at one time an orderly sergeant and one private represented the company at dress parade.
After a rest of a month and four days, orders were received to leave the comfortable quarters.
The men were enjoined by their colonel to leave their camp in good condition for occupancy of friend or foe who might occupy it next.
March 12, 1864, all sutlers were sent to the rear.
Dress coats were packed and sent to Washington
As soon as it was warm enough overcoats were sent to the rear.
In regard to clothing the Christian
injunction was followed, ‘Let him who hath two coats give to him that hath none.’
No stream was to impede progress unless it was deep enough to wet cartridges.
At temporary halts men were not even to unsling knapsacks.
Canteens were to be filled only at starting and at noon halts.
Stragglers on the flanks were to be fired upon.
Fighting by day, marching by night, under the indomitable command of Grant
, the Army of the Potomac marched through the Wilderness
May 4, the terrible battle began, and for thirty-eight days the army had no sleep except naps on the ground when they halted.
The Light Guard lost eighteen men, killed and wounded, in the Wilderness
The company was not actually engaged until the fourth day of the engagement, at Laurel Hill
The regiment, charging with fixed bayonets, drove cavalry and then a battery before it, but meeting strongly entrenched infantry, it was forced to fall back over an open field.
Here the Light Guard suffered severely.
, Stephen Busha
and Alfred Joyce
The latter died in prison at Andersonville
; the others were never heard from.
was maimed for life and Sergeants Turner
were slightly wounded.
On May 10 the regiment was in the front line (where it was placed almost without exception all through this campaign). It made no actual demonstration but was exposed to artillery fire.
On that day Sergeant Stevens
, who had