidan Station, Va. (May 1, 1863), when the only life lost was that of Lieut. A. E. Phillips of Chicopee, of the 1st Mass. Cavalry. The fight at Brandy Station (June 9), in which the 1st Mass. Cavalry took active part, was the first instance where the Union cavalry really showed itself the equal of a similar Confederate force. In the much more important

1 Official War Records, 39, pp. 358-360.

2 Official War Records, 39, pp. 449-455. Colonel Blaisdell's report is on p. 451.

3 See his memoir in Harvard Memorial Biographies, I, 147.

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