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What the War records show.

This is what the war records show of this last charge of the war in the West, made by Colonel Henderson, Series 1, Volume 47, page 1057: In the report of General J. E. Johnston to General R. E. Lee, speaking of our combined attack on the Seventeenth corps, he said Lieutenant Hardee, dispatched to that point with the reserves, met it in front with Cummings's (Georgia) brigade—the only infantry up—while cavalry, directed by Lieutenant-General Hampton and Major-General Wheeler, was thrown upon its flanks, and by combined attacks this corps was promptly driven back. In this engagement Cummings's brigade, under Colonel Henderson, and the Eighth Texas cavalry, distinguished themselves. In the latter General Hardee's son, a very promising youth of sixteen, fell mortally wounded, when gallantly charging in the front rank.

Finding during the night that Schofield had reached Goldsboro, and that Sherman was moving towards Cox's brigade, and that all our wounded who could bear transportation had been removed, we moved to the neighborhood of Smithfield Station. General Johnston says further in same report: ‘We took about 15,000 men into action on the 19th—the enemy's force numbering above 20,000, and afterwards increased by 10,000 more.’ Then, he says further on, that on the 20th and 21st, the whole army was before us, amounting to nearly 44,000, our losses in the three days engagements amounted to 224 killed and 1,470 wounded, and several hundred missing. The enemy's loss was far greater than ours. General Johnston also states in conclusion, that the moral effect on our army was greatly improved by our success.


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