NP: June 11, 1864 Raleigh Confederate: Hoke’s Brigade, June 7

   

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Editor’s Note: This article was transcribed by Brett Schulte.

Hoke’s Brigade.
Near Gaines’ Mill, June 7, 1864.

Editors Confederate: On Friday night [June 3, 1864] about 10 o’clock, a furious attack was made by the enemy upon that part of our lines defended by the divisions of Gens. Hoke, Breckinridge and Finnigan [sic]. For an hour the roar of artillery and musketry was awfully grand and exciting. As soon as the strm of battle had lulled, Gen. Hoke sent word along the line to our left, “All’s well.” ‘Tis surprising how intelligence may be thus speedily carried along the line of battle in this way, one man pronouncing it after another. The enemy had been driven back, with great slaughter, at all points. For the balance of the the night, comparative quiet reigned.

On Saturday the usual and continual crack of the sharpshooter’s rifles, with occasional salutes of artillery, prevailed all day. About 10 o’clock at night, each army thought the other was advancing to the attack, near the point of Cold Harbor, and for some time we had the stillness of the night disturbed by some of the heaviest firing of musketry and artillery that we have yet heard on the Chickahominy ; in the affair, but little harm is said to have been done.

On Sunday night, the 5th, Grant fell back on his right wing, abandoning his breastworks for some distance. This move seems to have been made in haste and confusion, from the plunder left behind. Early’s division followed him up in pursuit, capturing about sixty prisoners. We had advanced a little more than a mile when we began to feel the enemy’s skirmishers ; our shaprshooters went to work with a good appetite, and late in the evening the enemy’s skirmishers were driven back upon their line of battle. Quite a number of our brave Carolinians were wounded in this sharp skirmish, and I am sorry to record it, that George A. Thompson, of Alamance, 6th Reg., was killed. No better soldier has fallen in this “cruel war.” Grant is still falling back towards our right, as if he, like McClelland [sic], wished to “change his base” to James river. This morning our corps are moving in the same direction, and very sharp skirmishing has been going on since daylight, near Gaines’ mill. So far as this army is concerned, I can say in the language of Gen. Hoke, at the close of the fight on Friday night, “All is well.”                               SIGMA1

Source:

  1. No Title. Raleigh Confederate. June 11, 1864, p. 2 col. 6

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