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mental History of the Fifty-fourth regiment says it was hard to call the Fifty-fourth from its pursuit, and that some of the men, after the regiment had handsomely repulsed the enemy and followed him for a long distance, were distressed because General Hood would not allow them to win some glory. By special order from corps headquarters, a handsome compliment to these two regiments was read at dress parade. The effort to break through Jackson's lines met a bloody and disastrous repulse. Birney's division was sent to cover the retreat of Meade and Gibbon, and Franklin's grand division, nearly one-half of Burnside's army, did no more considerable fighting on that field. During the ensanguined battle on the Confederate right, Sumner's grand division had been making desperate attempts to carry Marye's hill the salient point on the Confederate left. The heroic defense of the Confederates behind the stone wall will live perpetually. At the opening of the attack, this wall was held
cock's corps, to attack the Confederates and drive them back to Parker's store, so that Hancock might connect with Warren's left. Hancock formed the divisions of Birney, Mott, Gibbon and Barlow on Getty's left. These five divisions were resisted all the afternoon by Heth's and Wilcox's divisions alone, Anderson, Hill's other division commander, being still absent with his command. The divisions of Getty, Birney, Mott, two brigades of Hancock and two of Barlow were composed of seventynine regiments. The two divisions that opposed them numbered forty regiments. Of these forty regiments, twenty, as seen above, were from North Carolina. Heth's divisionssault. Hancock was ordered to take three divisions of the Second corps to join the Ninth corps in an assault at 4 o'clock on the morning of the 12th. Barlow's, Birney's and Mott's divisions were massed during the night in front of Johnson's position. Gibbon's division was moved up as a reserve, but really joined in the assault
il General Meade's arrival, assaulted all along the front in the afternoon of the 16th, and the North Carolina brigades had a day of arduous battle. The artillery also had a day of incessant activity. After an afternoon of desperate struggling, Birney's division effected a lodgment The contest ended only with darkness. With the same disparity in numbers, another day of strife, attack and recoil, noise and bloodshed began on the 17th. At dawn, Potter carried a portion of the Confederate linch assaults. The only result of this novel warfare undertaken by General Burnside was the loss of 3,500 lives on the Federal side. On the 16th of August, Hancock's corps being engaged in a demonstration in force to prevent aid going to Early, Birney took a part of the Confederate line at Fussell's mill. Lane's brigade, led by Colonel Barbour (General Lane absent, wounded), recaptured the intrenchments on the Darbytown road, in the presence of General Lee. General Clingman's brigade took par