back we went.
Our loss was very heavy for the short time engaged.
of Company H and several men were killed; Lieut. J. H. Rice
, Sergt. Samuel H. Smith
, William R. Meldon
, Benjamin Jellison
and others, in all about sixty, badly wounded.
While we had been under fire nearly all the time since arriving at Yorktown
, this was the first square fight in which we had been engaged.
We had no chance for the use of tactics as the woods were thick and we could see little of the enemy; but the officers and men behaved splendidly, and our only regret was to lose so many and accomplish nothing, an experience that the Army of the Potomac often had in the battles that followed.