Services with Colored Troops in Burnside's Corps

Services with Colored Troops in Burnside's Corps

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1894 edition. Excerpt: ...the earth, closed the scene, and the battle of Williamsburg was ended. Halting thus upon the edge of the battlefield, our horses were unhitched from the guns; the men, soaked with rain, hungry, and overcome with fatigue, laid down in the mire and slept. It was about midnight when I awoke, the rain had ceased, the sky was unclouded, and the moon, that never seemed brighter, cast upon us a most brilliant and welcome light. Arising from the bed I had made of a few fence rails, I went to a fire that I saw burning, around which sat a dozen or more men, some wounded, that belonged to Gibson's Battery, Third United States Artillery. This battery went into battle in echelon, on the main road, in front of Fort Magruder. It had become mired, was charged upon and captured by the enemy; was retaken, but it had to be abandoned, the guns having settled into the soft mud, so as to become immovable. I listened to their stories of the fight with intense interest, at the same time kept turning myself before the fire until my garments were quite dry. With the first streak of daylight Captain Randolph came to where we were standing, then walked through the battery, apparently anticipating an early order to move. The men soon got up from their muddy beds and commenced making fires by which to dry their clothing. Our haversacks having been fastened to the foot-boards of the gun carriages, coffee was made, which, with a few hard crackers, made a breakfast that refreshed and strengthened us all, and at sunrise Battery E was in harness, ready to move. It was expected the enemy would continue their retreat during the night; in fact our advance pickets who lay all night very close to Fort Magruder, heard them withdrawing their artillery, and as soon as it more

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  • Paperback | 90 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 5mm | 177g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 123697882X
  • 9781236978820