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it to the field. For discipline and courage it has been equaled by few,
surpassed by none of the regiments with which I have served. It is
now very much reduced in numbers, and will be still further reduced by
the expiration of the term of service of the men. I know of no pros-
pect of it receiving recruits. It seems to me that it would be a great
misfortune that such a regiment should disappear, for I believe that
one man placed ill it and imbued with its spirit would be of more value
than two men placed in many regiments, even among those which are
called good. I earnestly desire that an effort should be made to fill its
ranks, and for that purpose I recommend that Col. F. A. Osborn be
detailed to proceed to Massachusetts to confer with the local authori-
ties and take such means to procure men as he may find to be best.
I have the honor to be, very respectfully, your obedient servant,
A. H. TERRY,
Brevet Major-General, Commanding.
HEADQUARTERS FIRST DIVISION, TENTH ARMY CORPS,
Before Richmond, Va., October 16, 1864.
Col. H. M. PLAISTED,
Commanding Third Brigade :
COLONEL : The brigadier-general commanding directs that you throw
up a new line of works from the right flank of the redan you are now
working on to the angle in front of the One hundredth NeW York Vol-
unteers, thereby cutting off the salient at the road which passes out at
your front. You will leave a roadway as at present, using your own
judgment in the work.
I am, colonel, very respectfully, your obedient servant,
CHAS. A. CARLETON,
Captain and Assistant Adjutant-General.
HEADQUARTERS THIRD DIVISION, TENTH ARMY CORPS,
In the Field, Va., October 16, 1864.
Col. JAMES SHAW, Jr.,
Commanding Seventh U. S. Colored Troops :
COLONEL : I am directed by the brigadier-general commanding to call
your attention to the following extract from your report of the oper-
ations of your command on the 29th of September last:*
I was then directed by the general commanding to form "in right into line" on the
right of the road and in a direction oblique to it, a slight descent in the ground
partially covering the line, then to charge and take an earth-work some three-
quarters of a mile in our front. Before the line was formed this order was counter-
manded, and I was directed to send out four companies as skirmishers for the same
The brigadier-general commanding has no recollection of having coun-
termanded the order first mentioned by you. The only subsequent order
from him was given you by Captain Bailey, his assistant adjutant-
general. Captain Bailey made a memorandum. The following is a
The general commanding directs you to advance with your whole force and attack
the work in your front, which is firing. You will throw forward four companies of
your command as skirmishers.
".See Part I, p. 772.