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moans of the wounded and dying.
On retiring from Beaver Dam creek General Porter, having, as he says, 30,000 men,
Battles and Leaders, II, p. 337. (Note—General Webb strangely says that Porter had less than 18,000 infantry at Gaines' Mill.—Peninsula Campaign, page 130.) fortified in a naturally strong position on the east bany pieces of artillery were taken (14 in all), and nearly a whole regiment of the enemy.. . Lieutenant-Colonel Avery was wounded, the command devolving upon Maj. R. F. Webb, who ably sustained his part.
Meanwhile, on Porter's right stubborn work was doing.
There Porter had placed Sykes' regulars, the flower of his corps, and zed the debris of his troops in the woods . . . his tenacity and the courage of his soldiers have only had the effect of causing him to sustain heavy loss.
General Webb says of the same advance:
Garland in front (with a North Carolina brigade) attacked the hill with impetuous courage, but soon sent for reinforcements.