The Fourth Massachusetts Cavalry

in the Closing Scenes of the War for the Maintenance of the Union, from Richmond to Appomatox

Language: English
Wordcount: 8,452 / 32 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 68.7
LoC Category: E
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Added to site: 2010.04.14
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Genres: History, War
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he case in this instance. The color sergeant, a gallant soldier from Hingham by the name of Thomas Hickey, had carried the standard through the hottest of the battle. At the last moment, seeing that it was impossible to save it from capture except by destroying it, he managed to elude the enemies who were closing in upon him, and putting spurs to his horse, flew toward a hut which he had observed in the woods, and threw himself from his charger just as he reached it, with his foes close upon him. Rushing it, he thrust his precious battle flag into a fire which was blazing on the hearth. The painted silk flashed up in flame, and by the time that his pursuers broke in, it was ashes!

His life was spared in consideration of his devoted bravery, and he subsequently received a commission from the Governor of the Commonwealth, in recognition of his heroic deed.

The losses of the Confederates in this action were at least a half greater in number than Washburn's whole force. By their own report, there we

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