when it was ordered to destroy the tracks of the Weldon Railroad.
A detachment was ordered to tear up the tracks, and another was placed on guard.
Suddenly they found themselves surrounded by the enemy.
The regiment, beside killed and wounded, lost two hundred and forty-five men. Rodney Hathaway
of Co. C was killed.
, Sergt. Eames
, Frank J. Curtis
, Edwin Ireland
, Patrick Gleason
, Benjamin J. Ellis
, Milton F. Roberts
, I. T. Morrison
and Lieut. Hosea
of the Light Guard proper, beside several others who had been recruited in Medford
, including William H. Rogers
, a native of the town, and nine men transferred to Co. C from the 12th and 13th Massachusetts were taken prisoners.
They were first stripped of everything of value and then sent to Richmond
, where they were confined in Libby Prison.
Although the place was foul and the food bad enough, they were under cover and the rations were cooked.
But the nine days of confinement there during mid-summer were so hard to bear that they hailed the change to Belle Isle
where they would be sure of air to breathe, but every change brought added discomfort.
In October they were transferred to Salisbury
, where, without shelter, without cooked food, with hardly water enough to drink, and none for bathing, with only vermininfested rags for covering, they spent a horrible winter.
died, and the rest looking with hollow eyes into one another's faces, gave parting messages for dear ones at home, fearing that a few days more would bring mental or physical death.
Deliverance came soon enough to allow Benjamin Ellis
and Augustus Tufts
to come home to die. One by one these prisoners have dropped out of life since the war, and now Capt. Hutchins
, J. Henry Eames
and Milton F. Roberts
are the only ones who can tell that dreadful tale of living death.
On August 21, the Confederates
tried for the last time to recover Weldon Railroad.
At Hatcher's Run
, October 29, Sergt. Edwin B. Hatch
of the Light Guard was