"The Bullets Would Whistle Around my Head"

"The Bullets Would Whistle Around my Head" (HM77X)

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

N 37° 11.187', W 76° 32.39'

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1862 Peninsula Campaign

After the 15th North Carolina's repulse, Brigadier General Howell Cobb (a former governor of Georgia and secretary of treasury) rallied the Confederates and prepared to drive the Vermonters into the water. Cobb commanded a brigade in Brigadier General Lafayette McLaw's division and reinforced the line with the 7th, 8th, 11th, and 16th Georgia Infantry regiments. With great noise and shouting, the Georgians attacked Captain Samuel Pingree's beleaguered command and forced their withdrawal across the Warwick River. Thus, Cobb's troops lined the rifle pits and fired at their fleeing enemy crossing the Warwick. This was the first battle for most of Cobb's brigade. Private Eli Landers of the 16th Georgia wrote, "It did not frighten me as bad as I expected it would but I tell you when the bullets would whistle around my head I felt sort of ticklish."

Brigadier General William Smith, once again lucid from his fall, planned another attack against Dam No. 1. At 5:00 p.m., 22 Union cannons hurled shot and shell into the Confederate works. Smith ordered Colonel Edwin Stoughton's 4th Vermont Infantry to cross the dam and Colonel Nathan Lord's 6th Vermont Infantry to recapture the rifle pits. General McLaws, however, had his entire division at Dam No. 1 and quickly repelled the Union attack. Darkness prevented another assault, and the fighting resulted in 165 Union and 90 Confederate casualties.
HM NumberHM77X
Series This marker is part of the Virginia Civil War Trails series
Historical PeriodCivil War
Historical PlaceBattlefield
Marker TypeOther
Marker ClassHistorical Marker
Marker StyleInterpretative Marker / Sign
Placed ByVirginia Civil War Trails
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014 at 3:53pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 363322 N 4116666
Decimal Degrees37.18645000, -76.53983333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 11.187', W 76° 32.39'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 11' 11.2200" N, 76° 32' 23.4000" W
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Area Code(s)757, 301
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Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling West
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 10001 Twin Forts Loop, Newport News VA 23608, US
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