Near Fredericksburg, Va., December 16, 1862
The 1st Vermont Brigade has again participated in action - and again distinguished itself for gallantry and courage.
They lay on the South bank of the Rappahannock, and though unsuccessful in the results of the fight, or partially so, behaved as well as men could. The 2d and 4th suffered most, losing about equally. Enclosed is a list of casualties in the 4th.
Killed, 11 Wounded, 43 Missing, 2
One of the missing has been brought in to us, by the enemy, probably Corporal Bigelow, Co. A.
I was not with the regiment during all the action, as I had just returned from Washington. They were commanded by Lieut. Col. Foster, who behaved most nobly, as did all the officers and men, no only of the 4th, but the whole Brigade. they were commanded by Col. Whiting.
My colors were completely riddled with cannister and musket balls, scarcely hanging together. The top of the staff, upon which is a brass eagle, was shot away by canister, but saved, and brought away.
The color bearer behaved finely, and when wounded, Corporal Shay, of Company "B," took the colors, and carried them. Two were wounded in the 4th by a shell.With much respect, Your obedient servant, CHARLES B. STOUGHTON, Colonel 4th Vt. Infantry. Peter T. Washburn, Adjutant and Inspector General, State of Vermont.