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Isaac O. Best, History of the 121st New York State Infantry, Chapter 10: the tenth of May (search)
ce and fire lengthwise of their line. Colonel Upton was with our regiment and rode on our right. He instructed us not to fire a shot, cheer or yell, until we struck their works. It was nearly sundown when we were ready to go forward. The day had been bright and it was warm, but the air felt damp, indicating rain. The racket and smoke made by the skirmishers and batteries, made it look hazy about us, and we had to raise our voices to be heard. We waited in suspense for some time. Dorr I. Davenport with whom I tented, said to me, I feel as though I was going to get hit. If I do, you get my things and send them home. I said, I will, and you do the same for me in case I am shot, but keep a stiff upper lip. We may get through all right. He said, I dread the first volley, they have so good a shot at us. Shortly after this the batteries stopped firing, and in a few minutes an officer rode along toward the right as fast as he could, and a moment afterward word was passed along to ge