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almost inevitable capture. In view of these probable consequences, there was no secondary battle of the war of more importance than that of New Market.”
Gen. Sigel attributes his defeat to that the fact that the 28th and the 116th Ohio did not come up in time to take part in the contest, and adds: “But better fighting was never done than * * * by the 54th Pennsylvania under Col. Campbell.”
The following were the casualties in Capt. Suter's Company A. 54th Penna. Volunteers, at New Market, Va., May 15, 1864;
Killed: James F. Allen, shot through the head, was the first man killed on the line of battle. He was buried by the Confederates. Isaac N. Clark, of Johnstown; killed on the battle line. David Finley, of Somerset. The men in the line were kneeling or lying on the ground. Finley was beside Capt. Decker; he arose to take observations and was implored to kneel or get down; he said he saw an officer that he could get, took aim, fired and said; “I did it.” At that moment a bullet struck him in the forehead and he fell dead. Newton Griffith of Ebensburg, had been wounded in the shoulder, and said to his comrades, “look what they did to me.” He was advised to go to the rear, but replied; “not till I pay them.” Within a few minutes he was killed.
Hiram Smith, Corporal, from Johnstown, was mortally wounded. William Price and John McBride tried to get him off the field but were forced to leave him.
Wounded: Sergeant John B. McClellan, William Lindsey, Corporal D. G. McCullough, John W. Thomas, William H. Carroll, Thomas G. Williams, Jacob R. Callihan, Eleazer Davis, James F. Howard, Thomas Williams, Charles Houck, John Hissong, James James.
John Jones was captured, but was exchanged, November 26, 1864. Robert H. Finley was also captured there but effected his escape within two or three days. Jacob Hutzell, captured, died in prison, date unknown. Isaac D. Schnabley, captured, died at Andersonville, (Ga.) prison, September 18, 1864. Grave No. 9,119. John W. Thomas, who was wounded, was captured and died at Danville, (Va.) prison, January 5, 1865.
The following was Col. Campbell's report of the battle: Hdqrs., Fifty-Fourth Regiment, Pennsylvania Infantry.
Camp near Cedar Creek, Va., May 18, 1864.Col. Joseph Thoburn, Commanding Second Brigade, First Infantry Division, Department of West Virginia:
Colonel: I have the honor to submit the following report of the part taken by the Fifty-fourth Regiment Pennsylvania Volunteers in the recent engagement near New Market on the 15th instant: