right, held by Fitz John Porter, and all had failed; and we soon knew why. He had twenty thousand United States regulars behind the strongest field fortifications that I had ever seen, both from construction and position.
The battle of Gaines' Mill
one of the most sanguinary conflicts of the Seven Days Battle, occurred June 27th, and General Stonewall Jackson
thus reports of two of the brigades of General Whiting
's division (although the General
was only a Brigadier in actual rank). Jackson
Dashing on with unfaltering step, in the face of those murderous discharges of canister and musketry, General Hood and Col. E. M. Law, at the head of their respective brigades, rushed to the charge with a yell.
Moving down a precipitous ravine, leaping ditch and stream, clambering up a difficult ascent, and exposed to an incessant and deadly fire from the entrenchments, these brave and determined men pressed forward, driving the enemy from his well-selected and fortified position.
In this charge, in which upwards of a thousand men fell, killed and wounded, before the fire of the enemy, and in which fourteen pieces of artillery and nearly a regiment were captured, the Fourth Texas, under the lead of General Hood, were the first to pierce these strongholds and seize the guns.
The Sixth North Carolina participated in this famous charge.
General E. M. Law
, commanding one of these brigades under Whiting
, describes the action fully in the ‘Southern Bivouac’ (1867). He says:
By 5 P. M., on the 27th June, the battle of Gaines' Mill
was in full progress all along the lines.
's and A. P. Hill
's men were attacking in the most determined manner, but were met with a courage as obstinate as their own, by the Federals
who held the works.
After each bloody repulse, the Confederates
only waited long enough to reform their shattered lines, or to bring up their supports, when they would again return to the assault.
Besides the terrific fire in front, a battery of heavy guns on the south side of the Chickahominy
was in full play upon their right flank.
There was no opportunity for manoeuvering or flank attacks, as was the case with D. H. Hill
, on our extreme left.
The enemy was directly in front, and he could only be reached in that direction.
If he could not be driven out before night it would be equivalent to a