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THE IRON HEARTED REGIMENT
Chapter V

"For God's sake don't murder me," shrieked the wounded man.

"We don't intend to, and I should not have touched you, did I know that you were hurt. Here comes some of our boys to carry you from the field," said John.

"I'll never go," gasped the dying rebel. "Sooner than be carried to your Yankee lines, I will die where I lay."

"If you wont help yourself we will help you;, and we're carrying you from the field at the risk of our own lives," remarked several of the boys as they bore him from the field through the storm of bullets.

"What regiment is that?"

"The one hundred and fifteenth New York," replied several of the men.

"Why," said the general in surprise, "you are only a good sized color guard; such a small body of men as that going to make this charge?"

"The men went forward splendidly, preserving their alignment perfectly, as they skipped over the furrowed ground, closing up the vacancies made by the sweeping cross fire, gaining the woods, opening their ranks for the partially exhausted fellows of Drake's brigade to pass rearward, and with a fierce hurrah, dashed unshrinkingly into the rifle pits, taking two hundred and fifty prisoners."

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