A History of the Second Regiment, New Hampshire Volunteer Infantry, in the War of the Rebellion

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General Books, 2012 - 362 pages
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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1896 edition. Excerpt: ...closely hugging the ground and biding with the stoical philosophy of veterans the time when they could "get in their work." As they lay, the foliage of the peach orchard screened from their view everything in front of the battery, but an officer would occasionally saunter out to the guns to take in the situation. First Sergt, John P. Stone, Co. A. Killed at Gettysburg, July 2, 1863. He was from Swanzey, and the original eighth corporal of the company. There were lulls in the artillery firing, but Ames gave the rebels the best he had whenever they became too demonstrative. Other Union batteries could be seen at work, both to the left of the peach orchard and along the Emmitsburg road, but the interest of the Second was centered upon Ames. The regiment, from its position, caught a good share of the missiles hurled at the battery, and many men were hit; the wounds being mostly of the horrible character incident to artillery work. Several cartridge boxes were exploded. A shell struck and burst on the box of Corporal Thomas Bignall, of Company C. The cartridges were driven into his body and fired, and for nearly half a minute the devilish "musket shells" issued at Washington were exploding in his quivering form. But death was mercifully quick. The next moment a fragment of shell explored the cartridge box of Sergeant James M. House, of Company I. The rapidity with which he tore off the infernal machine hanging by his side was astonishing, and he escaped with only a severe wound. John A. Barker, of Company C, here received a notable wound, necessitating a trephine of the skull. The case is recorded in the "Medical and Surgical History of the War," and the piece of bone removed is now in the Army and Navy Medical Museum, at...

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