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D. H. Hill, Jr., Confederate Military History, a library of Confederate States Military History: Volume 4, North Carolina (ed. Clement Anselm Evans) 7 1 Browse Search
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sses of the morning were lost. The disappearance of Sedgwick ended the serious fighting on the left. But Sumner's remaining divisions, commanded by French and Richardson, were already on the march against the Confederate center. The center was held by D. H. Hill. Three of his brigades had been used since early morning in the bthe line. So Hill was left with only the Alabama brigade of Rodes and the North Carolina brigade of G. B. Anderson to stand against the divisions of French and Richardson. To his left, the Twentysev-enth North Carolina and Third Alabama of Walker's brigade were still bravely in line. Against these two brigades and some regimental fragments, Richardson and French moved. They came, says General Longstreet, in brave style, in full appreciation of the work in hand, marched better than on drill, unfolded banners making gay their gallant step. But these were no holiday soldiers; they struck long and hard, The losses in these two divisions in their attack
of the spring campaign, these troops were sent in all directions. After General Foster's return to New Bern from Goldsboro, his force around New Bern showed little activity. Some expeditions were occasionally sent out, resulting in skirmishes or minor engagements. At Sandy Ridge, on the 13th of February, the Fifty-eighth Pennsylvania infantry had a skirmish with a detachment from the Eighth North Carolina regiment, in which 4 North Carolinians were wounded. An expedition under Capt. Colin Richardson, of the Third New York cavalry, engaged some militia near Swan Quarter and Fairfield on the 4th of May. In these two skirmishes the Federals lost 18 men. During this spring, enormous supplies of meal and meat for the maintenance of the Confederate armies were drawn from North Carolina, and military operations in Virginia and North Carolina were made to so shape themselves as to facilitate the collection of these supplies. Shortly after General Longstreet was assigned to command