Excerpt from A Poetical Description of the Sixth Army Corps Campaign, During the Year 1863: Together With a Sketch of My Life and Service in the Army; How I Lost My Feet Seven Years After I Was Mustered Out of Service; A History of the Grand Army of the Republic, and a Number of Other... Articles Relating to the Rebellion
No sooner there than we espied, Our enemy beyond the river's tide, Snugly stationed in their ri¿e pits, Already prepared to give us fits.
We had to cross the river, without doubt, Which General Sedgwick soon found out.
He had the pontoons hauled to the river bank, And soon they were filled with many a Yank.
General Brooks soon gave the word to start, The engineers pulled the boats very smart; To the middle of the river we had got, Without the rebels firing a shot.
The sentry then, on the opposite Shore, Espied the boats, some forty or more Whereupon he fired his gun.
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