Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Diary of Sergeant George G. Smith: June 10, 1863

At night, while the First Louisiana was sleeping, a charge was being made on the right and left of the rebel line at the same instant. The one on the right was made by the 90th and 191st New York and the 22nd Maine regiments. It was directly in front of our position. The troops undertook to creep through a ravine, full of fallen timber, in the darkness: but they were discovered by the rebels, who poured such a deadly fire into the fallen timber that the attempt had to be abandoned. Some of the soldiers crept into holes and remained there all day, and escaped in the night. Others crept back the same night to camp, but a few lay dead and wounded on the field. The charge on the left ended about the same way.

SOURCE: Abstracted from George G. Smith, Leaves from a Soldier's Diary, p. 68-9

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