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17th Vermont Infantry

Friendly Fire

Lieutenant George W. Kingsbury of company F, Seventeenth Infantry, was severely wounded while on picket on the night of May 15th, by a soldier of the Sixth New Hampshire, who mistook him for a rebel; and was discharged on account of his wound in October following. (Benedict, Vermont in the Civil War, ii:504)

During the battle of Baton Rouge - "Major Holbrook, [Seventh Vermont Infantry], hearing the firing [of the pickets], hurried to the spot and rode through and beyond his own picket line without knowing it till he was halted and fired on by the enemy. Turning back he was fired on again by the Union pickets; but the darkness prevented any accurate aim and he received no injury." (Benedict, Vermont in the Civil War, ii:25)

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