Image from page 335 of “Story of the service of Company E [electronic resource]: and the Twelfth Wisconsin Regiment, Veteran Volunteer Infantry, in the War of the Rebellion : beginning with September 7th, 1861, and ending with July 21st, 1865” (1893)
Title: Story of the service of Company E [electronic resource]: and the Twelfth Wisconsin Regiment, Veteran Volunteer Infantry, in the War of the Rebellion : beginning with September 7th, 1861, and ending with July 21st, 1865
Year: 1893 (1890s)
Authors: Rood, Hosea W. (Hosea Whitford), 1845-1933
Subjects: United States. Army. Wisconsin Infantry Regiment, 12th (1861-1865)
Publisher: Milwaukee, Wis. : Swain & Tate Co.
Contributing Library: Emory University, Robert W. Woodruff Library
Digitizing Sponsor: Emory University, Robert W. Woodruff Library
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es Miles, of Company B, was wounded atthis time on the picket, or skirmish, line. It was plain enough to us all that something serious wasabout to happen, and it is my recollection that we all felt, justa little serious. Captain Gillispie had the one or two spadesthat belonged with the company brought forward and put touse in building breast-works. Some of the fallen trunks oftrees lying about were laid up in the fashion of a backwoodsfarmers straight log fence, and a ditch was begun on our sideof the fence, the earth that was removed being thrown overon the side toward the enemy. Our spade or two were doingpretty quick work; a man would seize a spade and shovel fordear life for a tninute, the captain keeping time, and thenanother man would dig his minute, and so on in turn. Theother companies were doing much the same thing, and wesoon had a good line of works well under way. While this was going on, Billy Stevens, our Commis-sary Sergeant, came along the line bringing orders from the
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WILLIAM C. STEVENS, 1st LIEUT. COMPANY C. 807 Colonel. We heard him say, Captain, we move forwardin an hour. Gillispies only remark was. Men, throwdown those spades ! We knew pretty well what ■ moving forward meant. Wewere to charge the enemy on the hill in our front, for thepurpose of taking his line of works. We had been in the service nearly three years, -set we hadbeen so favored by circumstances that we had never beforebeen called upon to make a deadly charge upon the enemysworks; and so an entirely new experience lay just before us. It was seven oclock. I think, when these orders came tous, and the charge was to be made at eight. I think it iseasier going into battle when it comes on at once, and one ishurled almost before he knows it into the very thickest of thefight. When one has an hour to think it all over, he is besetwith all sorts of conflicting emotions. He knows that manymen must be killed outright, that many others must be sowounded as to lie a long time dying, while
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