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[168] regiment, supported by the Third Georgia, Maj. J. R. Sturges, aided by Capt. Frank Huger's battery, gallantly participated in the fight, holding their ground under a murderous fire, and then pushed back a largely superior force of the enemy. The Federals still holding their position on the right, late in the day, General Wright sent against them the Fourth Georgia and Hill's North Carolina regiment. ‘This order was promptly obeyed by Colonel Doles, who with his small command, now worn out and completely exhausted by the fatigue and want of rest on the night before, and the constant fight during the whole day, rushed forward and soon found themselves confronted by Sickles' brigade, strongly posted in a thick growth of pines.’ The fire here for twenty minutes was furious and terrific, but the gallant Fourth pressed on. ‘Soon a charge was ordered, and then they rushed forward and at the point of the bayonet drove the enemy in great disorder and confusion through the woods to Kings' schoolhouse, where they were temporarily rallied; but another deadly volley from the Fourth, followed by a dashing charge, and the enemy fled from their position, leaving us masters of the field, and in possession of a great number of prisoners, besides most of their killed and a few of their wounded.’ Such was the vigorous report of the day's fight from General Wright, who complimented Colonel Doles and his regiment with particular warmth, and permitted them to inscribe upon their colors the name of the battle—‘King's Schoolhouse.’

The following day Gen. A. P. Hill crossed the Chickahominy to make an attack which was expected to have the support of Stonewall Jackson, beginning the strong flank movement which General Lee relied upon to crush the Federal army, while Huger and Magruder held the line before Richmond. The battle of Mechanicsville followed, in which J. R. Anderson's brigade was particularly distinguished. ‘Anderson, with the Thirty-fifth Georgia, Col. E. L. Thomas leading,’ as stated in the

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