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1864 Report

Appendix C

In the Field near Spotsylvania C. H., Va.,
May 11, 1864

Peter T. Washburn,
Adjutant and Inspector General.

Sir: -- I herewith forward you a list of casualties of this Brigade at the battle of the Wilderness, May 5th, 6th and 7th. There has been fighting every day since, and the Brigade has been more or less engaged every day, but the casualties of the two first days were much the heaviest. The whole number of casualties at the present time is 1,363. It is with a sad heart that I inform you of so great a loss of Vermont's noble sons, but it is with a certain pride that I assure you there are no dishonorable graves. The Brigade has met the enemy in his strong holds, -- attacked him under murderous fire, and in the very face of death, -- has repulsed, with great slaughter, repeated and vigorous attacks upon our lines, and on no occasion has it disgracefully turned its back to the foe. The flag of each Regiment, though pierced and tattered, still flaunts in the face of the foe, and noble bands of veterans, with thinned ranks and but few officers to command, still stand by them; and they seem determined to stand so long as there is a men to bear their flag aloft, or an enemy in the field.

I will forward you a list of subsequent casualties, and a full account of each day's engagement as soon as possible. This is the seventh day of fighting, and the end is not yet.

I am, General,
Very respectfully your obedient servant,
Commanding Brigade