There are no known copyright restrictions in the United States on the use of the text. Indeed, so constantly Tvas it on the march, from one point to another, that it ■came to be familiarly known as " The Trotting Twelfth." The history which the committee has prepared is a com- posite one. French's division was represented by the brigades of Kimball, Anderson and Palmer; Hancock's by the brigades of Zook, Meagher and Caldwell. while taking new position at the rear of the town being observed by the rebels drew their fire, but not until the advance of French's and Han- cock's divisions did we fully realize the situation. The money was raised by the com- pany, and the articles were purchased by J. These were also brought on from Rhode Island by Mr.
While the Second and Ninth Corps crossed the upper pontoons and were now occupy- ing the city, the First and Sixth corps, under Franklin, had crossed at the lower bridge and were moving int O' position where shelter could be found from the artillery fire of the rebels. The Minnesota lay one and one- half miles below us.
RHODE ISLAND VOLUNTEERS 35 Our regiment was massed in Sturgis's division, which was com- posed of two brigades ; General Nagle's containing the Sixth, and Ninth New Hampshire, the Seventh and Twelfth Rhode Island, the Forty-eighth Pennsylvania and the Second Maryland; Gen- eral Ferrero's containing the TWenty-flrst and Thirty-flfth Mas- sachusetts, the Eleventh New Hampshire, the Fifty-first Penn- sylvania and the Fifty-first New York. Judging from her appearance and reputation, when called upon again she doubtless would have been able to give a good account of herself.
Each contributor has in his own way related the experiences, and characterized the services rendered by the regiment from his own standpoint, and has added yiii PBEPACE thereto such personal incidents and reminiscences as seemed to him pertinent and proper in connection there- with. Kimball's brigade led, while the whole force in turn moved rapidly to the assault. Then came the roar of artillery marking the time, when, moving from the shelter of the town, they encountered the murderous fire from the enemy so strongly entrenched along the heights, supplemented by the sharp cracking of rifles and musketry, as rebel regiments and sharpshooters in advance of their main defences put in their deadly work. Clarke who had just returned to his regiment after an absence of two weeks.
That there will be more or less repetition in a his- tory thus made up is evident. The falling back of these advance regiments to position behind RHODE ISLAND VOLUNTEERS 37 the stone wall along the sunken road (a veritable fortress in itself) aided by subsequent re-enforcements finding place and j Mjsition there, enabled them to pour a continuous flre upon the advancing columns of the Union army, the most destructive re- corded in history. Sturgis received orders to support General Couch, and, accordingly, commenced moving a portion of his division towards the upper rear of the town and to the front, sheltering his troops in a measure under cover of fences, houses, etc. The camp of the Twelfth Rhode Island was conceded to be the finest looking on the grounds.
Books of special value and gift books, when the giver wishes it, are not allowed to circulate. HISTORY OF The Twelfth Regiment Rhode Island Volunteers THE CIVIL WAR 1862-1863 Prepared by a Committee of the Survivors, IN 1901-4 Snow & Farnham, Printers and Publishers Providence, R. Probably few regiments covered more miles on foot, ■during the same length of time, than did the Twelfth. Ballou 180 PART THIRD Memories and Memoranda of the Twelfth Rhode Island Regiment in General and Company B in Particu- lar. In the meanwhile General Sumner with his staff took position at the Lacy House, from which he could have a full view of the movements of his division in the assault upon the heights. that General Meade's opportunity came to pierce the rebel line, gaining a decided advantage on the left. Wednesday, the 25th, the Ninth Army Corps, here encamped, passed in review before General Dix.
Readers are asked to re- port all cases of bool^ marked or mutilated. I Cornell University j) Library The original of tiiis book is in tine Cornell University Library. I- The Committee appointed to prepare this History con- sisted of the following named members of the Regiment, viz. Notably, during the spring and summer of 1863, although footsore and sweltering under a tropical sun, the regiment, scarcely without rest, was chasing the ubiquitous guerilla Morgan up and down the State of Kentucky to head off his threatened raids across the Ohio. 163 Reminiscences op the Twelfth Rhode Island Volun- teers — From Falmouth to Kentucky. At this juncture French's division was ordered in by General Sumner to be followed and supported by Hancock. Saturday, March the 14th, we took part in a sword presenta- tion, — Company F presenting its captain with a beautiful sword, revolver, and sword belt, etc. Our second lieutenant, who had lately received his commis- sion and assignment to Company F, was also presented with sword, sword belt, revolver, cap, etc., from kind friends at home. 231 xn CONTENTS PART FOURTH Reminiscences of Service with the Twelfth Rhode Island Volunteers. This line, the Sec- ond Corps, General Couch on the right, and Willcox's, the Ninth, on the left, extended from the Mary Washington monument, at the upper end of the town, to Deep Run, beyond the lower end, there connecting with Franklin's divisions. infantry was heavily engaged, and Meade assaulted the hill. However, we had faith to think that the enemy would finally be obliged to yield to the irresist- ible force of our army, and patiently waited the appointed time that would bring sorrow, shame, and defeat to the enemy, and crown our arms with victory. The Galena, which will be remembered as taking part in the attack upon Fort Darling, lay in the bay op- posite us. 237 Recollections of Service in the Twelfth Regiment Rhode Island Volunteers. Oscar Lapham 261 Verses Read at the Annual Reunion of the Twelfth Rhode Island Volunteers at Rockx Point^ Aug. By Erastus Richardson 279 The Lamentations of the Chaplain of the Twelfth Rhode Island Volunteers. Directly across the street, distant from us one hundred and fifty feet or thereabouts, and along the river front, the Irish Brigade, so-called, commanded by Gen. It was assigned to French's and Hancock's divisions of the Second Corps, and Sturgis's division of the Ninth, to move across the open fields in the rear of the town and attack the heights. General Han- cock the centre, and General Sturgis the left. Through the interposition of a merciful Providence it was postponed for the time being. In front of us were a few craft whose general appearance be- spoke their calling.Grant, of Company F, who kept a daily record of the doings of the regiment while it was in the service, and who was therefore specially qualified for the task which the committee assigned to him. Fourth United States Artillery, which took position on a bluff to the left and front of a brick kiln at the left of the rail- road. The regiment had improved greatly, being well fed, clothed, and finely equipped.I feel sure that the diligence and care with which he has performed his task will be highly appreciated by all of his comrades, and also that the product of his assiduous labors will be both inter- esting and useful to the general reader. Under cover of this battery Ferrero moved forward, gal- lantly checking the advance of the enemy, forcing them back with heavy loss. Beside the regular army ration in abundance here, we will not forget the ranch just outside the limits of our camp, at which place the sons and daughters of Ham built up a flourishing trade with the boys.For special pur- poses they are given out for a limited time. This fact is well illustrated in many of the trying vicissitudes related in the following history, but perhaps in no one of them more signally than in the famous march of the regiment from Nicholasville to James- town, Kentucky, a distance of fully one hundred miles, which it made in six days under a broiling sun and over dusty roads. It was just nine o'clock when Meade moved from his position near the Bernard House ; crossing the ravine which comes down from the hills dividing the Bernard and Smithfield estates and continuing on to the old Richmond road, was then obliged to 36 HISTORY OF THE TWELFTH REGIMENT halt, and wait for his artillery to pass, while the pioneers then under fire from the enemy's batteries, bridged ditches, cut away hedges, etc., thus enabling the artillery to reach assigned posi- tion, where, on a knoll to the left of the First Brigade, the gun- ners, here having a good view of the rebel batteries across the plain, opened on the enemy. We instinctively grasped our muskets with a firmer hand as hurriedly past our line from the right a messenger descends the slope in front of us, approaches General Meagher, delivers his message, urging his horse to greater speed as, turning away, he retraced his course. His men, with sober, de- termined faces, all attention: a brief address, they fall into line, the general turning his horse leads the way. In the night it snowed, and the follow- ing morning it rained again, continuing through the day.