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NARA Records on Otis McOmber:

Pension file page, describing capture on May 5, 1864: JPEG

Pension file page, describing Andersonville & effects on Otis following the war: JPEG

Summary of May 5, 1864 Co. B 76th NYVI from NARA Records:

In the early morning hours of May 5th the Division broke camp and marched from Wilderness Tavern along the Parker's Store Road, Rice's Brigade in the lead of the Division. After moving about 2 miles the division formed in line of battle at about 8:00 am and subsequently moved onto the dense woods of the Wilderness where they became heavily engaged with the enemy. As part of this move, three companies of the 76th NY were thrown out as skirmishers to protect the left flank of the brigade - Companies B, F, and K. Otis would have been with his company on the skirmish line.

Companies B, F, and K were subsequently cut off from the brigade when it was compelled to retire. They fought as skirmishers against superior numbers suffering many killed, wounded, and captured. A portion of Co. B in one instance engaged in hand-to-hand combat to protect their right flank. The Cortland County boys, with several companies from other regiments also cut off, attempted to march out of the Wilderness, but they were ambushed by Confederate forces. Virtually all those trying to so withdraw were killed outright or wounded and captured. The rest fled but were, almost to a man, captured.