The Story of a Regiment: Being a Narrative of the Service of the Second Regiment, Minnesota Veteran Volunteer Infantry, in the Civil War of 1861-1865

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Npbl., 1890 - Civil war - 256 pages
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Page 203 - The importance of possessing the log house, stable, and corn-crib becoming apparent, companies A, B, C, and D of the Ninth Ohio were ordered to flank the enemy upon the extreme left and obtain possession of the house. This done, still the enemy stood firm to his position and cover. During this time the artillery of the enemy constantly overshot my brigade. Seeing the superior number of the enemy and their bravery...
Page 256 - May last, and on the 2d instant, in reference to the islands of Morteritos and Sabinitos, in the Rio Grande, of which Mexico has been in possession for the reason that she considered them as an integral part of her territory, I have the honor to inform you that I have this day received from the department of foreign relations of Mexico various documents showing the rights of Mexico to the said islands. I inclose a copy of the principal ones of these documents and of a drawing which was sent as an...
Page 203 - Ohio to charge the enemy's position with the bayonet and turn his left flank. The order was given the regiment to empty their guns and fix bayonets. This done, it was ordered to charge. Every man sprang to it with alacrity and vociferous cheering. The enemy seemingly prepared to resist it, but before the regiment reached him the lines commenced to give way — but few of them stood, perhaps ten or twelve. This broke the enemy's flank, and the whole line gave way in great confusion, and the whole...
Page 207 - ... horses and mules ; a large amount of commissary stores, intrenching tools, and camp and garrison equipage, fell into our hands. A correct list of all the captured property, will be forwarded as soon as it can be made up and the property secured. The steam and...
Page 141 - Our line established, we made it so uncomfortable for the enemy that at night they abandoned their position, drawing back to a new fortified line with Kenesaw Mountain as the centre and key point, and extending from it east and southeast, and west and southwest, covering Marietta and the railroad from there to Atlanta.
Page 141 - Baird's division, in a comparatively open field, put forth a heavy skirmish-line, which continued such a rapid fire of rifles as to keep down a corresponding hostile line behind its well-constructed trenches, while the picks and shovels behind the skirmishers fairly flew, till a good set of works was made four hundred yards off and parallel to the enemy's.
Page 113 - Hardly had a lodgment in the works been gained when the enemy's reserves made a furious counter-attack upon our men, yet in confusion. This attack was promptly met by a charge en masse by the crowd, which, after a few minutes of desperate hand-to-hand fighting, cleared the ridge, leaving the place in our undisputed possession, with some 200 or 300 prisoners.
Page 32 - ... The rain had now ceased, but the air was loaded with mist and smoke, and the underbrush in our part of the field was so thick that a man was hardly visible a musket's length away. Suddenly the Second's lines came against a rail fence with an open field in front, and a line of the enemy's troops was dimly seen through the mist some twenty or thirty rods distant in the field. The firing commenced immediately, and in a few minutes the enemy's line just mentioned had disappeared. It was, in fact,...
Page 206 - Kenny's battery was placed in position on the extreme left at Russell's house, from which point he was directed to fire on their ferry, to deter them from attempting to cross. On the following morning Captain Wetmore's battery was ordered to Russell's house, and assisted with his Parrott guns in firing upon the ferry.
Page 205 - Kentucky, which was the only entire regiment then engaged. I then rode forward myself to see the enemy's position, so that I could determine what disposition to make of my troops as they arrived. On reaching the position held by the Fourth Kentucky, Tenth Indiana and Wolford's cavalry, at a point where the roads fork leading to Somerset, I found the enemy advancing through a...

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