War Papers Volume 2

War Papers Volume 2

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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. 1902 edition. Excerpt: ...section. Private Ligal brained with a rammer head a Confederate who tried to capture him. The statistics at the War Department show that, with the single exception of a battery captured by a sudden charge at Iuka, Miss., it sustained heavier losses than any other light battery in any single engagement of the whole war. We fell back by the "Wheat-field," in which, standing waist deep in the beautiful, yellow grain, the blue strongly contrasting, was the Regular Division--General Ayres commanding, --dealing sledge hammer blows. It was moving through the Wheatfield in column of battalions, closed en masse, but marching as steadily as though upon parade. They were delivering volleys from the front line, and the contrast with the tall, yellow grain, so soon to be trampled by the succeeding columns, was very striking and a scene never to be forgotten. Ayres had struck the enemy in flank as they were closely following our change of front through the woods, had doubled them up, and driven them back, but was in turn out-flanked. A large body of the enemy had gained his right rear, and facing about as we passed, he fought his way through and into our lines before dark, with a loss of more than half his force. Colonel Sherwin, commanding the 22d, was seen to fall on his knees just after crossing the low stone wall (now standing, near the small group of houses just north, built since the war), as though shot through the body. Several sprang forward to assist him; but he immediately rose to his feet; a bullet had passed through his clothing and grazed his breast, without wounding him, but causing shock enough to knock him down. We halted at the foot and on the north-west slope of Little Round Top. Eustis' Brigade of the Sixth Corps had...show more

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  • Paperback | 120 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 6mm | 227g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236918541
  • 9781236918543