A Relative at Spotsylvania Court House, May 1864

As the boys lay in their muddy positions, the Confederates began to reform their lines for a counterthrust, and the men of the 57th could hear distinctly above the gunfire the Southern officers ordering, “Move foward! Sustain an unbroken line! Fire low!” But at the instant the next command of “Forward!” was given, Colonel Chandler stood up tall, taking the Confederates by surprise, and shouted, “Attention 57th! Fix bayonets! Forward at the double-quick! Charge!”

The regiment attacked with a rush and a deep-throated cheer and the rebel plans for a countercharge were turned on end.

–About Lt Col Charles L. Chandler, age 24, from Mother, May You Never See the Sights I Have Seen

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About Eric Chandler

Husband. Father. Pilot. Cross Country Skier. Writer. Author of Outside Duluth and Down In It.
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