though laboring under the effects of disease.’
Capt. D. B. Henry
and Lieut. H. H. Roberts
were among the killed.
In the same battle the Nineteenth Georgia, of Archer
's brigade, lost its gallant commander, Lieut.-Col. Thomas C. Johnson
, who fell cheering his men in action; Lieut. Joseph Dunlap
was also killed in the midst of the conflict.
's brigade, of D. H. Hill
's division, joined A. P. Hill
before the close of this fight, bringing into action the Forty-fourth and Forty-eighth Georgia.
Just before dark they advanced over very difficult ground under a heavy fire, and suffered great loss.
‘Of the Forty-fourth Georgia,’ General Ripley
reported, ‘Col. Robert A. Smith
and Lieut.-Col. John B. Estes
fell wounded, the former mortally, besides 2 captains and 10 lieutenants killed and wounded.
The Forty-eighth Georgia, Colonel Gibson
, had a more advantageous position and suffered less severely. . . . The loss of non-commissioned officers and privates was heavy in the extreme.’
In the Forty-fourth Georgia there were 335 killed and wounded, including every field officer, either killed or wounded.
Next morning, as the Confederates
advanced, the enemy fell back to Gaines' Mill
and Cold Harbor, where A. P. Hill
followed and made desperate efforts to break the Federal
‘The Thirty-fifth Georgia drove through the enemy's lines like a wedge, but it was all of no avail.’
's Forty-fifth was also in the fight, and the Nineteenth Georgia lost all its field officers.
, killed in the gallant discharge of duty, and Sergt.-Maj. J. W. Williams
were especially commended by General Archer
The heroic fragment of the Forty-fourth, 179 strong, under Capts. J. W. Beck
and Samuel P. Lumpkin
, were still at the front in this as in subsequent battles.
Toward the close of this battle Longstreet
threw their forces to the relief of A. P. Hill
, and defeated the Federal
The Eighteenth Georgia, under