At the time of this engagement the color guard had been reduced from eight members, at the beginning of the campaign, to three members. Of the three members present Corporal Burt Inman of Company H was wounded and private John Mitchell of Company F was killed, leaving only Corporal George W. Wing of Company C with the colors. Soon after the retreat began Corporal Wing, who had the flag, fell exhausted to the ground. In retreating the writer came to Corporal Wing, lying upon the ground with the colors by his side, and said to him : "Wing, can I help you ?" He replied : "No, don't mind me, take the flag." There was no time for deliberation. The flag was carried a short distance to the rear and used to rally the regiment.
INMAN, BURT.—Age 19 years. Enlisted, September 15, 1861, at Albany, to serve three years; mustered in as private, Co. H, September 20, 1861; promoted corporal, April 27, 1864; wounded in action. May 8, 1864, at Laurel Hill, Va.; mustered out with company, October 11,1861, at Albany, N. Y
MITCHELL, JOHN.—Age, 19 years. Enlisted, September 3, 1861, at Albany, to serve three years; mustered in as private, Co. F, September 6, 1861; killed in action, May 8, 1861, at Laurel Hill, Ya.
WING, GEORGE W.—Age, 21 years. Enlisted, August 6,1862, at Italy, to serve three years; mustered in as private, Go. C, October 3, 1862; promoted corporal, December 24, 1862; transferred
to Co. D, One Hundred and Fortieth Infantry, October 11,1864.
WING, GEORGE W.—Corporal, Co. C, Forty-fourth Infantry; transferred4 to Co. D, this regiment, October 6, 1864; transferred to Co. F, Fifth Veteran Infantry, June 3,1865.
WING, G. W.—Age, 21 years. Corporal, Co. D, One Hundred and Fortieth Infantry; transferred to Co. F, this regiment, May 31, 1865; mustered out with company, August 21, 1865, at Hart's Island, New York Harbor.