From a Seneca County, New York newspaper in 1862:
Letter from Col. Taylor.
The Rochester Democrat of Monday publishes the following extract from a letter written by Col. TAYLOR, of the 33d Regiment, to his wife, in that city:
JAMES RIVER, July 4th, 1862.
I am here safe, after a long and tedious march, with six days’ hard fighting. thank God I am unhurt, but worn out with fatigue. We expect a few day’s rest. The 33d has done honor to itself and honer to me. They sustained an attack of two regiments, and repulsed them with terrible loss on their side, and very small on our side. The only officer killed, was a Lieut. Church, of Geneseo. He was killed at camp Lincoln. I have lost several prisoners, among whom, are the assistant Surgeon, Dickerson, and Capt. Hamilton, of Co. G. Please have the names put in the paper. Will write in a few days again, must close this now. Don’t fee
According to The story of the Thirty-third N.Y.S. vols.; or, two years campaigning in Virginia and Maryland by David W. Judd (page 130), Lieut. Church left the comparative safety of the earthworks and fired at the approaching enemy until he was “pierced through the head with a minie ball.”