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hind the famous stone wall. It curled upward over the grassy slope, mingling its color with the deep green, making the hill look as though covered with a beautiful carpet, while the deadly hail made sad havoc in the ranks of the advancing boys in blue. Notwithstanding the bullets, they moved steadily forward until, when near the first rifle pit, a rush was made and the line was carried. The Johnnies jumped out and rushed up the hill to their main works, followed so closely by the exultant Yanks that they had no time to turn at the top but scurried off across the plain. The occupants of the works at the top immediately left them and hastened to the rear. The men of the Second Corps arose and cheered the victors and then were set in motion and in a quick march moved through the city, out by Hanover street and halted in colunm by division en masse on the grassy plain in the rear of the Confederate fortifications, in front of which they had lain for some time. Early's Division
Waitt, Ernest Linden, History of the Nineteenth regiment, Massachusetts volunteer infantry , 1861-1865, Chapter 38: the North Anna battles. (search)
king distance of the rebels and there was much conversation between them. Firing began on the left during the evening and the enemy evidently believed that an attack was to be made on their centre for they opened with musketry all along the line, keeping it up for some time. The Union battery opened up on them eventually and compelled them to stop. On the 7th a truce was entered into for the purpose of burying the dead, killed in the charge of four days previous. Firing ceased and both Yanks and Rebs met, shook hands, exchanged papers, tobacco, coffee, sugar, etc. The evening and night were spent quietly and on the following day the regiment received 11 recruits. The truce was kept up until the morning of the 9th, when firing was resumed with spirit, the regiment losing six men wounded. On the 10th it lost two men by the enemy's sharpshooters. On the 11th the regiment kept up a galling and continuous fire on the enemy who were unable to return it. During the day about 10
Waitt, Ernest Linden, History of the Nineteenth regiment, Massachusetts volunteer infantry , 1861-1865, Chapter 40: prison experiences. (search)
In the morning their tents and blankets were taken away from them; some blankets being removed, even, while the men were asleep. The prisoners were then marched through Petersburg and they found it to be quite a pretty place. Their names, companies and regiment were then registered and they camped for the day beside the Appomattox river. At daylight on June 24 they marched to the depot and took the cars to Richmond. There they were marched through the street, being quizzed and called Yanks and other names, until Libby Prison was reached. Here the haversacks, canteens and almost everything else, were taken away and the enlisted men were put in an old warehouse across the street from the prison,—over 200 being confined in one room. At night a ration of corn bread was issued to them, the first ration which the men had received since they were captured, two days before. Shortly after noon, the officers were ordered into the prison and got their first taste of Libby and of Dic