attacks which were several times repulsed. At length the regiment fell slowly back to cover of the forts, where it fought with courage and obstinacy never surpassed. The losses in killed, wounded and captured were one hundred and sixty-five and among the slain was the heroic commander, Lieutenant-Colonel James Redfield. He was first wounded in the foot but retained his command; a second shot shattered his leg but he still refused to leave his post, and directed the fight encouraging his men by example and words to hold their ground. A third ball pierced his heart and Iowa lost one of its noblest and bravest officers. Lieutenants O. C. Ayers, A. T. Blodgett, N. P. Wright and J. P Jones were also killed and O. D. Russell was severely wounded. The Thirty-ninth was in the division with Corse in Sherman’s march to Savannah and participated in that wonderful campaign to the end.
It was in the grand review at Washington at the close of the war and was mustered out of the service in that city on the 5th of June, 1865.