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was anything more glorious than the behavior of the men. No campaign in the world ever saw a more gallant advance than Humphrey's men made there. But they were put to do a work than no men could do.

    Capt. W. B. Lowman, Company K, at Hamilton's Crossing. Col. Bayne's report:
December 17, 1862.
    * * * The part taken by my regiment in the battle of the 13th instant, on the southern bank of the Rappahannock river, near Fredericksburg. Va.:
    Agreeably to your orders (Gen. Lyle), I drew the regiment up in line of battle at 9 a.m. At 9:50 o'clock we made an advance. After having advanced about half way down the field of battle, the enemy threw a terrific storm of shell, grape and canister at us. We lay down upon the ground and remained in this position till 1 p. m., when we again advanced. There being none of our men in our front, we opened fire, and continued firing while advancing.
    We crossed the railroad and went into the wood, where we halted. We remained there until we exhausted our ammunition (60 rounds to each man), being under a direct and enfilading fire for two hours and forty minutes. Having no support on our left, we had to defend our position against a force which presented a front twice the length of our own, occupying a chosen position, protected by a dense wood and supported by a battery.
    Had we been properly supported by infantry and artillery, we could have held the wood, but we were compelled to retire for want of ammunition, which we did in good order.
    It would be invidious to mention individual cases of courage and bravery when all acted so nobly and heroically. A list of the casualties hereto subjoined will show the shock we had to withstand, and how we withstood it those who witnessed the engagement can best attest. None faltered, but all stood at their post of duty, and were loth to quit their position, even when they knew it was impossible to hold it longer. * * * Company officers stood up beside their men and offered every encouragement. It is with proud satisfaction I say both officers and men performed their whole duty.


    The failure of the Union cause at Fredericksburg was discouraging to the people of the north, but the remarkable telegram of congratulations from Mr. Lincoln to Gen. Burnside and his men did much to restore the confidence in our ultimate success. Cahncellorsville was the last great victory for the Confederates. It is true that from Bull Run to Chancellorsville the

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