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ation and protect our flanks — leaving about 100,000 to be disposed of. A very large percentage of sick were then to be subtracted.
It is not very extravagant to say that wounds and deaths at Yorktown cost us 1,000 men; Williamsburg, 8,000; West Point, 250; Hanover Court-House, 500; Fair Oaks, so say official bulletins, 5,700.
I wish I could believe that were all. Skirmishes and affairs before Richmond, 1,000 at least; Mechanicville, 300; Gaines's Mill, 7,500; Savage's Station, 1,000; White Oak Swamp and Turkey Creek — oh, how many!
Where are the stragglers?
To be sure, the enemy have lost full as many; but they could afford it. Without attempting to estimate the average number of sick.
I will give one exceptional face which may cause you to shudder.
When General Casey's division landed at Fortress Monroe it numbered 13,000 men, when his division was routed at Seven Pines it numbered less than 6,000 --all the rest were dead and in the hospital.
But no other division suffer