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Michigan Colonel Norval E. Welch leads his men at the Battle of Peeble's Farm, leaping the enemy parapet

Colonel N.E. Welch of 16th Michigan leaping the parapet at Peeble's Farm, Virginia, September 30, 1864, artist's impression
09/30/1864
Colonel Norval E. Welch commanded the Sixteenth Michigan Volunteer Infantry at Little Round Top the year before and was again in the thick of the fighting at the Battle of Peeble's Farm.  The 29-year old from Ann Arbor, leading his regiment in a direct attack on an entrenched Confederate position, reportedly leaped sword in hand over the enemy parapet, before being shot down moments later, hit in the head with two musket balls. The attack succeeded. (By John Osborne)    
Source Citation: 
"Grant's Campaign Against Richmond," Harper's Weekly, October 22, 1864, p. 684.
John Robertson (ed.), Michigan in the War (Lansing, MI:  W.S. George & Company, State Printers, 1882), 369-370.