The Fifty-seventh Regiment of Massachusetts Volunteers in the war of the rebellion; Army of the Potomac

9781231095416: The Fifty-seventh Regiment of Massachusetts Volunteers in the war of the rebellion; Army of the Potomac

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 Excerpt: ...with a bomb-proof barrack across its gorge, and was garrisoned by the 29th Massachusetts who also extended along the curtain to Battery 12. It had about 125 muskets and was well led and officered. The writer was a captain in this regiment, and had been commissioned colonel, but was not mustered. Maj. Charles T. Richardson commanded the battalion, and several of the officers were on staff duty. The 100th Pennsylvania, about five hundred strong, commanded by LieutenantColonel Pentecost, a singularly brave and skilful officer of the highest personal character, was between Battery 12 and Fort Haskell, and the 3d Maryland Battalion, about two hundred strong, was on the left of Fort Haskell and connected with Harriman's First Brigade. The 59th Massachusetts, under Major Gould, was in an old line of works, in the rear of the main line, near Battery 13. There were field-pieces in Forts Stedman and Haskell, mortars in Battery 10 and Coehorns in Battery 12. The troops who served these were not under the brigade commander, but were controlled by Colonel Tidball, commanding Artillery Brigade, Ninth Army Corps. "The position in front of this brigade had been carefully reconnoitered and was considered fully defensible on both sides, except between Fort Stedman and Colquitt's salient. There McLaughlen believed a break could be made in the enemy's lines, and had submitted a plan for an attack at that point early in the year. Encouragement enough had been given to him to cause him to train a body of axemen for the pioneer service necessary. All the regiments were obliged to furnish their own fuel, and great quantities of timber were required for the repair of breastworks. Instead of occasional details for this work, each regiment selected several expert axemen and kept...

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