Turning his head instinctively down and toward the side, another ball almost immediately struck him in the ear, passing into his throat and injuring the larynx.
It was undoubtedly from a rebel sharpshooter in a tree.
While encamping in the breastworks after this little fight, the cooks remained in the old camp and the food was brought out to the regiment by them, or, when they could be spared, by a detail of two men from each company.
One day, no detail being made, two men on special duty started up the railroad for their company quarters, bearing between them on two sticks a kettle of coffee and one of food.
When about half way to the breast works, the Confederates
sent a shell down the track from a gun on a platform car which they had run down almost to the picket lines.
Thinking that it was sent for them and that it was an attack on the ‘base of supplies,’ they dropped the stick and took to the woods, while the kettles were left, overturned, on the railroad.
Dinner was not served that day to Company C.
On the night of June 25, the enemy made an attack to break the line, but were repulsed.
This attack was probably made to see if the Union
forces were retreating.
The troops on the right of the Army of the Potomac made a desperate attempt to cross the Chickahominy river
, which ran diagonally through the Union
lines, thus splitting the army in two.
The enemy was as desperately determined that such a thing should not occur, as, once across, the investment of Richmond
would be complete and their right would present a continuous line to the Union
centre and left.
Consequently the enemy hurled his strongest battalions against Porter
's Fifth Army Corps, resulting in the battle of Mechanicsville
on June 26 and Gaines' Mills on June 27.