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Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 23. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), chapter 1.13 (search)
Kirkland's Brigade, Hoke's Division, 1864-‘65. [from the Raleigh (N. C.) State, November 19, 1895.] During the fall and winter of 1864, Longstreet's corps, composed of the divisions of Field, Kershaw, and Hoke, defended the lines on the north side of James river, confronted by General B. F. Butler's Army of the James. Late in December Butler's army was sent on its expedition against Fort Fisher, N. C., and Hoke's Division was ordered to proceed to Wilmington to meet Butler. Kirkla
bombarded Fort Fisher for two days, but inflicted slight loss.
Kirkland's bold and spirited defense must have convinced Butler that we had a large force, as Koontz had told him that Longstreet was there with his three divisions-Hoke, Field, and Kershaw.
The fact is, that we did not have two thousand men of all arms to oppose him, and no infantry except the two regiments of Kirkland's Brigade.
Why Butler was considered fit to be a general I don't know, unless his tyranny and oppression of n
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 23. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones),
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