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[154] of the 21st we moved to the right, following Scales's brigade, to a church some distance to the right of the Court-house. Here we turned to the left, marched beyond the works, and formed the Thirty-third, Twenty-eighth, and Thirty-seventh regiments in line of battle in the woods to the left of a small road; the Seventh and Eighteenth, under Colonel Barry, being formed in rear as a support. In obedience to orders, we then advanced through an almost impenetrable abattis, dislodged and drove back a strong line of the enemy's skirmishers, and held their main line of breastworks until after dark, when we were ordered back to the church.

In this charge Lieutenant E. S. Edwards, Company G, Twenty-eighth North Carolina, was killed. Lieutenant Edwards was regarded by Colonel Speer as one of his best officers.

That night we commenced our march in the direction of Ashland.

List of casualties in the charge on the 21st May:

Officers.Men.Officers.Men.Officers.Men.Officers.Men.Officers and men.
Seventh North Carolina Troops, 1 1   88
Eighteenth North Carolina Troops,   1 3 44
Twenty-eighth North Carolina Troops,1  2  123
Thirty-third North Carolina Troops,         
Thirty-seventh North Carolina Troops,  12  123
Grand Total11112 321618

Officers killed.

Twenty-eighth regiment--Lieutenant E. S. Edwards, Company G.

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