Samuel F. Abraham
, right arm lost at the second famous battle of Cold Harbor
, where the company decimated by previous engagements had only eleven men for duty, all of whom were killed or wounded with the solitary exception of Vincent A. Tapscott
, who escaped only by the fact that he was sent to the rear for more ammunition.
This was the battle in which, as Swinburne
, the northern historian, states, of the Federals
6,500 were killed outright in less than sixty-eight minutes, and over 13,000 were wounded.
During the same battle the Confederate
loss amounted to about 3,500 killed and wounded. It would seem improbable that he exaggerated the loss of his own people.
It was the same battle in which the Federals
made five distinct charges and although General Ulysses S. Grant
placed himself at their head on horseback and urged his troops to make the sixth charge, they declined, and as the historian, Swinburne
, truly states, this declination ought not to be the subject of unfavorable comment upon their courage.
The writer has been unable to find any parallel in history to the great mortality in this battle.
William B. Abraham
, killed in battle, and said to be the youngest soldier in the Confederate army, and it is probably true.
Reuben T. Adcock
Ezekiel H. Adcock
, died from camp fever.
He was the son of a member of Congress and died a school teacher in West Virginia
At Fort Donelson
he distinguished himself by successfully going after water amid a storm of bullets.
The boys always laughingly said that he ‘staggered so that the Yankees
could not hit him.’