d to the crude hospitals in the rear, wore a North Carolina uniform.
Every fifth bullet that helped to raise the Union casualties to 15,849 was from a North Carolina musket.
The first of these desperate encounters was at Mechanicsville and Beaver Dam.
In spite of a constantly erroneous statement of numbers, this engagement was between four brigades (not counting brigades present, but not materially engaged) of Fitz John Porter, and five brigades of A. P. Hill, assisted just before dusk by tles and Leaders, II, p. 337. (Note—General Webb strangely says that Porter had less than 18,000 infantry at Gaines' Mill.—Peninsula Campaign, page 130.) fortified in a naturally strong position on the east bank of Powhite creek, six miles from Beaver Dam.
Crowning every available prominence with batteries to sweep the roads, and also posting batteries or sections of batteries between his brigades, he, with Sykes' division of regulars, Morell's and McCall's divisions, and later with Slocum's di