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The Daily Dispatch: May 2, 1864., [Electronic resource], History of the capture of Plymouth, North Carolina. (search)
ering for position, our infantry did nothing. Toward evening, however, it became evident that something was on foot; and Ransom's brigade, with the 8th N C, was drawn up in the woods facing the works on the Washington, Lee's Mill and Bath roads. A he had fought gallantly at Warren Neck.--Hoke's men had taken Fort Wessell with three guns and sixty prisoners. It was now Ransom's turn. The Columbia road, which enters the town at its eastern extremity, running parallel with the river and near it, crosses Conabay creek about a mile from town To this point Ransom's brigade, the 8th North Carolina and Pegram's battery marched late in the evening of the 19th behind a screen of woods, which hid the movement from the enemy, and reached the creek skirmishers was thrown out before the brigade under command of Capt Durham, Q M, 29th N C T, but acting temporarily on Gen Ransom's staff. The assault. At just 3½ in the morning of the 20th our line began to move forward, slowly at first, d
ssed forward, and finally met the rebels in strong force under Kirby Smith, Dick Taylor, Mouton, Greene, and Price, with from eighteen to twenty two thousand men. There was brisk skirmishing, and final the rebels came on in force, Gens. Banks and Ransom being upon the field. Franklin was sent for, but before he came up the rebel successes had been great. They made desperate charges in mass, and were desperately resisted The losses on both sides were frightful. Finally, after Franklin had come up, the Federal force was driven back three and a half miles, but the enemy were checked with fearful slaughter by two brigades under Gen. Emory.--Night put an end to the contest. The Federals were under Banks, Ransom, Stone, and Lee.--Many guns were lost On the rebel side it is known that General Mouton was killed. The third day's battle a Union victory. By falling back Gen. Banks had effected a junction with Gen A J Smith, and arrangements were made to receive the enemy with effect.
ch was taken up, and, preceded by the Armory Band, they were conducted to their respective quarters, the officers being taken to No. 4 Hospital, on 10th street, and the privates and noncommissioned officers proceeding to Chimborazo. The following is a list of the officers who were sent to the hospital. The balance of those who came up by flag of truce have taken quarters at the different hotels and the private residences of friends in the city: Lt Col J J Jolly, 43d Ala; Major L M Ransom, 1st Ark; Adjt J P Gaston, 64th N C; Adjt J S Williamson, 14th Ala. Captains — F A Bond, co A, 1st Md cav; J G Thomasson, E, 52d Tenn; R G Howard, I, 21st S C; R Bingham, G, 44th N C; J A Himrant, C, 12th S C; M J Taylor, C, 13th Ala; T H Francis, A, 4th Tenn; J R Coley, H, 10th Ga; E D Oliver, I, 18th Va; W A Blankinship, F, 25th Va. Lieutenants — M E McKewen, co B, 1st Md cav; T R Bean, F, 24th Texas cav; J K McBride, C, 9th Ala; W J Byrd, C, 16th N C; T H Griffin, C, 18th Miss;