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some of the best men and most faithful soldiers in the regiment.
Our color-sergeant, Harrison Clark, was wounded in the leg (which
has since been amputated), but not until he had distinguished him-
self for bravery so much so as to receive from Lieutenant-Colonel
Myer assurance of promotion to a lieutenant for his courage. Pri-
vate Philip Brady, Company I, took up the colors when Sergeant
Clark fell, and was shot dead. These were finally brought from the
field by Corpl. C. S. Davis, of Company B. These are not the only
instances of courage displayed in this action.
We again took up the line of march on morning of May 8, march-
ing a few miles to Todd's Tavern, to the right of which we were
placed in line in the woods and built breast-works. There was skir-
mishing near us, but no general engagement. An order was read
to us on the a. m. of the 9th that the day was to be observed as a day
of rest by the army, but soon after orders came for us to fall in, and
we were moved out of the woods and a short distance to the left.
We lay here until afternoon, when we moved forward. Were under
fire while supporting Arnold's battery during the p. m. Toward
evening we crossed the Po River and marched until about midnight.
The regiment was moved to and fro all the morning of the 10th, and
about 1 p. m. was marched down and placed in line of battle. Some
breast-works had been thrown up directly and but a few feet in rear
of where the regiment was placed in line. These it occupied when
the rebels came rushing, with wild cries, through the woods in our
front, and firing commenced. We remained in the position fighting
fully an hour. We remained here after the line directly on our left
had broke, partly rallied and again broke, and until the woods to
our left took fire, which fire was sweeping rapidly toward us and
until orders came for us to fall back. Before retiring across the Po
River the regiment made a stand, Company D placing itself in front
of a section of Arnold's battery, which had become entangled in the
brush, and resisting the enemy until the guns were got off. All
credit is due to the commander of D Company for the valor he dis-
played on that occasion.
The regiment lost in this engagement some 15 men, including 1
commissioned officer,* namely, as follows. f
This engagement developed more clearly the courage and ability
of most of the line officers. The regiment was moved a short dis-
tance to the left on the night of the 10th, and was occupied build-
ing breast-works and skirmishing during the 11th, in which 1 man
was wounded. The regiment, with the corps, advanced through the
woods during the night of the 11th and occupied its appointed place
in the grand charge on the enemy's works of May 12. The regi-
ment contributed as its part of the bloody price paid for the grand
victory that followed this charge between 50 and 60 officers and
men, some of them marked for their courage and distinguished as
In this engagement Private Michael Burke,t of D Company, cap-
tured a rebel battle-flag.
Nothing of special interest occurred in connection with the regi-
* Capt. John Quay, wounded. t Nominal list omitted.
.A,warded medal of howl.,