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Waitt, Ernest Linden, History of the Nineteenth regiment, Massachusetts volunteer infantry , 1861-1865, Chapter 24: the winter camp at Falmouth. (search)
Commanding Regiment. The result of the various regimental inspections was the re-establishment of the Army until it was in better condition than ever, so that when Gen. Hooker determined upon a fresh movement, he had an army in perfect condition. On April 6 there was a grand review before President Lincoln and Gen. Hooker, in which the Second Corps participated. The Chancellorsville campaign soon followed and in this the division to which the regiment belonged, then commanded by Gen. Gibbon, was assigned to the assistance of Gen. Sedgwick's Sixth Corps at Fredericksburg. Maj. Rice, Adjt. Palmer, Captains Mahoney and Dunn, with Lieutenants Hume, of Co. K, and William Stone, of Co. G, had returned from leave on account of wounds and the roster showed the following changes when the regiment was ready to move again. Co. B.Capt. Henry A. Hale, on detached service, A. A. Insp. Gen. 1st. Brig. 2nd Corps. Second Lieut. Moses Shackley, in command of Company F. Co. C.First Lie
some time. Early's Division and Barksdale's Mississippi Brigade, who had occupied the position with artillery, fell back and the dreaded Marye's Heights were at last taken. Among the guns captured was a portion of the Washington artillery and two or three of the guns which the rebels had borrowed from the Union forces at the first Bull Run. After the Heights were carried, Gen. Sedgwick with his main force started on toward Salem Church, driving the enemy before him. Two brigades of Gen. Gibbon's division were left behind to hold the town, protect the railway and bridges and the depot of supplies at Aquia Creek. Hall's brigade was left on the south side of the river to act as provost guard for the city of Fredericksburg. This work was given to them in recognition of the fact they had twice crossed the river in the direct front of the enemy at the head of the Union forces. At nightfall, the regiment was sent to the right again to about the same place it had occupied in the
Waitt, Ernest Linden, History of the Nineteenth regiment, Massachusetts volunteer infantry , 1861-1865, Chapter 27: the Gettysburg Campaign. (search)
Fifteenth and Nineteenth Massachusetts Volunteers, for marching today in the best and most compact order, and with the least straggling from their ranks, are excused from all picket duty and outside details for four days. By command of Brig. Gen. Gibbon. Such orders as these, showing in a practical way the appreciation of the superior officers, did much toward making the hardships of active campaigning endurable for the men, and were bright spots in the dark days when there seemed to Does he think we can march all day without eating or resting? If he does he's mistaken. The effect of the heat and the forced marching was evident as one saw hundreds who had fallen out. As the regiment approached the town of Liberty, Gen. Gibbon asked if the Glee Club would sing as the column marched through the town. Billy McGinnis was orderly sergeant of the right flank company. Turning to him, Col. Devereux said Drop out of the line and get your glee club up to the front. He did
taggering, it yet holds its position until the Mississippi brigade of Barksdale turns its right and falls upon its flank. It gallantly meets the new foe and for a few moments holds its own. Gen. Meade comes up just at this time, with Hancock and Gibbon, and stands near the Nineteenth Massachusetts, which is occupying a position in the front of the Second Division, Second Corps, just to the left of the now justly celebrated Copse of trees. It is soon apparent that something must be done to assist Humphrey. Turning to Hancock, Gen. Meade says: Something must be done. Send a couple of regiments out in support of Humphrey. Hancock turned to Gibbon, and, without a word between them, the latter says to Col. Devereux, Take the Forty Second New York with you. In an instant the two regiments, in all about 400 men are on the march at double-quick along the ridge toward the left and front. The right flank of the Third Corps is probably a quarter of a mile distant when the regiments sta
owned with a growth of small oaks constituting a prominent feature of the landscape. The slope of this knoll toward the enemy, and for a little distance to both left and right, was held by the Second Division, Second Corps, under command of Gen. John Gibbon. In it were three brigades, that of Gen. Webb on the right, Col. Hall in the centre and Gen. Harrow on the left. There was but one line of infantry from the left up to Webb's position where one of his regiments had retired a few paces. OnThe report from the second gun had not died away before another shot came over the ridge, striking among the gun stacks of the Nineteenth Massachusetts, and then every rebel gun on Seminary Ridge opened in one grand salvo, with concentric fire on Gibbon's Division. From this time on, for an hour and thirty minutes, the roaring of cannon and the bursting of shells from both sides was so incessant that the ear could not distinguish individual explosions. It was one grand raging clash of ceaseles
Waitt, Ernest Linden, History of the Nineteenth regiment, Massachusetts volunteer infantry , 1861-1865, Chapter 30: Pickett's charge. (search)
the cannon. Woodruff, Brown, Cushing, Rorty and every other commissioned officer, almost without exception, of their respective batteries is dead or disabled. Gen. Gibbon, commanding the division is also wounded. Gallant Alex. Hayes, stripped to his shirt, is yelling down his line and a regiment of Ewell's corps, entangled with s. Vols., Gettysburg, Pa., July 4, 1863. This will certify that Corporal Joseph DeCastro, Co. I, 19th regt. Mass Vols. in the attack of Pickett's division on Gibbon's Division, Second Corps, U. S. Army, on July 3rd, 1863, at Gettysburg, Pa., did capture the colors of the 14th regiment Va. Infantry, C. S. A., inscribed with thmn in front. Woodruff advanced his battery far out upon the plain in front of Howard's corps and opened fire upon their left rear. Hancock had fallen, Hayes and Gibbon both were wounded. Brave Webb called out to Charge! Suddenly in the midst of the awful carnage, the National color of the Nineteenth Massachusetts was seen to
Waitt, Ernest Linden, History of the Nineteenth regiment, Massachusetts volunteer infantry , 1861-1865, Chapter 31: after the battle. (search)
the conclusion of what was soon to be the ever memorable battle of Gettysburg in its second and third day's continuance. Early in the morning of July 2nd, General Gibbon, commanding the Second Division of the Second Corps, assumed command of the corps, General Hancock being temporarily in chief command. General Harrow, commanding First Brigade, came into command of the division by seniority. At the joint request of Generals Gibbon and Harrow, I left my regiment and joined General Harrow's staff for the purpose of taking charge of the operations of the division, giving orders in General Harrow's name. Nothing of importance occurred, however. Later in the day, when General Gibbon resumed his own command, I returned to my regiment. Some time past the middle of the afternoon when General Sickles, commanding the Third Corps marched from his position on the Ridge, out through the peach orchard endeavoring to occupy the high ground along the Emmetsburg Pike, where Longstreet stru
ning the spring campaign approached the re-organization of the Army of the Potomac into three corps caused many changes in divisions and brigades. In the case of Gibbon's Division, which retained its number as Second Division, Second Corps,—the Third Brigade, of which the Nineteenth Massachusetts formed a part, was consolidated wion, in the presence of the commander-in-chief. The many generals present, including Lieut. Gen. Grant, and Generals Meade, Hancock, Humphreys, Warren, Sedgwick, Gibbon and Sheridan, expressed much satisfaction with the admirable discipline and perfect construction of both regiments. After the Nineteenth Massachusetts had beenular army he had never seen the proficiency of the Nineteenth Massachusetts regiment in the manual of arms equalled. After the drill General Grant dined with General Gibbon, the division commander. The day had been perfect, but the parade ground was very rough. After these events the monotonous life of the camp was not broken
Waitt, Ernest Linden, History of the Nineteenth regiment, Massachusetts volunteer infantry , 1861-1865, Chapter 37: the Wilderness Campaign. (search)
, the reader of his work is led to believe that the Brigade was held in reserve. Owing to the nature of the ground over which the charge was made, and the confusion, and mixing up of the different Brigades, and the mist, he no doubt lost trace of Webb's command for a time. He says: On the Union side the confusion had become extreme. The long lines formed for the assault had insensibly converged as the salient was reached, and were heaped upon one another. Carroll and Owen's brigades of Gibbon's (the Second) division, which was formed in reserve, had been caught by the wild excitement of the charge, and, dashing forward to the front, struggled even past some of the leading troops (First Division, Second Corps) and entered the Confederate works on Stewart's Line, almost at the same moment with the brigades of Mills and Brooks. But, notwithstanding General Walker's omission, the First Brigade went forward, and the commanding officer and a number of the men actually entered the s
Waitt, Ernest Linden, History of the Nineteenth regiment, Massachusetts volunteer infantry , 1861-1865, Chapter 38: the North Anna battles. (search)
resumed and continued until 12 P. M., going over some 25 miles. This brought them to the first line of the enemy's works before Petersburg, which had been taken by the colored troops under General Hinks and the Eighteenth Army Corps. Here they rested for the night. At sundown of the following day they engaged the enemy for about two hours. At 6 P. M. of the 17th, the regiment charged the works, with no casualties, but were eventually repulsed. During the day Generals Grant, Hancock and Gibbon rode along the line. List of men of the Nineteenth Massachusetts regiment, killed in action or died of wounds, since leaving its camp at Stevensburg, May 3 to June 11, 1864. Killed: May 6th.Corp. George W. Cain, Co. B. Priv. Thomas F. Costello, Co. G. Priv. Redford Dawes, Co. G. Priv. Bernard Dame, Co. G. May 10th.Priv. Charles Smith, Co. A. Priv. George E. Breed, Co. C. (Shell wound in head, Priv. Horatio Fellows, Co. C. died May 13th, 1864.) Priv. John A. Clark
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