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battle the Light Division was discontinued, and the Forty-third was placed in the Third Brigade (Second Division), in which it remained without further change. The three field officers, Col. Wilson, Lieut.-Col. Fryer, and Major Wallace, were killed at the Wilderness. At Spotsylvania the regiment, though thinned and shattered, was one of the twelve picked battalions which Upton led in his historic charge, in which the Forty-third with its usual dash captured some of the enemy's flags, Captain Burhans falling dead with two stands of colors in his hands. The Third Brigade--General Bidwell commanding — bore almost the entire brunt of the battle at Fort Stevens, Washington, where the Forty-third fought under the approving eye of the President, and helped to save the Capital from Early's invading army. Lieut.-Col. Visscher was killed in this action, and every regimental commandant in the brigade was killed or wounded. Forty-Fourth New York Infantry--Ellsworth's Avengers. Bartle
Isaac O. Best, History of the 121st New York State Infantry, Chapter 10: the tenth of May (search)
it along the line by Captain Gordon of the 121st N. Y., in accordance with which, under cover of darkness the works were evacuated, the regiments returning to their former camps. Our loss in this assault was about one thousand in killed, wounded and missing. The enemy lost at least one hundred at the first entrenchments, while a much heavier loss was sustained in his efforts to regain them. We captured between a thousand and twelve hundred prisoners and several stands of colors. Captain Burhans of the 43d N. Y. had two stands of colors in his hands, and is supposed to have been killed while coming back from the second line of entrenchments. Many Rebel prisoners were shot by their own men while going to the rear. Our officers and men accomplished all that could be expected of brave men. They went forward with perfect confidence, fought with unflinching courage, and retired only on receipt of a written order, after having expended the ammunition of their dead and wounded comra