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Report of Colonel Sabine Enemy, Ninth Maine Infantry, of second assault on Battery Wagner, July 18.


Black Island, S. C., November 9, 1863.

GENERAL: I have the honor to report that in the assult on Fort Wagner, July 18, my regiment formed the center of a line of columns by company, the Sixth Connecticut on my right, the Third New Hampshire on the left. The Fifty-fourth Massachusetts was immediately in front, advancing in two lines. I was ordered to carry the center of the fort. The regiment advanced under a very heavy fire of artillery and infantry, and when within a few rods of the ditch received a serious check from a part of the Fifty-fourth Massachusetts, which had already been repulsed, striking the head of the column, during which several destructive descharges of grape and canister were received. Untamgling the head of the column, I again advanced and attempted to gain the fort, but the fire was very destructive; the right companies were badly cut up; Captain Brooks and Lieutenant Goodwin, of the first company, and Lieutenant Emerson in command of the second company, were wounded, and Capatin Shaw, of the third, killed. It had become dark, so that it was scarcely possible to distinguish whether the men coming from the fort were our or those of the enemy. Under these circumstances the head of the column gave way, and the regiment retired in some confusion. I now loearn that it was reformed soon after by the senior officer remaining unhurt, Captain S. D. Baker, and returned to the field. I have to speak of the gallantry of Captain Charles A. Brooks, whose company (A) had the head of the column, and of First Sergt. George S. Colbath, of the same company, who bravely led and cheered on his men after the fall of Captain Brooks and Lieutenant Goodwin; also of the courage and generosity of Sergt. David L. Tracy, Company C, who after the regiment had retreated, remained on the glacis of the fort to asist a wounded comrade, and succeeded alone in bringing him within our intrenchments. All the officers and men, so far as I know, behaved with equal coolness and courage, and I only speak of these instances because they came under my personal observation. The regiment went into action with 354 men, and lost 117 in killed, wounded, and missing.

I am, general, very respectfully, your obedient servant,


Colonel, Commanding Regiment.

Brigadier General T. SEYMOUR.


Report of Colonel George B. Dandy, One hundredth New York Infantry, of second assault on Battery Wagner, July 18.

MORRIS ISLAND, S. C., November 4, 1863.

SIR: I have the honor to submit the following report of the part my regiment took in the Wagner on the evening of July 18, 1863, and of the part taken by the brigade commanded by Colonel Putnam, Seventh New Hampshire Volunteers, on that occasion:

The brigade was formed on the beach at about 10 a. m., and remained there until ordered forward to the assault at about 4 a. m. The following-named regiments composed the brigade and were in the order (right in front) hereafter named, viz: Seventh New Hampshire Volun-

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