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60 HISTORY OF PORTER.

ments : in 1861, July 21, Bull Run ; in 1862, May 7, West
Point, last of May, Mechanicsville, June 27, Gaines' Hill,
June 28, Golding Farm, June 30, Charles City Cross Roads,
Aug. 27, 2d Bull Run, Sept. 14, Crampton's Pass, Sept. 17,
Antietam — under fire eighteen hours — Dec. 12 and 13, Fred-
ericksburgh ; in 1863, the first days of May, Chancellorsville,
July 2 and 3, Gettysburgh, Nov. 7, Crossing of the Rappa-
hannock, Nov. 27, Orange Grove •, in 1864, from May 5 to
May 12 inclusive, in the battles of the Wilderness, that near
Spottsylvania Court House, and the charges on the fortifica-
tions near the Court House, June 1 at Cold Harbor, Sept.
19 at Winchester, Sept. 22 at Fisher's Hill, Oct. 19 at Cedar
Creek ; and in 1865, April 2, in the battle in front of Peters-
burgh.

Fox George Henry, Com. G, 10th Me.,
Capt. Jonathan Blake, was mustered into the service Sept. 9,
1862, for three years, was transferred to Com. B, 29th Me.,
and died.*

Fox James L., Com. K, 23d Me.,
Capt. M. N. Stanley, was mustered into the service Sept. 29,
1862, for nine months, and discharged July 15, 1863.

Fox Jonathan, 2d, Com. G, 13th Me.,
Capt. Amos G, Goodwin, was mustered into the service Dec.
31, 1861, for three years, and discharged for disability July
17, 1863.

Fox Lorenzo D., Com. D, 5th Me.,
Capt. Edward W. Thompson, was mustered into the service
June 24, 1861, for three years. He was appointed Sergeant,
and was mustered out July 27, 1864. He was in the follow-
ing battles: in 1861, July 21, Bull Run; in 1862, May 7,
West Point, last of May, Mechanicsville, June 27, Gaines'
Hill, June 28, Golding Farm, June 30, Charles City Cross
Roads, Aug. 27, 2d Bull Run, Sept. 14, Crampton's Pass,
Sept. 17, Antietam — under fire eighteen hours — Dec. 12 and



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13, Fredericksburgh ; in 1863, the first days of Ma}", Chan-
cellorsville, J uly 2 and 3, Gettysburg!!, Nov. 7, Crossing of
the Rappahannock, Nov. 27, Orange Grove ; in 1864, from
May 5 to May 12 inclusive, the battles of the Wilderness,
that near Spottsylvania Court House and the charges on the
fortifications near the Court House, and June 1, Cold Harbor.

.Fox William W., Com. G, 10th Me.,
Capt. Jonathan Blake, was mustered into the service August
18, 1862, for two years, and died.*

John Fox who settled in Porter in 1801, was a Revolu-
tionary soldier. His brother Edward was one of our volun-
teers in the war of 1812. Ephraim Fox, a son of Edward,
also volunteered in the war of 1812. Edward Fox, a son of
Ephraim, was in the Mexican war, and died in Mexico.
Daniel J. and David M. Fox, whose war record is given
above, were the only remaining sons of Ephraim. George
Henry, James L., Jonathan 2d, Lorenzo D,, and William W.
Fox were the only surviving sons of the late Richard Fox,
who was a brother of Ephraim.

French Charles, Com. B, 2d Regt. Mass. Vols.,
Capt. Greeley S. Curtis, Col. George H. Gordon, enlisted
May 11, 1861, for three years. He was under Gen. Banks
in the Shenandoah Valley at the time of his retreat from
Winchester, and under Gen. Pope during his disastrous re-
treat from Centerville, where our losses were numbered by
tens of thousands. He was in the battles of Cedar Mountain,
South Mountain, Antietam, and Chancellorsville, where he
was taken prisoner May 3, 1863. Being sent to Richmond,
he was put in Libby prison. He remained there but one
week, when he was exchanged. Fortunate, indeed, it was
for him that he was so soon liberated. He says that in the
room where he was confined there were four hundred and
twenty-five prisoners, and it was with much difficulty that
they could lie down at all, or obtain any rest, upon a floor



62 HISTORY OF PORTER.

tliat might be said, without much exaggeration, to be liter-
ally covered with vermin. While he was in prison he was
not aware that any prisoners were shot for merely look-
ing out of the windows, but he was told by the prisoners
that such cruelty had not been uncommon, and the bullet
holes through and around the windows, confirmed the truth
of their statement. The prisoners were permitted to have
two meals a day, if such allowances in quantity and quality
can be called meals. The name of this prison originated
from that of the owner. A rebel by the name of Libby built
and used it as a tobacco warehouse. Into this receptacle of
filth and vermin our soldiers were thrust, we might almost
say in truth, heaped, so great were their numbers for the
space alloted them. It is elsewhere asserted with reference
to Pennsylvania soldiers that only one in six who entered
this prison left it alive. Taking into account the extent to
which our soldiers were deprived, not only of food, but even
of air and space for their bodies, the assertion does not seem
incredible. This building was not enclosed by a wall or ditch,
but a strong guard of rebel soldiers, with their loaded rifles,
prevented any escape, except with the greatest risk.

After Mr. French was exchanged he joined his regiment
in Tennessee, and was under Gen. Sherman until the expira-
tion of his term of service, when he was sent to Boston and
discharged June 10, 1864.

French Daniel D., Com. G, 13th Me.,
Capt. Joshua L. Sawyer, was mustered into the service Dec.
31, 1861, for three years, was ordered to Ship Island, joined
Gen. Banks' Red River expedition, and like many of his
comrades who were exposed to the malaria of the Mississippi
swamps was compelled to be under the orders of a surgeon
in the hospital rather than the commands of his captain on
the tented field. For a considerable time his condition re-
mained unimproved, but at length having regained his health,



HISTORY OF PORTER. 63

he was ordered to Washington, and thence to the Shenan-
doali Valley. On the march from Washington he and others
from different companies, numbering in all one hundred, were
detailed to guard a provision train on its way to Winchester.
While passing through an obscure region of the country they
were suddenly assailed by Mosby's Guerillas, and one-half of
their number slain, the rest barely escaping by flight. He
was discharged Jan. 6, 1865.

French Lorenzo D., Com. G, 3d N. H. Vols.,
Capt. Emmons, was mustered into the service July 25, 1861,
for three years, and discharged for disability Aug. 29, 1862.

French Randall, Com. A, 11th Me.,
Capt. W. S. Pennell, was mustered into the service Nov, 7,

1861, for three years, and died.*
French William H., Com. G, 13th Me.,

Capt. Joshua L. Sawyer, was mustered into the service Dec.
31, 1861, for three years, re-enlisted for three years, was
mustered into the same company Feb. 29, 1864, Capt. Amos
G. Goodwin, was appointed corporal by Capt. Sawyer, was
taken prisoner at Pleasant Hill, La., April 9, 1864, carried
to Camp Ford, near Tyler, Texas, and remained there a
prisoner until exchanged May 27, 1865. He was in Banks'
Red River campaign, in the battles of Mansfield and Pleasant
Hill, La., and was discharged Aug. 10, 1865.

Garland William H., Com. K, 23d Me.,
Capt. M. N. Stanley, was mustered into the service Sept. 29,

1862, for nine months, and mustered out July 15, 1863.
Gentleman Joseph O., Com. A, 11th Me.,

Capt. W. S. Pennell, was mustered into the service ^Nov. 7,
1861, for three years, was discharged for disability, but after-
ward re-enlisted into Com. K, 23d Me., for nine months,
Capt. M. N. Stanley, then into Com. G, 93d N. Y. State
National Guards, for 100 days, and lastly into Com. C, 194th
N. Y, Vols, for three years. He was 1st Sergeant in Com.



6.4 HISTORY OF PORTER.

A, llth Me., 2cl and 1st Lieut, in Com. K, 23d Me., Capt'.
of Com. G, 93d N. Y., and of Com. C, 194tli N. Y. He was
in the battles of Williamsburg and Fair Oaks, and was dis-
charged April 15, 1865.

Gibbs Elias R., Com. K, 18th Penn. Cavalry,
enlisted in Sept., 1862, at the same time his cousin Samuel
N. Gibbs enlisted, was mustered into the same company,
fought in the same battles, was taken prisoner at the same
time and sent to Andersonville pi'ison, Ga., where he died.*

Gibbs Samuel N., Com. K, 18th Penn. Cavalry,
enlisted in Sept, 1862. He wrote quite often to his parents,
and to the information contained in his letters we are indebt-
ed for what is here stated. By these letters we learn that
he arrived at the front Feb. 10, 1863. From that time up to
the succeeding July his regiment was often employed in
skirmishing and making reconnoissances, but when it was
found that Lee was actually en route for the north, more im-
portant duties were required of them than heretofore. In
August he wrote from Warrenton Junction that the Cavalry
with which he served, took in the previous month 1800
prisoners, with a large number of horses and wagons, and in
eleven days lost 600 men ; that he and Elias Gibbs fought in
all the many battles in which their regiment was engaged,
and that with the exception of his own slight wound, they
remained uninjured. So far he had been shielded from the
more dread realities of war, but soon from his own peif came
the unwelcome message that he was in Libby prison. Next,
but after months of anxious doubt, the sad, though not unex-
pected tidings reached his friends that the merciless foe had
finished, in his case, their intended work.*

It was reported at the time in a Pennsylvania periodical
that of twenty-four prisoners taken from the 18th Penn.
Cavalry and put in Libby prison, four only, left there alive.



HISTORY OF PORTER. "5



Kimball William,
was mustered into a New Hampshire regiment.

Lewis George W., Com. B, 29th Me.,
Capt. Benjamin M. Redlon, was mustered into the service
Jan. 12, 1864, for three years, was sick at Augusta, Me., for
several months, joined his regiment at Alexandria, La., but
beincT ao-ain disabled by sickness, was discharged in June,

1865.

Libbv Randall, 2d, Com. A, 11th Me.,
enhsted for three years Sept. 26, 1861, was mustered into
the service Nov. 7, 1861, and appointed 2d Lieutenant.
May 11, 1862, while at the front, he was commissioned
Captain. He commanded Company A at the battle of Wil-
liamsburgh, at Bottom's Bridge, at Fair Oaks and Seven
Pines, participated in other severe engagements while ad-
vancing toward and crossing the Chickahominy, and in the
seven days' constant fighting, from June 26th to July 2d in-
clnsive, during McClellan's retreat from the Chickahominy
to Harrison's Landing. Gen. Nagley, in an address to his
brigade, to which the 11th Maine belonged, said : " Thus is
yours the honor of having been the first to pass and the last
to leave the Chickahominy, and while you led the advance
from this memorable place near Richmond, you were the last
in the retreating column, when after seven days' constant
fighting it reached a place of security and rest at Harrison's
Landing." Subsequently the regiment proceeded to York-
town. Here the climate and severe labor induced the dis-
ease which terminated his life. He was discharged for
disability March 24, 1863, and died.*

Lord John, Com. K, 23d Me.,
Capt. M. N. Stanley, was mustered into the service Sept.
29, 1862, for nine months, was appointed Sergeant, and dis-
charged July 15, 1863.

McDonald Samuel, Com. K, 23d Me.,
Capt. M. N. Stanley, was mustered into the service Sept. 29,



66 HISTORY OF PORTER.

1862, for nine months, was appointed Corporal, and dis-
charged July 15, 1863.

Moulton John, jr., Com. D, 2d Minn. Vols.,
enlisted June 17, 1861. July 5 of the same year he was
appointed Sergeant, and in December following 1st Sergeant.
In 1862, Jan. 1, he was commissioned 2d Lieut., May 1, 1st
Lieut., and Oct. 27, Captain of the same company. In 1864,
July 15, he was commissioned Major of his regiment, and in
1865, Marcli 13, brevet Lieut. Colonel. In 1862, Jan. 19,
he was in the battle of Mill Spring, Ky., during the month
of May at the siege of Corinth, Miss., and Oct. 8 at the
battle of Perryville, Ky. ; in 1863, Sept. 19 and 20, at
Chickamauga, Tenn., Nov. 25 at Mission Ridge, Tenn. ; in
1864, first of May, at Buzzard Roost Gap and Tunnell
Hill, Ga., May 15 at Resaca, Ga., June 27 at Kenesaw
Mountain, Ga., Sept. 1 at Jonesborough, Ga. ; and in 1865,
March 19, at Bentonville, N. C. His department command-
ers were Gens. Buel, Rosecrans, Thomas, Gi'ant, and Sher-
man. He was with the last named in his victorious march
from Chattanooga through Georgia and the Carolinas, and
was mustered out of the service July 11, 1865. He neither
asked for nor received a furlough, but performed his duty as
a soldier every day during the entire period of his enlistment.

Norton Moses F., Com. K, 23d Me.,
Capt. M. N. Stanley, was mustered into the service Sept.
29, 1862, for nine months, and discharged Dec. 2, 1862.

Norton William G., Com. K, 23d Me.,
Capt. M. N. Stanley, was mustered into the service Sept. 29,
1862, for nine months, and was mustered out July 15, 1863.

Pearl Isaac, Com. K, 23d Me.,
Capt. M. N. Stanley, was mustered into the service Sept. 29,
1862, for nine months, was appointed Corporal, and mus-
tered out July 15, 1863.

Pearl Joshua R., Com. F, 50th Mass.,
Capt. S. W. Duncan, was mustered into the service in Sept.,



HISTORY OF PORTER.



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1862, for nine months, was in the two general assaults upon
Port Hudson, May 27 and June 14, 1863, and was mus-
tered out at the expiration of his term of service.

Peters Oliver T., Com. K, 23d Me.,
Capt. M. N. Stanley, was mustered into the service Sept. 29,
1862, for nine months, and was discharged July 15, 1863.

Pugsley Jeremiah, Com. K, 28d Me.,
Capt. M. N. Stanley, was mustered into the service Sept. 29,
1862, for nine months, and discharged July 15, 1863.

Ridlon Benjamin H., Com. E, 9th Me.,
Capt. Josiah C. Beal, was mustered into the service Jan. 1,
1864, for three years, was severely wounded in the head
May 20, 1864, and died.*

Ridlon George F., Com. K, 23d Me.,
Capt. M. N. Stanley, was mustered into the service Oct. 13,
1862, for nine months, and discharged July 15, 1863.

Ridlon George W., Com. I, 3d Me.,
Lieut. Hall commanding, was mustered into the service July
17, 1863, for three years, and in about one year after, trans-
ferred to Com. E, 17th Me,, Capt. Charles C. Cole ; was
again transferred in June, 1865, to Com. E, 1st Me. Heavy
Artillery, Capt. P. A. Gatchell, and by him was appointed
Corporal. He was in the battle of Strawberry Hill, where
he was slightly wounded, in that of Mine Run, in Gen.
Grant's many battles of the Wilderness, including that at
Spottsylvania Court House, etc., in the battle of Stony
Brook, and in the attacks on the Weldon R. R. and Peters-
burgh. He was discharged Sept. 11, 1865.

Ridlon Joseph S., Com. B, 29th Me.,
Capt. Benjamin ^NI. Ridlon, was mustered into the service
Jan. 28, 1864, for tliree years, and was discharged Oct. 5,
1865. He was in the battles of Sabine Cross Roads or
Mansfield, Pleasant Hill, Cane River Crossing, Winchester,
Fisher's Hill and Cedar Creek.



68 HISTORY OF PORTER.

Ridlon William, Com. H, 27tli Me.,
Capt. Henry F. Snow, was mustered into the service Sept.
30, 1862, for nine months, and was mustered out July 17,
1863. A portion of his regiment, however, was mustered
out in June, at the expiration of their nine months' service.
At this time Gen. Lee was rapidly advancing toward Penn-
sylvania, and throughout the country the greatest anxiety
was felt not only for Washington, Philadelphia, and other
northern cities, but even for the Republic itself. At this
juncture tlie President and Secretary of war appealed to the
men of those regiments whose terms of service were about
expiring, to remain and aid their brothers in arms to stay
and drive back these minions of slavery with their perjured
leader. So far as three hundred and fifteen men of the 27th
were concerned, the appeal was not in vain. That number,
and Porter had her representative among them, remained
until the battle of Gettysburgh had been fought, and Lee
. driven from the soil of Pennsylvania. The almost certainty
of a desperate and deadly encounter in the near future, was
theirs to consider, yet these patriot heroes did not quail in
view of such a prospect. These were mustered out July 17,
1863, the remainder of the regiment having left for their
homes in June.

Robbins Frank, Com. K, 23d Me.,
Capt. M. N. Stanley, was mustered into the service Sept.
29, 1862, for nine months, and died.*

Rogers Oren W., Com. I, 3d Me.,
Lieut. Hall commanding, was mustered into the service July
17, 1863, for three years. He was in the battle of Straw-
berry Hill, that of Mine Run, in Grant's battles in the Wil-
derness, and, up to the time of his death, in the battle near
Spottsylvania Court House.*

Rounds William, Com. I, 8th N. H. Vols.,
Capt. Colby, was mustered into the service of the U. S.



HISTORY OF PORTER. 69

Nov. 1, 1861, for three years. He re-enlisted for three
years, was mustered in, Jan. 4, 1864, and was discharged
Oct. 28, 1865. Upon his discharge it is certified that he was
in the following battles: in 1862, Oct. 27, Georgia Landing ;
in 1863, April 12 and 13, Camp Bisland ; May 27, Port
Hudson ; June 14, Port Hudson ; and in 1864, April 8, Sa-
bine Cross Roads ; April 23, Cane River ; May 17, Morean-
ville ; and May 18, Yellow Bayou.

Sawyer Henry H., Com. K, 23d Me.,
Capt. M. N. Stanley, was mustered into the U. S. service
Sept. 29, 1862, for nine months and discharged July 15,
1863.

Sawyer Isaac B., Com. D, 6th N. H. Vols.,
Capt. Samuel D. Quarles, enlisted Oct. 26, 1861, for three
years, was in Gen. Burnside's expedition to Roanoke Island,
in the battle at Camden, N. C, and in the second Bull Run
engagement, in the last of which he was taken prisoner. He
was carried to Gainsville, gave his parole, was in a short
time exchanged, and was discharged for disability Feb. 17,
1863.

Sawyer Sewell S., Com. H, 171st Penn.,
Capt. John Bierer, was mustered into the service Oct. 24,

1862, for nine months, was in the battle of Blount's Creek
in the spring of 1863, and was discharged Aug. 8, 1863. He
re-enhsted Mar. 27, 1865, for one year, in Com. A, 88th
Penn., Capt. Daniel W. May, was appointed Corporal by
Capt, May, and was discharged June 30, 1865.

Smith George H., Com. K, 23d Me.,
Capt. M. N. Stanley, was mustered into the service Sept.
29, 1862, for nine months, and was mustered out July 15,

1863. He re-enlisted into Com. C, 29th Me., for three
years, was mustered in, Jan.- 29, 1864, and continued in this
company until July 18, 1865.



70 HISTORY OF PORTER.

Stacy Lorenzo D., Com. K, 23d Me.,
Capt. M. N. Stanley, was mustered into the service Sept.
29, 1862, for nine months, and was orderly Sergt. until Feb.
11, 1863, when he was promoted to a 2d Lieutenancy.
After his term in the 23d expired, he re-enlisted in Com. B,
29th Me., for three years, of which company he was ap-
pointed Jan. 4, 1864, 2d Lieutenant. Subsequently he was
appointed 1st Lieutenant of Com. F, but was not mustered
in, on account of the small number of men remaining in that
company. In the month of March, 1865, he was commis-
sioned 1st Lieut, by brevet, and later in the month. Captain.
For some considerable time, and at various stations he held
the offices of Provost Marshal and Provost Judge, was for a
time in command of Fort Russell at Hilton Head, was in the
Red River expedition under Gen. Banks, and in the Shenan-
doah Valley under Gen. Sheridan. He was in the battles
of Snaggy Point and Mansura Plains, La., at Opequan,
Fisher's Hill and Cedar Creek, Va., and was mustered out
of the service at Hilton Head, S. C, June 21, 1866.

Stacy Oliver, jr.. Com. K, 23d Me.,
Capt. M. N. Stanley, was mustered into the service Sept.
29, 1862, for nine months, and discharged July 15, 1863.
He re-enlisted in Com. F, Coast Guards, Jan. 6, 1865, Capt.
Charles H. Conant, and was discharged July 7, 1865.

Stanley Moses N.,
was commissioned Captain of Com. K, 23d Me,, was mus-
tered into the service Sept. 29, 1862, and was mustered out
July 15, 1863. He re-enlisted and was mustered into Com.
B, 29th Me., Jan. 12, 1864, was commissioned and mustered
into Com. C, 29th Me., as 1st Lieut., Jan. 15. 1864, and
discharged for disability Oct. 25, 1864.

Stanley Samuel 2d, Com. K, 23d Me.,
Capt. M. N. Stanley, was mustered into the service Sept. 29,
1862, for nine months. He was appointed Corporal and after-



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ward Sergeant of his company. He was discharged July 15,
1863.

Stanley William S., Com. G, 10th Me.,
Capt. Jonathan Blake, was mustered into the service Aug.
25, 1862, for three years, was transferred to Bat. 10th Me.,
and from 10th Bat. to Com. C, 29th Me., was in the battles
of Antietam and South Mountain, Md., Chancellorsville, Va.,
and Gettysburgh, Penn. He was discharged in June, 1865.

Stewart Samuel, Com. B, 1st Regt, Me. Cavalry,
Capt. Jacob B. Loring, was mustered into the service Dec.

23, 1863. His company was mustered out Aug. 1, 1865.
Storer John, Com. F, 8th Me.,

Capt. Albert R. Willis, was mustered into the service Sept.

24, 1864, and discharged in 1865.

Tibbetts Henry C, Com. H, 2d Regt. Minn. Vols.,
Nelson W. Dickinson, Com. Commander, was mustered into
the service July 15, 1861, was discharged, re-enlisted into
the same company Dec. 20, 1863, for three years, John R.
Beatty, Com. Commander, was in the battles of Mill Spring,
Ky., Chickamauga, Tenn., Perryville,Ky., and Mission Ridge,
Tenn., was under Gen. Sherman in his march from Chatta-
nooga, through Georgia and the Carolinas, and was mustered
out of the service July 25, 1865.

Towle Ezra, Com. G, 10th Me.,
Capt. Jonathan Blake, was mustered into the service Aug.
18, 1862, for two years, and was at the battle of Antietam,
Sept. 17, 1862, where he was mortally wounded. He died.*

Towle Nelson, Com. E, 9th Me.,
Capt. Edwin W. Wedgwood, was mustered into the service
Sept. 22, 1861, for three years, re-enlisted, and Jan. 1, 1864,
was mustered into the same company for three years, Capt.
Josiah C. Beal. He was appointed Sergeant Sept, 22, 1861,
and Orderly Sergeant in June, 18G2. In 1861, Nov. 7, he
was in the battle at Hilton Head, S. C. ; in 1862, March 4,



72 HISTORY OF PORTER.

at Fernandina, Fla. ; in 1863, July 10, at Morris Island, S.
C, July 11 and 18 and Sept. 7, was in the assaults upon
Fort Wagner, S. C. ; in 1864, May 7, in the battle of Green
Plain, Va., May 16, at Drury's Bluff, Va., May 18, 20, and
23, and Aug. 25, at Hatcher's Run, June 1 and 2, at Cold
Harbor, "Va., June 15, at Petersburgh Heights, June 30, was
in the attack on the enemy's fortifications near the same city,
July 30, he was with the party assaulting Cemetery Hill,
Va., Aug. 16 and 17, in the battle at Deep Run, and Sept.
29, in the assault on Fort Gilmore, where our forces were
repulsed, and he was slain.*

Towle Wellington, Com. E, 9th Me.,
Capt. Edwin W. Wedgwood, was mustered into the service
Sept. 22, 1861, for three years, re-enlisted, and was mustered
into the same company Jan. 1, 1864, for three years, Capt.
Josiah C. Beal. He was appointed Corporal in Sept., 1861,
and Sergeant in Sept., 1864. Nov. 7, 1861, he was in the
battle at Hilton Head, S. C. ; in 1862, March 4, at Fernan-
dina, Fla. ; in 1863, July 10, at Morris Island, S. C. ; July
11 and 18, and Sept. 7, was in the assaults upon Fort Wag-
ner, S. C. ; in 1864, May 7, in the battle of Green Plain,
Va., May 16, at Drury's Bluff, Va., May 18, 20, and 23,
and Aug. 25, at Hatcher's Run, and June 1 and 2, at Cold
Harbor, Va., where he was wounded, losing his right thumb
by a rebel bullet. He was discharged July 20, 1865.

The attack of July 18 on Fort Wagner was one of the
terrible realities of war. Patriot and rebel fought with the
utmost determination, and for the numbers engaged the
carnage was truly awful.

Towle William G., Com. H, 1st Me. Cavalry,
Capt. A. M. Benson, was mustered into the service Feb. 9,
1864, for three years, was appointed Corporal in July fol-
lowing, and was thi'ee times wounded. The first wound re-
ceived was made by a grape shot, during the charge on the



HISTORY OF PORTER. 73

iron bridge over the Roanoke river, and the others were
severe gun shot wounds received in the battle at Boydton
Plank Road. He was under Wilson in his unsuccessful at-
tempts to capture the Weldon railroad, was at the storming
of three forts, at the battles at Hatcher's Run and Stony
Creek, and in the successful attempts to capture the Weldon
railroad, making thirteen engagements. He was under
Sheridan in his last encounter with the rebels, and saw the
surrender of R. E. Lee at Appomattox Court-house April 9,
18G5. He was discharged Aug. 9, 1865.


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