August 2d, 1862
Messrs. Editors; Time drags slowly along, the watchword from the outer
lines comes to us "All is quiet!" This is the report that has gone out from
this department daily for months. It however comes with little better grace
at the present times than it did in the past when every day held out
inducements for this army to make a grand disturbance and save 15,000 of our
grave brethren in arms, for the maintenance of our cherished government,
upon the Peninsular in the gallant McClellan's army, who fell in the seven
Considering the position of the army when Gen'l Pope took command it is
not to be expected that much could be done immediately. the war spirit was
to be revived Brigades and divisions re-organized, which seems to be going
on rapidly. the fact of Gen'l Pope informing the anxious inquires for his
headquarters that they would be "in the field on horseback!" shows that the
work will soon commence.
There is one very important fact we would urge upon the young men at
home; the Union army needs reinforcing; we need the aid of all our old
companies schoolmates shop mates and associates, to help us in this great
work of reconstruction! Let not the love of your neighbors parlor and the
fascinating connections therewith, keep you at home; do not be afraid of the
enemies searching bullets; let none of these things keep you from aiding
your country and friends now in such imminent peril; come and occupy the
possessions we already hold; drill and discipline yourselves. And let the
veteran soldiers go on, and repossess, and subjugate. Lay aside for a time
your broad cloth and kids; bid farewell for a time to the home circle, the
pleasures of civil life, and answer to the call of your country, in the time
of its peril; her laws set at defiance; her flag insulted and dishonored ;
here forts bombarded; her merchantmen destroyed, and our own existence
threatened. Let the young men of our own "Woodland Home" prove their
patriotism by joining Capt. Jewett's company and rallying around the good
old flag and swearing to stand by it "till death doth them sever!"
Ponder upon these few lines, young men, and consider how you would like
to be placed in a position where you were threatened by two men of the enemy
equally well equipped with yourself and a collision liable to take place at
any moment. Let the time come, we will do our duty then if we fail let each
able man at home realize that it is his fault. The ranks of the sixth
Wisconsin Reg't will contain a large number of the little Badger's noble
sons. 490 of our Springfield's have been laid by in one short year; they lay
in the Arsenal idle for want to two arms to make three of each. the Second
And seventh are equally capable of holding the same number if not more
recruits. Pay no attention to what discharged soldiers say. They have been
laid upon the shelf, and we may be but let us try it, and let no man make up
his mind that he is unfit to serve his country! Hardships will stare you in
the face at every toad crossing and on every side, but you will soon get
used to that and it will make sport for you in old age, when your little
grand children shall cluster around you, to listed to the stories of
"struggles fierce and wild." Come, boys, turn out! join us in the tented
We see no reason why the 21st should not be filled up immediately; it has
been furnished with excellent officers to begin with; we have had a good
chance to acquaint ourselves with the soldierly qualities of Colonel B.J>
Sweet, he having had command of this regiment a great deal during the last
year. He is a gentlemen and a good officer.
Of Major Schumaker we can say that if he conducts himself in the same way
in his present position as he did in his captaincy, he will never have an
enemy in his regiment. He is willing to grant every man. The privilege of
retaining his rights as a man. Of Lieutenant col. Hobart, we know nothing of
his soldierly qualities, but as a man we can add no new evidence more than
every man knows of him, who ever had the pleasure of enjoying his
acquaintance. Many men in the ranks of our regiment have received commission
in the 21st.
So far as I know of them they are genial, clever fellows, and well qualified
for the position to which they are assigned.
The weather is beautiful days very warm nights cool. We are rallied out
be fore sunrise every morning form a line of battle, then come breakfast,
and at 7o'clock we get either brigade or battalion drill, at 9 o'clock
company drill. What think you of this ,ye "stay at home guards?" We
are on the frill ground four hours before you are up to read the morning
paper, and see what the night has brought forth.
The health of the army never was better than at the present time. Camp
fevers and "rheumatism!" occasionally make their appearance. Our boys are
all well and nothing short of commissions would induce them to leave their
Enough for this time
P.S.-Allow no apron strings to be thrown around those who can muster up
courage enough to enlist. Let the weak kneed ones be subjected to the
disgrace of a draft, and we predict they will be ere this war is drawn to a
close, and the supremacy of the United States laws, once more a fixed fact.
Official Report of Col. Cutler.
Correspondence of the Sentinel
HEADQUARTERS SIXTH REG'T WISCONSIN
VOLUNTEERS, Camp beyond Culpepper
court House, August 14, 1862
EDITORS SENTINEL:-Enclosed you will find a copy of col. cutler's report
of our late expedition.
We have since our arrival here, learned that Stuart, with a force of
3,500 cavalry passed over the country with six miles of us while we lay at
Walter's Tavern. If col. Sullivan had obeyed orders we would have bagged
We arrived here Tuesday, the same day Jackson skedaddled: as usual too
late for the fight though we did some tall marching to get here in time
marching form Fredericksburg in two days.
We start again in the morning to follow Jackson and I hope soon to be
able to send you something important.
We were reviewed to-day by General Pope. Yours respectfully
Ed P. Brooks,
Acting Adjutant Sixth Wis.
HEADQUARTERS SIXTH WIS REGIMENT
Camp Francis, Stafford Col, Va., Aug 9 , 1862
Capt. J. O. Wood, A. A. G., Gibbon's Brigade:
Sir:- In obedience to a verbal order evening by me from Gen. Gibbon on
the evening of the 4th inst., instructing me to move with my regiment,
Harris' Light Cavalry and a section of artillery, at two o'clock the next
morning, and endeavor to reach the railroad running from Richmond to
Gordonsville, and to destroy the same, I moved from my camp at the time
indicated by him.
At Fredericksburg I was joined by a section of the First N. H. Battery,
under Lieut Engel, and after marching cut on the plank road, about five
miles, was joined by eight companies of the Harris' Light Cavalry, commanded
by col. Davis. I then turned over the immediate command of my regiment to
Lieut. col. Bragg and took command of the forces, above named. I then moved
to cross road leading to Spotsylvania court House, where I left the plank
road and proceeded by what proved to be a very serpentine route to the Court
House, arriving there at 11 o'clock A.M., and halted to rest, having marched
about nineteen miles. I remained until 5 o'clock P.M. when I moved forward
eight miles to Mount Pleasant, where I went into camp for the night, having
marched twenty-seven miles from this camp.
Having been advised that the General would move on the "Telegraph road,"
with a considerable force, and that a reserve would follow me, the next day,
to a point beyond Spotsylvania Court House, I sent back a messenger to the
commanding officer of that reserve, indicating to him the point where his
forces should halt, and directing him to remain with and conduct his troops
to the point indicated, by a cross-road from three to four miles south of
the Court House. for some reason, unknown to me, he halted and remained at
Spotsylvania Court House.
At 11 o'clock P.M. I received the dispatch from Gen. Gibbon, informing me
that he had met a "large force of the enemy's cavalry and some artillery,"
and advising me to move early and cautiously. I concluded that the only
chance of success was to move at once, while the General was keeping the
enemy employed.; I concluded that the only chance of success was to move at
once, while the General was keeping the enemy employed. I accordingly moved
at 2 o'clock A.M. on the 6th, intending to reach Frederick Hall Station,
seven miles south of the North Annie river, at 8 o'clock. Our guide made a
mistake in the dark, and taking the wrong road, led us ten miles out of our
way, so that we only reached Waller's Tavern at 8 o'clock A.M. nine miles
short of our destination. By this mistake we were obliged to march ten miles
extra, and missed a regiment of regel infantry which left Frederick Hall
Station , for Gordonsville, at 9 o'clock.
We rested at Waller's until half past one o'clock, and then moved forward to
the river at Carl's Bridge. We found the run not fordable and spanned by a
bridge about one hundred and fifty feet long and forty feet above the water.
I selected about one hundred and fifty men of the sixth Wisconsin from those
most affected by the heat, and left them with one company of cavalry to
guard the bridge until our return, placing the whole under the command of
Capt.. Plummer of the Sixth. I directed the balance of the men to lay aside
their coats, blankets, and haversacks and fill their canteens with water.
At half past two o'clock we moved for the station at Frederick Hall seven
miles distant, which we reached at half past four o'clock. when within about
two miles from the station, I sent forward the cavalry, (except the rear
guard) to cut the telegraph both above and below the House and commence the
work of destruction. I moved up with the Infantry and artillery as rapidly
as possible, and after placing the latter in position to cover the village
and our retreat in case of attack, I moved the former forward. I found the
cavalry busy at work, destroying the road for nearly or quite a mile each
way. I immediately had details made from the infantry, to destroy the public
property and assist in the destruction of the road. At six o'clock the ward
was completed, and we commenced our return arriving at the bridge across the
river at nine o'clock P. M. After getting the forces across the river we
destroyed the bridge, and moved on two miles to Waller's Tavern, where the
men laid down from pure exhaustion, having marched thirty-five miles under a
broiling sun, and destroyed the railroad and bridge.
At 11o'clock P.M. I received the dispatch from the General, dated 6 P.M.,
advising me of the second day's skirmish, and also that a portion of the
enemy had turned off in my direction. Supposing we might meet the enemy on
our return, we waited till half past four and started for Spotsylvania Court
House. When within two miles of that point we met Gen. Gibbon with his
command, when we halted until four o'clock the next morning, and then moved
back to camp, arriving at one o'clock P.M. having marched over ninety miles
in three and a half days under a growling sun; destroyed about two miles of
the Railroad, burned one small bridge blowed up the turn table, burned a
warehouse containing several tierces of confederate whiskey and about
one-thousand, bushels of corn belonging to the confederate army, and all the
I cannot speak in too high terms of the conduct of both officers and men in
the expedition. They all suffered severely from heat and fatigue, but were
all ready at any moment to execute any order given; the only murmurs I heard
being those of disappointment at not meeting an enemy. I wish especially to
notice Lieut. Col. Kilpatrick and Major Davies of the cavalry, and Lieut.
Col. Bragg and Major Dawes of the Sixth Wisconsin, for the prompt and
faithful manner in which they caused all my orders to be executed and also
for the valuable suggestions I received from them.
We returned to camp without the loss of a man. In conclusion I wish to add,
that I twice sent to col. Sullivan to send forward forces to pints which I
thought should be held for my safety; which he declined to do. I was
therefore, when at the railroad, thirty miles from any support, with
numerous roads coming in only rar from Beaver Dam, Louisa Court House,
Taylorsville and other points.-Whether Col. Sullivan was justified in
withholding from me the support I asked for, I am unable to say, as I do not
know what his instructions were. I simply remark that at another time I
would not like to be caught with a reserve whose commanding officer refused
to obey my orders.
I am, very respectfully yours,
Col. Sixth, Wisconsin Volunteers.
The Wisconsin 6th Regiment-A Bold and Effective Movement
Headquarters 6th Wis. Volunteers,
Camp Frances Stafford County Virginia,
August 9th, 1862
DEAR UNCLE:-Enclosed you will find a copy of a circular, which was issued
by Gen. Gibbon, this morning. the expedition referred to started on the 5th
inst., our Regiment going to Frederick Hall station, on the "Virginia
central railroad, tearing up the track, burning the bridges and destroying a
considerable amount of forage belonging to the rebels.
the rest of the brigade intended to strike the R.R. at Hanover Junction, but
failed, the most remarkable incident of our portion of the affair was, that
we marched 35 miles on the second day, (Wednesday) through sand four inches
deep and under a boiling sun. Gen. Burnside, who is here with his force says
that considering the circumstances, that day's march is without a parallel
in the history of the war.
the rest of the brigade lost about sixty prisoners, by the secesh cavalry
picking up stragglers. We lost not a single man, although we were so to
speak in the bowels of the enemy, and at one time 30 miles from any support
whatever. We also destroyed a bridge over the North Anna River, and captured
about fifty mules and horses. to sum the whole affair up we marched a
hundred miles in three days and a half and cut off the enemies line of
communication between Gordonsville and Richmond. Whether we will receive it
or not, we are entitled to the credit for as bold, dashing and effective a
movement as even Stonewall Jackson ever conceived.
We march to night to join Pope at Culpepper Court House.
I have written the above in a great hurry: ergp-read it over before
Ed. P_. Brooks,
Acting Adj't 6th Wis. Regt.
Headquarters 6th Reg't Wis. Volunteers,
Camp Francis, Stafford Co., Aug. 29, 1862.
Col. cutler, command's 6th Wis. vol.
Col.-Gen. Gibbon directs that the following extract from his official report
to Capt. Chandler, A. A. G King's Division of the expedition which started
from camp Aug. 5th under his command be read to your regiment.
" I refer to col. cutler's report for information in regard to his part of
the expedition which was completely successful" I cannot refer in too high
terms to the conduct of Col. Cutler: to his energy and good judgment,
seconded as he was by his fine regiment, the success of the expedition is
Your ob't servant,
J. P. wood, A, A. G.
Headquarters 6th Reg"t Wis. volunteers,
Camp Frances, Stafford Co., Aug. 9, '62
Ed. P. Brooks,
Act. Adj. 6th Wisconsin
We invite attention to an article from the Democratic Press. Printed two
weeks ago description of the part colonel E. S. Bragg took in the battles
described there in.
How can a newspaper that had the heart to publish so glowing and truthful an
article, turn its back on the hero? And let the politician who is pledged to
a policy the would bandage Col. Bragg's sword stay at home.
Lt. Col. Bragg
From the Democratic Press
A correspondent of the Milwaukee
Sentinel, under the signature "Badger" gives a very complete and graphic
account of the part taken by Gen. King's division , and more especially the
Wisconsin, and more especially the Wisconsin Brigade under Gen. Gibbon in
the recent battles under Gen. Pope before Washington.
Well may the editor
of the Sentinel say no resident of Wisconsin can read that account without a
feeling of just pride in the representatives of our noble state in the grand
Army of the East; and that the veterans of Napoleon and Washington never
displayed more steadiness and heroic bravery, and most truly may he say,
well did it happen to that exhausted and overpowered army, that the duty of
covering their retreat was entrusted to our noble Wisconsin boys; a duty
they performed most fearlessly against an overpowering enemy, punishing them
severely until our wearied soldiers were in safety.
We have not space to publish the whole of that interesting letter. Our
object is to call the attention of our readers to that portion which relates
to the 6th Wisconsin, and its commander, our fellow citizen Col. Bragg. That
Regiment will Col. Bragg was in the battles of the 28th 29th and 30th being
probably, the fiercest and most terrific of any of the battles of this war,
The account goes on to say, "late in the afternoon of the 28th,
Gibbon's Brigade foil in with and was fiercely attacked by the right wing of
Jackson's corps that instantly deploying in line of battle the 6th Wisconsin
on the right; always regarded we believe, the post honor and danger, "
advancing coolly and steadily under an exceeding hot fire of the enemy, and
when within proper range was halted by the heroic col. cutler, dressed on
the centre, and deliberately opened fire; that night alone put an end to the
fearful conflict Gibbon's Brigade having borne the brunt of the battle, Col.
Cutler, having been early in the engagement severely wounded, the command of
the Regiment was thereafter under Col. Bragg.
To show the fierceness of
the conflict, it is only necessary for us to mention that 782 were killed
and wounded in that Brigade.
"On the 29th the Regiment then under the
command of col. Bragg was put in motion for the old battle ground of Gull
Run being engaged in severe skirmished during the day. That at early morn on
the 30th, active movements commenced for the terrible conflict which follows
and when it did commence it was in bloody earnest." That for several hours
the roar of artillery and the rattle of musketry was fearful and incessant,
the thunder of cannon continuous, and the infantry volleys one unbroken
peal. That when others of the division gave way, Gibbon's Brigade formed in
two lines, undismayed by the unfavorable aspect of the battle, and presented
its steady front to the enemy, only falling back when ordered, and men in
perfect order. There is given the willing description of the Regiment under
col. Bragg as follows:
"The Sixth the Wisconsin, the very last to retire,
marched slowly, and steadily to the rear; faced to the front again, as they
reached their new and saluted the enemy with three rousing cheers and a most
rattling volley. Every Wisconsin man, who heard those cheers felt his great
thrill with pride for the gallant fellows who gave them. We who know the
daring character of Cool. Bragg, and how deeply he is in for crushing this
rebellion can readily picture to ourselves his scornful mien and defiant
look at the rebels, as he called for those cheers and directed that volley;
we can see him in our minds eye, amid those appalling scenes, with death on
every side, entirely unmoved and coolly urging his men to hurl defiance at
the deadly foe.
It matters but little what we say in our columns about
that Regiment and its commander, Col. Bragg; one thing is certain, impartial
history gives but few examples of such cool heroism and daring bravery.
Col. Bragg with his regiment in the new arrangement at Washington passed as
we understand into General Reno's corps and is now most actively engaged in
driving the rebels out of Maryland. The brave Reno was killed in one of the
battles. We now learn that Col. Bragg is with General Burnside, and the last
we hear of him was on Sunday the 13th, in an account stating that his
General after much toil succeeded in planting a battery on one of the
Maryland mountains, which was doing great execution to the enemy.
Capt. Dave.--Our ancient townsboy and trusty
crony, Capt. David L. Quaw, of K, 6th Wis., with whom we have laughed more
in by-gone days than any other man in this county and afterwards have slept
under the same blanket with, stuck in the mud on picket in Virginia, dropped
down upon our community a few days ago, all fresh from the last great battle
at Bull Run. Our only excuse for having a dull paper this week, is that we
have been talking war with him very muchly. DAVE has distinguished
himself in war, as well as in peace. He has been complimented by his
Brigadier for valiant and successful skirmishing and fighting; he lost
eleven men killed and many more wounded in Bull Run, and has told us so many
incidents of the fight on the same old field we found it convenient to
retire from one day. that our mind is mostly in Virginia.
The Captain was
furloughed because he fought so well and did so much duty that his health is
impaired in consequence and General Gibbons told him "to home awhile, sir."
DAVE speaks in the highest possible terms of the conduct of all Wisconsin
men in the fight.
From Captain Marston
We have an interesting correspondence from Capt. J. H. giving an
extended account of the operations of the Wisconsin Reg'ts in Virginia and
Maryland, but as our space is somewhat limited and as we have given a letter
on this same matter, we are compelled to omit all except the closing
extracts. We thank the gallant Capt., however and hope he will remember us
in the future:
"I feel it a duty I owe the friends of the gallant boys who enlisted with me
eighteen month ago, to state that they have all conducted themselves nobly
and heroically, and it can never be said that they misbehaved before the
enemy of our common country. Many of them have been wounded but one
seriously enough to prevent them resuming their places in the ranks-if they
are not all chosen to some higher position-within a couple of month, I would
further say, it is impossible for all the wounded to receive furlongs to go
home; and at the same time will assure their anxious friends that everything
is burying done by the Government to make them comfortable.
"Captain E. A. Brown fell while leading his men on the field He died nobly
for his country, which he so much loved. I have often seen him point to the
old starry banner and affirm that he should either live under its protecting
folds, or die in its defense. He was formerly a student of Lawrence
University, and a young man of more than ordinary ability He left a good law
business at home to serve his country and all who knew him as a solder and
officer, knew him but to honor and respect. Every man in his Company loved
him, and his loss is deeply mourned by us all."
Killed and Wounded o the Sixth Reg'ts
The following is the official return made by Lt. col. E. S. Bragg, Comd'g
Sixth Regiment Wisconsin Volunteers, of the killed, wounded and missing of
the Regt., in the actions on the 28th and 30th of August, 1862. We are
indebted to Adjt. Gen. Gaylord for the Copy.
Col. L. Cutler, wounded in thigh severely.
Capt Jno F. Marsh, co. D, below the knee, slightly Lieut Jerome B Johnson
company E, in Groine severely. Lieut Jno Ticknor, company K, leg slightly.
Wounded.--Corp. Peter Stackhouse leg slightly; Sergt John Stark leg,
slightly, corp Philip Hofer, neck slightly; Harvey Clay, legs severely; Wm.
M. Livesly leg slightly; Wm Knee leg slightly; Philip Niepert, leg severely.
Wounded.-Corporal Joseph Fachs, leg slightly; John T. Cayzar, arm, slightly;
Henry Smyzer, hand, George Cassidy, left breast, severely; Robert Fuller
head and missing; David t. Jones, left breast and missing; James McEwiu,
face , severely.
Missing--Chas H. Burbank.
Killed.-J.A. Adams, F. Young, H. Pattis, J. S. Vespet
Wounded.-W. H. Pease, in arm, severely; corp'l J. W. Hubbard, thigh;
severely; Thos Budworth, wrist, slightly; A. Boyed leg severely; Chars
White; arm, severely; A. Wethrow, side, severely; E. P. Harvey, leg,
slightly; M. Prothen, leg slilghtly; W. Russell, breast slightly; H. W.
Sheldon, foot, slightly; H. O Viatte, arm, slightly, H R. W. Falkner, head
slighly; W. Gilmore, breast, slightly; E. W. Ellis, foot and thigh,
Killed.-F. Eversol, Hugh Dunning
Wounded.-L. Fowler, ankle, severely; James H. Rlley, thigh; corporal Levi s.
Carpenter, Knee; Dan Shamons, thigh, severely; Josiah fowler, thigh,
severely; James C. Clark, thigh, severely; John Toppoitt, both thighs,
severely; Moses Decker, wounded and missing.
Wounded.-Corporal Fred Baldwin, wounded in foot, severely; Jon H. cole, arm,
severely; W. K. Fish, leg severely; M. A Garfield, arm severely; A gifford
breast slightly; Geo Johnson, arm severely; B Kriggs, foot slightly; Jas F.
Lawrence, back, by piece of shell; Wm Rowe, chin, slightly; Amos lefter,
cheek; John Shay, arm, slightly; J S Berry thrumb, slightly.
Wounded and Missing,-Jno Weyman, R J Campbell, J Deiner, Wm Dillon, R
Hasbrouk, A Dennis.
Killed.-1st Sergt. Chas Lampe, Wm Bricklehaugh
Wounded.-Jacob Bersch, in nose, slightly; Jacob Beynes, in arm; August
Wellhausen in hand, and missing, Julius Vetter, arm, severely; Frederick
Simmerding, in leg severely; Sergt Oscar Greaty, shoulder, slightly; Leander
Comstock, Wounded and missing.
Killed.-Sgt John Hyatt, Mathew Haley, Wm. Bedford.
Wounded.-Corporal L S Medbury, in leg; Chas Gewits, in ankle; Wm H Kinsey,
in arm; C Mann, in arm; Thos O Maley, hand and shoulder; Andrew Allen, in
head; Moses Odell, in neck.
Wounded.-Sergt John A Crosen, in hip, severely; Corporal Jacob Wourt, in
arm; Leonard Obzicht, in shoulder, slightly.
Killed.-R. Fine, F. Ellsworth, H. Didiot, Charles Burnham
Wounded.-Sergt E. F. Fearn, in arm; corporal R. Warham, Alex Lowgie, E. C.
Burdick, J. B. Hilly, E. Lind, F. Page, Geo. Robins, J. L. Somerby; C. C.
Wyman, in arm; Caleb Wright; S. G. Waller, in leg; Gilber Allen, in hand;
Hugh VcClure, in hip; G Ruby, in breast; George Sutton, missing; Lewis
Killed.-Levi S. Gardner, Wm Patterson.
Wounded.-Daniel d. Alton, in thigh, severely; Wm w. Garland, in arm severly;
Erastus emmons, in arm, slightly; John R. Toule, in thigh, severely; w. J.
Raney, in thigh, severely; H. W. Trumble, in side slightly; John St. clair,
in leg, slightly.
Edward S. Bragg,
Lieut. Col. commanding 6th Wis. vol.
B. Upham Acting Adjutant 6th Wis. vol.
Col. Cutler, Sixth Wisconsin
The New York Commercial Advertiser, commenting on the late battle of
Cedar Mountain, has the following allusion to the important part played in
it by Col. cutler, of the Wisconsin Sixth, temporarily in command of a
brigade. the Advertiser is mistaken in speaking of his force as composed of
"Burnsides Invincibles" His men were from King's division , the Sixth
Wisconsin being one of the regiments:
"The retreat of the insurgents was doubtless hastened by the able and
successful reconnaissance executed by Brig. Gen. Cutler, on the Wednesday
previous. At the head of a detachment of Burnside's Invincibles, that
officer marched from Fredericksburg to the line of the Virginia Central
railroad at Frederick shall, nearly midway between Hanover junction and
Gordonsville. There he tore up the track cut the telegraph, burn the poles
and rendered a large pile of iron unserviceable, beside destroying an
immense quantity of army stores which the rebels had collected at that
"This brilliant dash must have completely isolated Jackson's command,
breaking off all the facilities for communicating with Richmond, as well as
for sending thither supplies of provisions for the upper country. With a
slight loss in prisoners taken, as has been already announced, that
reconnaissance accomplished results of much consequence. Though complaints
are occasionally made that somebody blundered," yet the general feeling at
Washington and in our army is gook, if not exultant, over the defeat of the
enemy's ablest General, at the head of his choicest troops, and on a field
of his own selection."
The Wisconsin Regiments in Late Battles
Extracts from private letters
We are permitted to make the following extracts from private letters
received in this city with reference to the Wisconsin Regiments engaged in
the recent battles in Virginia:
Col. L. Cutler, of the Sixth Wisconsin writing to his family from
Manassas under date of August 30th, alludes as follows to the fierce battle,
in which he took a part and in which he received a serious though not
"Since I last wrote you we have had stirring times. May last gave you an
account of our skirmishing, and of having been under cannon fire two days.
Jackson's whole army is here, and we have had most terrific fighting for two
days. Our army is large, and we think we shall finish them this time.
A little before sunset on the 28th, our brigade was marching on the
Centreville road, when we were fired on by a rebel battery. Not expecting to
find much force with it, we started to take it and found ourselves attacked
by four brigades of the enemy. We were in for it, and fought until 9 o'clock
or a little after. Our men fought like tigers. They were charged upon by the
enemy repeatedly but never quailed but stood calmly until they were close
upon us, and then they would mow, them down in heaps. the sixth stood in the
ranks as steadily as they would in a dress parade. when a man was wounded or
killed he was carried to the rear and cared for and the rest fought on.****
"I think we lost five hundred killed and wounded in the brigade. Owing to
a favorable position, most the the shots went over the sixth, still we lost
fourteen killed and about seventy wounded , many of whom will die. Most of
the fight was in the dark, and we stood our ground until we silenced the
fire of the enemy, and then spent the night in gathering up the dead and
wounded. Wisconsin may feel proud of her soldiers.
field officers had a hare chance. the colonel of the Second (O'Conner) was
killed, the Major wounded twice. All the field officers of the Seventh
Wisconsin are in the room with me, wounded, but of of them dangerously.
Several of my company officers are sounded but none killed All the other
regiments in the brigade had company officers killed. ****
Just before the close of the action I got a shot through the thigh, just
grazing the bone. My horse was soon after shot, and my spare horse wounded."