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Brigadier-General Ellison Capers, Confederate Military History, a library of Confederate States Military History: Volume 5, South Carolina (ed. Clement Anselm Evans), Chapter 3: (search)
Harbor, driving out the enemy, and formed in line of battle on the hillside beyond. He found the enemy above him and desired to attack, but being refused, lay in position until 4 p. m., the artillery firing going on overhead. General Lee thus describes Porter's position, at which the battle of Gaines' Mill, or Cold Harbor, was fought on the afternoon and evening of the 27th of June: He occupied a range of hills resting in the vicinity of the McGehee house and his left near that of Dr. Gaines, on a wooded bluff,. which rose abruptly from a deep ravine. The ravine was filled with sharpshooters, to whom its banks gave great protection. A second line of infantry was stationed on the side of the hill behind a breastwork of trees above the first; a third occupied the crest, strengthened with rifle trenches and crowned with artillery. The approach to this position was over an open plain, about a quarter of a mile wide, commanded by this triple line of fire and swept by the heavy
Brigadier-General Ellison Capers, Confederate Military History, a library of Confederate States Military History: Volume 5, South Carolina (ed. Clement Anselm Evans), Additional Sketches Illustrating the services of officers and Privates and patriotic citizens of South Carolina. (search)
rvice constantly, never missing a single battle in which his command was engaged. Though a participant in so many great battles, he was wounded but twice, and then only slightly. In the first battle in which Orr's regiment participated, that of Gaines' Mill, it left 90 of its members dead upon the field, and Mr. Eskew and a fellow private, David Simmons, were the only two members of Company D that passed unharmed through the Seven Days fight, ending at Malvern Hill. When the war closed he waHe is an expert bookkeeper, and has been associated with various important businesses. He was married in 1849 to Roxanna P. Broadway, and they have two children living: Basil M., pastor of the Baptist church at Senoia, Ga.; and Mary, wife of Arthur Gaines, of Greenville. Hansford D. Padgett, clerk of the court of common pleas and general sessions of Colleton county, S. C., was born in that county in 1840, and was reared and educated there. He entered the Confederate service in the fall of