|Death: ||Nov. 25, 1863|
Corpl Co G 49th Ohio Infantry.
Entered service March 1, 1862, age 21.
Appointed Corporal April 3, 1863.
Killed Nov 25, 1863, in battle of Mission Ridge, Tenn.
…The morning of the 24th found us strongly intrenched... and remained in reserve until 1 p.m. on the 25th, when we again took position in the first line. At 3.30 o'clock I was ordered, by the general commanding brigade, at the signal of six guns, fired in quick succession from the battery on Orchard Knob, to advance and occupy the rifle-pits of the enemy at the foot of Missionary Ridge. The signal was given at 4 o'clock, the line of battle being formed as on the first day. I ordered the regiment forward, with my front covered by Company C, Captain Greer; Company I, Captain Tyler, and Company H, Lieutenant Miles. An advance of a few rods brought these companies under fire from the intrenched position of the enemy, and without stopping to fire they charged gallantly forward, and with their bayonets captured the works. So daring and rapid was the movement that the enemy threw down their guns and suffered themselves to be captured by a force numerically greatly inferior. Our line of battle advanced in quick time through the woods in our front for about 300 yards, when, emerging from the woods into an open field, the enemy opened on us with all his batteries on the ridge, filling the air all around with exploding shells. At this juncture the order "double-quick" was given, in order to gain the protection of the works almost captured by our skirmishers. The order was promptly and cheerfully obeyed, but on reaching them they were found insufficient and altogether untenable; to have stopped here would have been annihilation. We were now receiving a murderous fire from infantry and artillery posted on the hill above. We therefore pushed forward and gained a position under the hill, the enemy being unable to depress his artillery sufficiently to reach us. Having advanced over a distance of half a mile at double-quick my men were completely exhausted, and we halted to rest, taking such shelter as we could find, behind small stumps, logs, and inequalities of the ground.
The fire to which we were now exposed was terrific beyond conception, and from the position we occupied we were unable to check it by firing; our only hope was to charge the hill.
The order to advance was again given, and the men went bravely forward, toiling up the hill, going step by step, until the crest was reached, and the enemy in our front completely routed…
-from No. 70. Report of Maj. Samuel F. Gray, Forty-ninth Ohio Infantry. The war of the rebellion: a compilation of the official records of the Union and Confederate armies. ; Series 1 - Volume 31 (Part II) page 277-8
Notes from one who removed the remains from the battlefield burial to Chattanooga National Cemetery:
B. Emerson. [No regiment or other identification.] Body was found twenty feet south of a rebel rifle pit about one thousand feet west of the foot of Mission Ridge and due east of Orchard Knob.
Re-interred to National Cemetery on Oct 19, 1867. Grave originally numbered P 836.
Family information provided by genielady2012 (#47856837).
United States General Index to Pension Files, 1861-1934
pension: 1886 Ohio, United States
other: Margaret Emerson
Name: Bartholomew Emerson
Event Type: Census
Event Year: 1860
Event Place: Eden Township, Seneca, Ohio, United States
Race (Original): [Blank]
Birth Year (Estimated): 1841
Household ID: 765
Affiliate Name: The U.S. National Archives and Records Administration (NARA)
Affiliate Publication Number: M653
GS Film Number: 805035
Digital Folder Number: 004284224
Image Number: 00156
Household Gender Age Birthplace
John Emerson M 48 Virginia
Margaret Emerson F 48 Maryland
Leonard Emerson M 21 Virginia
Bartholomew Emerson M 19 Virginia
William W Emerson M 17 Virginia
John H Emerson M 15 Virginia
Rudolph G Emerson M 13 Ohio
Daniel R Emerson M 7 Ohio
Eliza Emerson M 13 Ohio
Chattanooga National Cemetery
Plot: P, 6383
Maintained by: Janet
Originally Created by: US Veterans Affairs Offi...
Record added: Mar 04, 2000
Find A Grave Memorial# 2979672
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