been recommended for promotion, and Privates Bierne
were instantly killed.
On May 12, while the 39th filled a gap between the 5th and 6th corps, Edward Ireland
was killed and Henry A. Ireland
On the night of May 13, the command marched through deep mud and pitchy darkness to Spottsylvania
, and remained there exposed to the fire of the enemy for a week, when the line was abandoned, leaving pickets to follow.
of Co. C, one of these pickets, was taken prisoner and died at Andersonville
The Light Guard had its share in the victory which followed the crossing of the North Anna
, and the march was continued with constant skirmishing until the fifth of June, when a halt of five days was made at Cold Harbor.
The march was resumed June 12 at five o'clock in the afternoon and continued all night, with long halts.
The next day the enemy was met at White Oak Swamp
, where a line was formed and held till dark, when the corps pushed on to join the main army.
After daily skirmishes and nightly marches the column arrived before Petersburg
and drove the enemy into its inner works.
Here Co. C received several additions from recruits of the 12th and 13th Massachusetts whose terms of enlistment had not expired with the mustering out of their regiments.
The Light Guard, with its regiment, was stationed behind entrenchments so exposed, that relieving of pickets, drawing rations and ammunition and other necessary work had to be done at night.
Joel M. Fletcher
's life was sacrificed here.
July 11, 1864, Col. Davis
Read the order book of the regiment.
That is enough to tell his character.
said of him, ‘The regiment . . . is the pride of our noble colonel, who is a father to us all, and the best colonel now in the service.’
The regiment went into Fort Davis
on the day after the colonel's death and remained there until August 18,