Editor’s Note: This article was transcribed by Brett Schulte.
The following article, signed North Carolina, gives us the first information of the services of Gen. Clingman’s brigade therein set forth, and the wounding of the several officers therein specified. It is greatly to be regretted that so little attention is paid to furnishing our own papers with the actions and the losses of our troops.. We should always take pleasure in ascribing the proper merit, and in conveying the information. It will be seen from this communication, that every member of Gen. Clingman’s staff was wounded, and his own escape a very narrow one.
Richmond, Va., June 3d, 1864.
Editors Confederate:–As an evidence of the activity and service of Gen. Clingman and his brigade in the recent battles in Virginia, it may be proper to mention that Gen. C. not only had the half of his hat carried away by a piece of shell, but that he lost the service of every member of his staff, viz: Capt. White, wounded on the field of battle, while doing duty, by a piece of shell; Capt. Blake, leg broken by a ball below the knee, while going for reinforcements; Capt. Burgwyn, by a minie ball through the leg, below the knee, while charging with the 51st regiment.
Gen. Clingman was thus left to attend to his numerous and arduous duties, without a single assistant, after the battle of the 1st inst. His brigade had lost heavily in these charges at the battle of Drury’s Bluff, which so elicited the praise of Gens. Beauregard and Hoke, and in which two of his regiments, the 31st and 51st, drove two brigades of the enemy from their intrenchments.
- No Title. Raleigh Confederate. June 17, 1864, p. 2 col. 2 ↩