1862 October 29: Gibbon’s Iron Brigade
From the October 29, 1862, issue of The Prescott Journal.
“GIBBON’S IRON BRIGADE”—A correspondent writing from the battle-field of Antietam, Sept. 25th, thus speaks of the brigade of the 2d, 9th and 7th Wisconsin and 19th Indiana regiments:
The temporary rest they are now enjoying upon the battlefield of Antietam is refreshing to the veterans of Gen. Gibbon’s command. It is a sad and sorrowful sight for one who knew the regiments which comprised the brigade in their palmy days, to see them so terribly reduced in numbers. All of their field officers, with the exception of two or three, have been killed or wounded. From the time these regiments came into camp until the 20th of last August the campaign had been, comparatively speaking, an easy one to them, excepting the Second Wisconsin, which was at the battle of Bull Run, and took an active part in that ill-fated battle, on the 21st day of July, 1861.
From the official records, we find that on the 20th, 21st, 22d, 23d, 24th, 25th, 26th, 27th, 28th, 29th, and 30th of August, and the 14th, 15th, 16th, 17th of September, this “Iron Brigade” of the west was engaged in the battles fought upon the days specified. During these hard fought engagements the soldiers of Gibbon’s command have been reduced from nearly five thousand to less than a regiment of fighting men. In all of those terrible conflicts, where the battle raged the fiercest, our gallant western troops distinguished themselves by their bravery and powers of endurance, never faltering in the least in the discharge of their perilous and responsible duties.