Lt. Israel H. Putnam, Co. G (1st), 13th New York Infantry*, On the Battle

19 05 2020

What they Endured. – From a letter written home by Lieut. Putnam, of Capt. Lewis’ company, we extract the following:

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What have we been through! We were on the march from two o’clock Sunday morning till eight o’clock Monday morning. At noon we were completely victorious. *** The charge was made by the cavalry and Fire Zouaves, and they were cut to pieces. The Zouaves rallied again, and our brigade then made an impetuous charge and the slaughter was immense. Our own (13th) regiment held the most dangerous positions, and I am proud to say that we were the last to leave the field – the others having retreated.

Rochester (NY) Evening Express, 7/27/1861

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Contributed by John Hennessy

* This company transferred to the 3rd NY Cavalry after the battle.

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