The Ninth regiment, New York volunteers (Hawkins' zouaves); being a history of the regiment and veteran association from 1860 to 1900

 
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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. 1900 Excerpt: ...opened and troops were being hurried forward to the front while the Ninth was ordered to rest. All hands were soon sound asleep, and continued so until 2 P.m., when, after a cup of good coffee they were ordered forward in the direction of the firing which had become exceedingly brisk. Fording a small stream at the foot of South Mountain they filed into a narrow and rocky road leading to the summit, and while passing up the steep ascent met a stream of wounded men being transported rapidly to the rear. Working their way steadily up the mountain and also moving obliquely to the left to extend the line in that direction, they met with little opposition until nearing the position assigned them, when suddenly a rebel battery opened fire most vigorously. This did not check them in the least or cause any damage, the battery being situated so far above them on the top of the mountain that the enemy was unable to depress his guns to any marked degree but was obliged to fire straight ahead out into the "wide world," the shells exploding so far above the regiment that few casualties REPULSING A CHARGE. resulted. The firing ceased shortly after and the position was gained without further opposition. This cessation it was afterward learned was due to a charge made by an Ohio Brigade (the nth, 12th, and 23d Regiments), which compelled the battery to limber up and hastily withdraw and also temporarily clearing that part of the line of the rebel infantry. Battery E, 4th U. S. Artillery, occupied the position vacated by the rebel battery, and the "Ninth" moved into line to its support. Being on the extreme left of the army, the brigade was formed like the letter L, the Ninth being the base line, while the 103d and 89th New York were formed at right angle...

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