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tore a truce was agreed upon, when the rebels came out and gathered up the dead and wounded to a certain line, and allowed us to gather in the balance, and to do all the burying, which was done in ditches containing fifty or more bodies each.
"On the morning of the 8th an order from Gen. Banks was given to all the reigment commanders, stating that Gen. Gardner had proposed a cessation of hostilities with a view to settle upon terms of surrender, provided that the rumor of the 7th, that Vicksburg had fallen was true."
Gen. Gardner surrendered unconditionally. The active military service of the narrator ended with the siege of Port Hudson. He having been disabled, was taken to the hospital in Baton Rouge, where he remained several weeks, and came home on a furlough of sixty days, on expiration of which he received an honorable discharge.
"One morning about the middle of July, 1862, twenty-three Marshfield boys, averaging about twenty years of age, piled into Charles T. Hatch's stage coach, and rode to Quincy, and there took the cars for Boston, to be examined as volunteers in United States service. Twenty-two were accepted and went from there to Lynnfield, where we were assigned to Co. K., 38th Regt., Mass. Vols., and were sworn into service Aug. 21st, 1862. We left camp the 26th and went to Baltimore by cars and boat, crossing from Camden to Philadelphia. We went up to the famous John
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