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History of Cambria County, V.2

250 HISTORY OF CAMBRIA COUNTY.
falling, shot in the breast. My friend, James More, fell, shot through both legs; Geo. Geddes was shot in the leg; Heiser and Jackson tried to get him off, but we suppose they are all prisoners, if alive. The following named are wounded and in the hospital: George Markle, severely; John M. Barclay, severely; Jacob Hess, flesh wound; Palmer and Hill, slightly; Jacob Ottinger, slightly and missing. John McCurdy had the letter K on his cap shot off; Sawyer, Lowman and Wright had bullet holes in their clothes; Gardner had his gun and cartridge box knocked off with a piece of a shell; a large shell fell within 15 feet of me, but did not explode; many of their shells did not explode; they fired pieces of railroad iron and slugs of all kinds.
    Our division was in the center of the extreme left. Doubleday's division was on the left. Saw Patch and others bring in rebel prisoners. The sights during and after the battle were terrible and heartrendering. I have not the heart to attempt to describe it, and, in fact, did not see any of which I could avoid, but look where we would, we would see the dead and wounded carried off the field, some of them frightfully wounded, and could hear their agonizing cries; I saw several poor fellows buried, wrapped in their blankets, with the name marked on the grave, but it is impossible to realize the horrors of a great battle field.
    Sabbath, 14. Hartzell and I visited the hospitals to see after our boys; skirmishing going on all day; a little cannonading. Met George Glass; at night we could hear the rebels chopping trees and strengthening their fortifications; we expected they would attack and try to drive us in the river, but did not.
    Monday, 15. In the afternoon we were ordered to take all the wounded on the other side of the river, which was the first suspicion we were going to retreat. A flag of truce was accepted to bury the dead between 1 and 4 p. m. About 8 we started to cross the river with the entire army; no talking loud; guns reversed; pontoons taken up before daylight; John McCurdy helped me across about 8 o'clock; it is very wet tonight.
    Tuesday, 16. Routed out at daylight and marched about 4 miles and camped in woods; roads very muddy. Marbourg and Osborne joined us here.
    Thursday, 18. In same place; we have very poor quality of water, and I hope we leave soon. We are about 4 miles from the Rappahannock; our division commander, Gen. Gibbons, was wounded; Capt. Marchand of Co. H is supposed to be killed; Lieut. Dilworth wounded; Capt. Smith of Co. C wounded; also Capt. Chapman of Co. I, who has died. Our regiment went in with 625 men, and lost over 100; our brigade lost heavily.
    Friday, 19. Kiernan joned us today; at 9 we started on a 12-mile march, and camped in the edge of woods; we slept on our arms, without tents; the night was very cold.


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