from the April 11th, 1865 edition of The Detroit Advertiser and Tribune,
page 4, column 4.
Goldsboro, N.C., March 26, 1865
On the 19th inst.,
we fought a very severs battle 20 miles from this place. The battle commenced
about 10o’clock. Our division led the attack. The second division soon
followed and was hotly engaged until after dark. The rebels massed their
forces, in front of the first division, when we charged them and were replaced.
The rebel charged in four columns deep and broke the lines of the first and
third brigades. The 13th Michigan and 69th Ohio were routed, but the 21st
held its ground until ordered to retreat. By this time 20th corps came to
our assistance and with the help of artillery that had get into position
we drove the rebels. They re-formed their lines and made charge after charges
even times in succession, but we repulsed them each time. That ended the
fighting for that day. On the 20th the rebels attacked the 15th corps and
were badly whipped and the next day retreated. Our loss in the two brigades
mot hotly engaged was very large especially in wounded. I cannot give the
exact number. The boys are cheerful and with a few exception, the health
of the regiment is good. Four commissioned officers of the regiment are wounded.
L. M. C.
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