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lying at its western verge and facing the enemy. Just at this moment one of those peculiar critical situations in a great battle occurred, not often but occasionally : The whole line lay for a long time quiet, responding at brief intervals with random shots to the skirmish firing of the enemy in front. Suddenly, to our right was heard a loud cheer. It was the cavalry charging. Simultaneously we received the order to charge, and with shout and cheer the whole line rushed out of the verge of the woods into the open field beyond, and though many fell and many stopped through exhaustion, the line kept on driving the rebels before them and not suffering them to rally till they were driven in complete rout and confusion far beyond Winchester and the night was fast closing in. Two days afterwards the 54th composed a portion of the force that moved steadily along the side of South (or North) Mountain, outflanked the rebels at Fisher's Hill, and then with an irresistible charge swept down on their left flank, driving them from their guns and almost annihilated their army. The regiment took part in the chase of the retreating, following them up the Valley as far as Harrisonburg, and with the balance of the force then returned to Kearnstown, and went into what was thought to be and hoped to be winter quarters.
    This sketch of the part borne by the regiment in the campaign of 1864 is necessarily brief. To have related all the incidents that occurred – all the skirmishes in which the regiment participated and all the minute details connected with the skirmishes – would swell these papers to an inordinate length. It is intended to be only a brief sketch.

    (Oct. 18, 1905, this interesting article, without date or the purpose of its preparation, was copied from papers of the late Col. Linton, but it is presumed to have been prepared for some meeting of the regiment.)

    Corporal Frederick Sharrets Dysart, of Company A, of the 54th Regiment, was as good a soldier as ever entered the army. He was one of the surprised soldiers at Cedar Creek, where the entire regiment was scattered to such an extent that it would have been difficult to find three together.
    Shortly after the rout he met David R. Bryan on the pike northwest of Middletown with the colors of the regiment in his possession. He was much depressed by the defeat and said, “Let us rally the regiment here, right around our colors, because if we are beat Lincoln will not be re-elected.” The regiment did rally and by 4 o'clock in the afternoon it helped Sheridan to win the great victory and Lincoln was re-elected.
    Another instance of his patriotism took place at Bunker

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