HEADQUARTERS 4TH VERMONT VOLUNTEERS,
April 17, 1862.
GENERAL: I have the honor to submit the following report of the part of yesterday's operations enacted by my regiment:
Pursuant to your orders we formed ourselves within 200 yards of one of the enemy's forts, mounting two guns, about half past 7 o'clock a.m., separated from them by a brook dammed up, settling the water back so as to form an impassable pond. My skirmishers opened fire upon them with such effect as to prevent their cannoneers working their guns to much advantage. I remained in this position, making a diversion about 5 o'clock p.m. with four companies, pursuant to your order, until dark, losing in killed 2 and in wounded 10, including Capt. Atherton, of Company C, who behaved remarkably well, which I am happy to say the officers and men of my command all did without an exception.
The conduct of Lieut. acting Adjutant French in crossing the field twice in the hottest of the fire, in pursuance of orders given him, and in assisting in getting off the wounded, is particularly deserving of praise. I cannot speak too highly of Lieut. Bowen, of the Engineers, who came to us and assisted in getting the killed and wounded from the field, being the last to leave himself. This gratuitous act of kindness is most highly appreciated by the regiment, and I should feel thankful if in your report you should see fit to mention him.
I remain, very respectfully,
Your obedient servant,
E. H. STOUGHTON,
Col. 4th Vt. Regiment
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