James Dunicliffe, Private, Company A, 8th Regiment Louisiana Infantry, enlisted June 20, 1861 at Camp Moore, La. by Lieut. A. Gusman for the war, Colonel’s Orderly September/October 1861, captured June 6, 1862 at Harrisonburg, exchanged August 13, 1862, appointed Corporal October 15, appointed 4th Sergeant January 16, 1863, killed in battle of Fredericksburg May 4, 1863, description on enlistment: Single, 20 year old Laborer, born in Pennsylvania, resident of R. Rouge, present detailed at: Winchester, May 25, 1862, Port Republic, June 9, Gaines’ Mill, June 27, Malvern Hill, July 1, Bristoe Station, August 27, Manassas, August 29/30, Chantilly, September 1, Sharpsburg, September 17, killed at Fredericksburg, May 4, 1863
Compiled Service Records of Confederate Soldiers Who Served in Organizations from the State of Louisiana
No. 226. Report of Brigadier General Albino P. How,
U. S. Army, commanding Second Division.
HDQRS. SECOND DIVISION, SIXTH ARMY CORPS, May 10, 1863.
SIR: I have the honor to report the operations of the Second Division, Sixth Corps, from the time it crossed the Rappahannock on the evening of May 2 until it recrossed on the night of May 4-5. . . . .
. . . Early on the morning of the 4th, the enemy showed himself on my left and rear, on the Richmond and Fredericksburg road. I then threw back my left, resting it on the river, between Fredericksburg and Banks' Ford, my right resting on the Chancellorsville road and connecting with the division on my right. My line was now some 2 miles in length, with less than 6,000 men upon it. . . .
. . . About 1 p. m. I received reliable information that the enemy was assembling a force largely outnumbering my division immediately in rear of Fredericksburg for another attack. After the repulse which the enemy had met with in the morning, I expected if he made a second attack it would be mainly directed upon my left. I therefore carefully examined the ground, and made arrangements so that in case our left was unable to hold its position it could fall back some little distance behind the left of a small covering of woods which was immediately in rear of the center of my first line.
In this covering of woods I held a portion of my reserve force ready, in case the enemy should force my left, to make a flank attack, should he attempt to advance. My first line was held by General Neill's brigade, strengthened by two regiments of Colonel Grant's brigade.
About 5 p. m. the enemy advanced with a strong line of battle and attacked my left and center, and followed this with a heavy column upon my left. The attack from the enemy's left was successfully broken, and, my right advancing, we succeeded in taking a large number of prisoners, among them 21 officers and nearly all of the men of the Eighth Louisiana Regiment. . . .
I am, colonel, very respectfully, your obedient servant,
A. P. HOWE,
Brigadier-General, Commanding Division.
OR Vol. 25 Pt. 1 pp. 600/1