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| Col. Kimball’s Report
Lieut. Col. Kimball, commanding the 15th regiment, makes the following official report of the killed and wounded in his regiment:---
Co. C. Private Frank H. Fairbanks.
Co. C. Thomas Breech, contusion, slight; Alex. Lyle, foot, severely
Colonel Kimball adds to his report---“I desire to say that my regiment behaved with the utmost coolness and bravery during the entire engagement, rushing forward (three) several times to assist in working the battery (Lieut. Kirby, 2d Artillery, U. S. A.) which we were supporting, and afterwards driving back the enemy at the point of the bayonet, and occupying their ground, resting upon their arms for the night, surrounded by the dead and dying of the enemy. The hard earned reputation achieved at the battle of Ball’s Bluff was fully sustained by the regiment in this engagement.”
A private letter from the fifteenth regiment gives a more particular account of the action of the regiment in the battle at Fair Oaks, from which we are permitted to make the following extract.
“Arriving on the field about five o’clock, our regimental line was formed, with its right resting upon the left wing of the seventh Massachusetts, one of the four regiment we found on our arrival. We had but just formed the line and given the men the order to stand at rest, when suddenly a tremendous volley of musketry came pouring out of the woods directly at the right of the Massachusetts seventh. Gen. Sumner had accompanied us, and at his command we filed in front of the seventh, to relieve them and support Kirby’s battery, which formed immediately in front of our center, and opened fire.
There were four brigades of the rebels engaged under the command of Gen. Magruder, who recognized his old battery and determined to capture it. We remained there nearly an hour, during which the firing was incessant, and the front rank of the rebels which was constantly reinforced, was not more than 15 or 20 rods from our line. Their shots were mostly to high, though we suffered a loss of five killed and seventeen wounded in our regiment.
They had much the advantage of us, for only our brigade and the regiment we found on the field were engaged on our side, the rest of the division, as it came in during the fight, forming far to the rear as a reserve. We had the advantage over them of one of the best batteries in the service, and in the disposition of our force, which formed a cross fire which was deadly. They finally made a desperate charge upon the battery, coming out of the woods and over the fence, into the open field; but they received a terrible fire of grape and cannister and bullets, and then the 34th New York charged down upon them from the left, driving them back into the woods. We were then ordered to support the 34th New York"