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In The Ranks

From the Wilderness to Appomattox Court House

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Author: R.E. McBride
Published: 1881
Language: English
Wordcount: 48,217 / 145 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 73.3
LoC Categories: CT, E
Downloads: 558
Added to site: 2010.01.26 26459
Genres: War, Biography

The war, as seen and experienced by a private soldier in the army of the Potomac.

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lags of nine rebel regiments on the flank and rear. He at once reported to the colonel. Orders were given to fall back, the intention being to hew a way out through the enemy. At this point my brother fell. Having just loaded his gun as the command was given to move toward the rear, he paused to give a parting shot. A bullet struck him in the face, penetrating the brain, and he fell dead.

The regiment, hemmed in on every side by overwhelming numbers, with one-fourth of their number killed or wounded, at last surrendered. Company D lost eight men, killed, in this engagement, besides a number mortally wounded or permanently disabled. Of the former was Jasper Dodds, who was wounded in the knee by a rifle ball. After being removed to Richmond, he wrote a cheerful letter to his mother and friends at home, no doubt expecting to recover. He died July 18th. Jacob Baiers, then sergeant, afterwards promoted to captain, was shot through the lungs, and never wholly recovered. He continued in service, however, unti



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