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les south of the island, and then, if he heard firing, go to the support of Coggswell and Devens. Accordingly, Lieutenant-Colonel Wistar advanced with the battalion, six hundred and eighty-nine officers and men, and by sunrise had reached the riverours were consumed in getting it over into the Maryland channel. It would hold about sixty men. Colonel Baker, Lieutenant-Colonel Wistar, Assistant Adjutant-General Harvey, and myself went with the first load to the island, and there superintended no artillery and no cavalry. Our Rhode-Islanders, except the officers, deserted their guns; but Colonel Baker, Lieutenant-Colonel Wistar, Colonel Coggswell, and Adjutant Harvey manned the battery, and fired the guns themselves, aided by Company G, d resolved to stand our ground, General Baker ordering me to go for reinforcements. By this time Coggswell was wounded — Wistar had fallen. The enemy were growing more daring, rushing out of the woods, taking some prisoners, and firing hotly. Ju
my skirmishers. When this was done I returned to the bluff, where Colonel Baker had already arrived. This was at a quarter-past two P. M. He directed me to form my regiment at the right of the position he proposed to occupy — which was done by eight companies; the centre and left being composed of a detachment of the Twentieth Massachusetts. numbering about three hundred men, under command of Colonel Lee. A battalion of the California regiment, numbering about six hundred men, Lieutenant-Colonel Wistar commanding; two howitzers, commanded by Lieutenant Pierce, and a six-pounder, commanded by Lieutenant Bramhall, were planted in front, supported by Company D, Captain Studley, and Company F, Captain Sloan, of the Fifteenth Massachusetts. The enemy soon appeared in force, and after sharp skirmishing on the right directed his attack upon our whole line, but more particularly upon our centre and left, where it was gallantly met by the Massachusetts Twentieth and the California battal