Friday, May 16, 2014

Battle of Drewry Bluff - Day 5

Monday, May 16, 1864

This morning at 5:00 A.M. the Confederates attacked the Union line in a dense, enveloping fog. Over the next four hours the Thirteenth New Hampshire drove back three Confederate charges and held their portion of the line. Around 9:00 A.M. the Thirteenth withdrew from their position to form a new line of battle with their brigade, where the Thirteenth New Hampshire repelled a Confederate charge. The major fighting for the day ceased by 2:30 P.M. Company E of the Thirteenth New Hampshire returned to their regiment encamped at Bermuda Hundred around 10:30 P.M. after a hard day of fighting on the skirmish line. Although the Thirteenth New Hampshire performed well this day, many other units suffered heavily by wounding or capture during the early morning attacks in the fog.1

1S. Millett Thompson, Thirteenth Regiment of New Hampshire Volunteer Infantry in the War of the Rebellion, 1861-1865 : A Diary Covering Three Years and a Day (Boston, Massachusetts: Houghton, Mifflin and Company, 1888), 292-322.

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