The 96th Pennsylvania in the Overland Campaign: May 9, 1864

From Corporal Keiser’s Diary:

Monday, May 9, 1864.  The Rebels fired a volley into some teams last night.  At 9 a.m. the 5th Corps took our place and we moved a short distance to the left and took up a line of battle in a woods.  The front line began throwing up rifle pits.  Heard that Gen. Sedgwick our Corps Commander, had been shot in the head by a Rebel sharpshooter, killing him instantly.  He was stationing a battery at the time.  At seven this evening there was hard fighting on our right.  The day was very warm.

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