"Their Conduct was Worthy of Veterans"

"Their Conduct was Worthy of Veterans" (HM77J)

Location: Newport News, VA 23608
Country: United States of America

N 37° 11.117', W 76° 32.357'

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1862 Peninsula Campaign

Brigadier General William Smith massed 18 cannons in an open field within 500 yards of the opposite shore. In addition, General Smith deployed Brigadier General William T.H. Brooks's Vermont Brigade along the Warwick River with two brigades in support. Four companies of Colonel Breed N. Hyde's 3rd Vermont Infantry were selected to cross the river under the command of Captain Fernando Harrington. Moreover, Brooks gave Corporal Alonzo Hutchinson a white handkerchief as a signal for reinforcements. Around 3:00 p.m., the Union attack proceeded under the covering fire of the artillery.

The Green Mountain boys waded into the Warwick and met a hail of bullets. Major General George McClellan reported that "their conduct was worthy of veterans."

The Vermonters, dragging their wounded onto the bank, captured the Confederate rifle pits and waited for the expected counterattack. Pickets from the 15th North Carolina Infantry fell back, and Colonel Robert M. McKinney stopped his Tarheels from constructing earthworks and charged the soaked Vermonters. The counterattack soon faltered after Colonel McKinney fell with a bullet in the forehead, and the regiment received an unauthorized order to retreat. The Vermont troops, however, occupied a precarious position with wet ammunition and no sign of reinforcements.
HM NumberHM77J
Series This marker is part of the Virginia Civil War Trails series
Placed ByVirginia Civil War Trails
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Date Added Thursday, October 9th, 2014 at 11:56pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 363369 N 4116536
Decimal Degrees37.18528333, -76.53928333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 11.117', W 76° 32.357'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 11' 7.02" N, 76° 32' 21.42" W
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Area Code(s)757, 301
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 10001 Twin Forts Loop, Newport News VA 23608, US
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