Map of the Battle of Hanover
Court House Battlefield Maps Pictures
May 27, 1862
(Part of the Peninsular Campaign)
North Carolina Standard
The Fight at Hanover Court House
Richmond, Virginia, May 30, 1862
I give you an account of the fight
at Lebanon Church in Hanover County
on the 27th inst.
About 11:30 a.m., a captain of the Virginia cavalry informed
Charles Lee of the 37th N.C.T. that the enemy was advancing but that
he believed it would be a mere marauding
party which might be captured
by prompt action.
General Branch was at his headquarters more than a mile distant
no time could be lost, Colonel Lee at once sent three of his companies
under Lt. Col. Barber to meet them and
notified General Branch of the same.
Colonel Lee soon learned that the enemy was advancing in considerable
he, therefore, sent forward the remainder of his regiment and placed
it in line of battle across the road and sent back
for Captain Latham’s artillery
to reply to the battery which had opened upon his regiment. He also asked
Wade of the 12th N.C.T. to place his regiment in the woods on the
right to prevent flank movements. He then deployed
Company A of the 37th
as skirmishers to protect the left flank.
Captain Latham with two guns of his battery came
forward and replied
vigorously for a short time until a shell was thrown into his caisson which
caused it to explode
killing two men and two horses and wounding seven
men. Our guns ceased to fire while moving back the disabled section.
Company F of the 37th now opened fire with Enfield Rifles upon the advancing
enemy and put him to flight, killing
a lieutenant and two of his men. The
enemy now retired from view having engaged us for two hours.
Branch about this time came upon the field and ordered the 18th
and 37th forward to support Colonel Lane’s 28th
N.C.T., which had been
sent early in the morning to support two companies of the 37th on picket
some four miles distant.
These two regiments commenced to advance in
charge of Colonel Lee, the respective regiments being commanded by Col.
of the 18th and Col. Barber of the 37th.
Colonel Lee soon ascertained that the enemy had planted a battery of
on a hill in front of him with strong infantry support. This was reported to
General Branch ordered Colonel Lee to charge the battery
with the 18th and 37th. Colonel Lee sent to the General,
asking him to
cause Latham to engage the battery and to send up other infantry support
for the 18th and 37th.
18th and 37th commenced the charge—the 18th sweeping gallantly
through an open field in the face of a terrible fire
with good effect. At the
same time the 37th advanced with rapidity and steadiness through a dense
which the undergrowth was so thick that a man could not see more
than 30 steps.
The 37th rushed forward
with enthusiasm until it encountered Yankees who
were concealed behind logs, trees, and in the cut of a roadway which
bordered by a fence of cedar brush. Here the enemy had every advantage
of position while his force was vastly
superior but Colonel Lee’s men stood
like veterans. Officers and men stood as firm as rocks within fifteen
paces of the Yankee line. Volley after volley of grape from the cannon and of
minie balls from their
infantry mowed down our men, still the 37th moved
forward, driving the enemy before them. Unable to withstand the
fire of the 18th and 37th, the enemy fled from their battery, leaving their flag
in the field.
While these two regiments were fighting as only brave men can fight, and were
driving from their position the
enemy of six regiments of infantry and one battery
of artillery, strange to say, no assistance was sent to them though
Branch had at his side a battery of artillery and four regiments of infantry.
At last when no more able
to stand alone against such heavy odds, the two
regiments fell back stubbornly, contesting the ground as they retired.
had fought long, especially the 37th which had been under fire nearly six hours.
Their loss was very heavy.
The 37th had only seven companies on the field
(Companies D and E being on picket and Company B being detailed to
the wagon train), yet it lost 160 in killed, wounded and missing,
more than one out of every three men. The loss
of the 18th was quite
severe they leaving 160 of their men on the field.
Colonel Campbell’s 7th and Colonel
Wade’s 12th N.C.T. now covered the
retreat, holding the enemy in fine style. None of our other troops were
action except Capt. Saunders’ Company of the 33rd N.C.T. which, while
deployed as skirmishers, captured
a Yankee hospital and with it a surgeon,
four men and ten horses. The hospital contained 49 wounded Yankees.
Their loss was quite severe—greater, perhaps, then our own, including
Our officers all
behaved well. Colonel Lee and Major Dickerson were both
knocked from their horses by shells. Lt. Col. Barber’s
horse was killed
under him and he was slightly wounded in the neck. Adjutant William F.
was killed and then very nearly killed him.
Colonel Lane’s regiment was entirely cut off and had to take care
Colonel Lane has cause to be proud of his men. They encountered the
advance regiment of the
enemy and killed some eighty or more and captured
some 68 prisoners who were sent to Richmond.
Colonel Lane was
then opposed by a superior force which almost entirely
surrounded him yet he conducted his command off and reached Richmond
yesterday. His loss, however, is great and as many of his men broke down
and it is believed were captured by
the Yankee cavalry.
Captain Ashcraft and Farthing of the 37th with some 140 men were on picket
and started to Colonel
Lane when they heard the firing. Captain Ashcraft with
44 of his men and 15 of Captain Farthing’s escaped;
the rest, it is feared,
North Carolina Standard
June 18, 1862
note, very faded, some were illegible)
Killed, wounded and missing, Battle of Lebanon Church, May 27
Killed: J.P. Sh – brood, John El - - - - n
Wounded: George Bryant, several flesh wounds in hip,
(first name illegible)
Marsh, shot through body and both hips flesh wounds, A. Gentry, face,
probably mortal, Jonathan
Perry, elbow, W.J. Davis, arm, George Craven,
both legs, Reuben Sexton, shoulder, missing, John Ward, heel shot off by
ball, L. Cox, John Weaver, shot in legs, missing, Lowry Miller, side, missing,
H.H. He - - - trin, cheek, severe,
missing, Sgt. Reuben Darby, leg, missing
Missing: H. Blevins, David Eldreath, Jacob Eldreath, Eli Calloway, J.H.
Vannoy, Robert Gentry, W.A. Walker, Robert McCormack, John A.
Henderson(?), C.R. Carter, John Wyatt, William Walsh,
Joshua S - - - -
per, M.V. Mullins, W. Cox, Jr., W. Cox, Sr., R.R. M. Lane, George Black,
Lt. W.A. Stuart
Missing: L.H. Carlton, C.C. Miller, S. Grier
Wounded: Frank Warsham, slightly
in hip and finger, J.L. Reid, slightly in
finger, R.r. Warsham, slightly in finger
Missing: Samuel L. Hucks,
Thomas A. Sloan
Killed: James L. Caldwell, Daniel L. (last name illegible, starts with a ‘D’,
maybe Davis?), R.M. H - - key, William Willes(?)
Wounded: Lt. George R. - - - - ath, mortally wounded, shot in
A.L. Bell, slightly wounded in thumb, Thomas P - - - - - -, finger shot off,
William J. Martin, breast injured,
Jno Wallace in shoulder, Sgt. P.(?) M.
Sales, arm, L. Bu - - - in arm, A.S. Hannah in thigh, one name totally illegible
A. Anderson, W. Anderson, J.B. Barlow, J.A. Botnigarm(?), L.
Dala(?) or Dale(?), J.C. Howell, B.H. Kelley, Moses Treadway
Killed: Jas. Robinette, W.P. Robinette, J.B. Robinette, Anderson Reid,
John N. Austin
H.P.(or F.?) Echart(?), shot through jaw and half of tongue cut
off; Lawson Crench(?), slightly in jaw, A. Brown, severely,
flesh wound left arm, Sgt. T.H. Chapman, shot through jaw passing out
through the mouth, Corp. W.C. Walker,
hip severe, H.C. Puishel(?) hand,
Missing: Corp. William D. McCracken, John Hennington, N.G. Fox,
William Fox, G.w. Barnes, Lt. R.L. Steele, David Austin, Hiram Kirby,
John C. Robinette, Thomas Winkler, Noah De –
ler(?) A.A. Gryder, W.W.
Gryder, George Barnes, wounded and missing
Killed: Andrew Summey,
Robert Turner, H.A. Wright, George F. McGinnis
Wounded: Capt. William G. Morris, slightly in neck, Lt. H.C. Fite
H.M. Rhine in arm badly, John W. Weathers shoulder, Jas. A. Cannon arm,
Robert F. Ragan face, ------- Ford,
face, W.G. Ford shoulder, Jas. P.
Briomer(?) side, John Thomason slightly in arm, George W. McKee head,
hand, Emmanuel Clortiger hand, W.R.D. Abernathy, arm,
missing, George Ball shoulder, missing, Oliver Brown in body badly,
missing, John Jenkins, in body badly, J.H. Pas - - - in arm badly,
Robertus Rutledge badly in leg, P.S. Rhyne, missing,
Jas. A. Stowe, in
body, missing, P.W. Watson, missing
Missing: Rufus Armstrong, L.J. Clemmer, L. Canedy, Jessie Elmore,
Robert Ferguson, T.A. Wilson, L.W. Lyriah, G.N. Ferguson, James Neal,
Killed: Sgt. E.B. Wolf, Abram Clouts, J.J. Spears, David Stinson
Black, supposed killed and left, Jas. Montgomery,
supposed killed and left, A.P. Young, supposed killed and left, Jacob
Shor (Shar?) badly wounded and left, Stirling Russell, supposed killed,
Robert Walker, supposed killed, Corp. Wilson,
flesh wound in arm, J.P.
Gordon, slight in hip, G.W. Williamson, arm and shoulder, Lowry Adams
in foot, William Kisiah,
in foot, J.S. Tagert in thigh, W.D. Conlay in leg,
Thomas A. Sharp in hand, Eli Patterson in hand slightly, B.G. Henry
Missing: L.A. Barnes, John Higginson, James Phillips
Killed: William R.
Muller, G. Douglas, W.D. Jones
Wounded: Capt. J.B. Johnson slight in foot, John Price, right forefinger
off, J. M. Halsay, right forefinger shot off, D.K. Evans, severe in shoulder
Missing: J.K. Bingham, mortally wounded,
Corp. F. Lory, mortal in side,
M.D. L. Parsons, flesh wound in thigh, Abram Evans, Corp. W.R. Jones,
James Richardson, and Isham Jones
Company D and E were on picket duty and surrounded by the enemy, but
D escaped with 50 men and 15 of Company e.
The 37th Regiment was during the engagement proper under the direction
Lt. Col. Barber as I had charge of a larger force. The North Carolinians
will have cause to remember the Battle
of Lebanon Church as the bloodiest
battle they were ever in.
Colonel, 37th Regiment
A, Capt. E.F. Lovell, Surry, 28th (?) N.C. Regiment in the
late Battle at Hanover Court House, Virginia
P.H. Roberts, J.R. Key
Wounded: Hugh Puckett
Missing: Corp. W.C. Key, S. Axum, Jas. Ashburn, C.H. Atkinson,
Blackwood, R. Brown, E.W. Bray, L.H. Burris, J.W. Cockerham, J.H.
Childress, D. Edwards, W.A. Gregg, M. Glascoe,
John Harris, William Morris,
H.G. Pool, W.C. Parks, Albert Parsons, H. Patterson, James Puckett, John
Stanley(?), John Hyatt
North Carolina Standard
June 18, 1862
Headquarters, 18th N.C.T
in the fight at Hanover Court House
Company A, from New Hanover—German volunteers
Capt. T.W. Brown, Jr., missing;
1st Lt. G.A. Johnson, mortally wounded (since dead);
Sgt. John Bonsold, missing; Corps. A. Simmons, Wm. Hall, wounded;
Slobohn, John Hoerner, G.D. Hackerman, H.R. Kyhl, Ernest Ortman, Henry Steller(?),
B, from Bladen
Captain W.J. Sykes, killed; Sgt. H. Edwards, missing; Corp. J.N. Wilson, killed
Killed: Ptes. J.
Guyton, D.(or O.) Hammond, T.N. Metichee(?), D.P. Shaw(?)
Wounded: D.J. Jordan, R.S. Cheshire, L. Blackwell, C.L.
Hilburn, H.W. Singletary,
N. Edwards, J.E. Nance, Edward Pate, R. Roberts, H. Weeks
Missing: Wm. Lovett, D. Pate,
J.F. Rackley, A. Regan, M.B. Singletary, Drummer
Company C from Columbus County
2nd Lt. Samuel A.
Long, wounded but fought the battle out; Sgt. E.V. Latta, wounded
Killed: Moses Williams, Jas. M. Long,
W.W. Long, J.L. Ward, J.E. Bellamy, J.M. Jones
Wounded: Sgt. W.J. Lay, Corps. James M. Bennett, Charles Jones, Ptes.
W.R. Ward, S.P. Wilkins, D.M. Williamson, William Best, B. Strickland, E. Tait,
W.R. Best, E.K. Vance, S.A. Vance, Robert Wilson, Daniel Green, Burwell
Company D from Robeson County
Lt. Neill Townsend, Sgt. Needham Thompson, wounded
Killed: Corps. Elias Woodell, Guilford W. Edwards, Pte. Bunyan
Stancil, (first name illegible)
Edwards T.F. Gilbert, Jno Barnes, E.J. Britt, Thomas Capps(?), K. Lovitt, James M.
John Brett, Alva Lawsen
Company E, from New Hamover
Killed: Quincey Williams, B.F. Bridgen, Owen Kinion(?)
Corp. A. Pridgen, D.J. Corbett(?), T.D. Malpass, A. Flanagen, A.B.
Roche(?), G.W. Malpass, Henry Moore, J.L. Pigford,
H.L. Peterson, J. F. Pridgen,
W.T. Stringfield, W.F. Brown, G.F. D – l - - se (Deluise?), W.R. Garriss
Sgt. D.P. Stringfield, Corp. D. J. Stringfield, Ptes. C.(?) M. Taylor, G.A. Hariss
Company F, from Richmond County
Ptes. A.J. Clark, A.B. McLauchlin, Alex Jones
Wounded: Corp. M. Calhoun, N. Brown, William Buchanen, H.P. Graham,
Henderson, A.H. McNeill(?), H.L. Patterson, A.W. Roper, A.A. Huckabee, John M.
McLauchlin, John F. McLean,
W.H. McNeill, Samuel Wright
Missing: Corps. John F. McNair(?), N. McN Smith, H.C. Calhoun, John Hughes, M.
D. McKinnen, A.L. McRae, L.C Palma(?), D.M. Gibson, John G. Martin,
M. McDuff, W.H. Murphy, W.H. Nelson, E. Norton, C.N.
Tintower(?), William Wallace
Company G, New Hanover Light Infantry
Killed: Pte. Sam D - - r
Corp. S.J. King, J.B. Morrison, T.F. Mills
Missing: Corp. C. F - - nner, J.M.K. W - - ted, (first name illegible)
Mills, Ellis Bright
Company H, Columbus County
Wounded: Corp. G.R. Polly(?) Kelly(?), Melvin Hinson(?), Pte.
Bryant A. Young(?),
A.M. Watkins, John J. Edwards, L.(?) Newman, William Lemore Frisk(?), W.M. Harper(?),
- - - - - - , William J. Hinson, John J. Siddett(?), John W. Telder(?)
Missing: Corp. Major(?) McKee, Daniel Sutherland,
Joseph Fisher, John Proctor(?)
Company I, New Hanover—None
Company K, Bladen
Killed: 1st Sgt.
A. Rinaldi, 1st Corp. J.N. A - - - ers, Ptes. C.W. Bryan, A. King
Wounded: S.B. P - - - - , W.E. Atkinson, A.S. Wells,
Missing: C. Swindell, J. McKetchen(?), C. (last name illegible), Lewis Farr(?), Corp.
T.F. Bridgen, Henry McA- - , J.R. Dinnan(?), W.S. McDuffie, James
Davis, D. Ferguson, W.J. McMilan, W.H. Si - -
- , M.V. Sutton
The above includes all the missing up to this date, June 3. Many missing on the day
have come in. Those reported wounded and left on the field were for the most
part carried to the field hospital
which afterwards fell into the hands of the enemy. We
had no ambulances and no means of bringing them off.
There can be no doubt some
of those left on the field are dead. It is possible some of the missing may come in—
of them are doubtless wounded—the most of them prisoners.
North Carolina Standard
July 2, 1862
Carolina Wounded and Captured
Correspondent of the Petersburg Express
Near Richmond, Virginia, June 22, 1862
Permit me to communicate through your columns the following list of wounded
belonging to the “Branch
Brigade” who were in the engagement at Hanover Court
House on May 27 and are still prisoners with the enemy.
Burgess, Latham’s N.C. Battery, wounded in left temple and eye
Martin Messer, Company B, 7th N.C.R., compound fracture
of left thigh
Thomas T. Robeson, Company E, 12th N.C.R., wounded left side
Lewis Hedgpeth, Company I, 12th N.C.R., flesh
wound right thigh
The following are from the 18th N.C., Colonel Cowan:
Lt. George A Johnston, Co. A, perforating
wound of chest, considered mortal
George D. Hackerman, Co. A, flesh would right leg
Moses Williams, Co. C, flesh wound
Wallace Long, Co. C, flesh wound right thigh
William D. Rhodes, Co. C, wounded in abdomen, June 9
Pherrell, Co. D, compound fracture of right leg, amputated below knee when
last seen June 17, was in a dying condition
Cape(?), Co. D, perforating chest wound last seen June 17 in a dying condition
Bunyan Stan - - - , Co. D, compound fracture
of right leg, amputated below knee
Archibald B. Brooks, Co. E, penetrating wound of the chest
George W. Malpass, Co.
B, right shoulder and breast, died June 15
Enos Tart, Co. E, flesh wound left thigh
William H. McNeal, Co. F, flesh
Samuel Wright, Co. F, flesh wound in back
Lewis Cassilun, Co. E, wounded in left knee joint, thigh amputated,
died June 14
Corp. Samuel King, Co. G, compound fracture right leg, amputated below knee, died June 11
Tedder, Co. H, flesh would left thigh
Albert R - - - li, Co. K, flesh wound left thigh
Pte. --------- Brown, flesh wound
The following belongs to the 33rd Regiment N.C.T., Colonel Robert Hoke:
John Guy, Co. A, finger of right
hand shot off and afterwards amputated
The following belong to the 37th Regiment N.C.T.:
L.A. Cox, Company A, compound
fracture right thigh
Benjamin C. Coldron, Co. A, perforating wound of the brain through the right eye, died June 11
William Hurley, Co. A, wounded in the right knee joint
George Craven, Co. A, right knee joint, thigh amputated, died June
Robert Gentry, Co. A, perforating chest wound
M.V. Mullins, Co. A, left thigh and testicle, died of tetanus June
Jas. Cardell, Co. F, flesh wound right thigh
Peyton Rhyne, Co. H, wound in left cheek, tongue and fracture of inferior
E.P. Clemmer, Co. B, perforating chest wound, died June 16
R.D. Rutledge, Co. B, flesh wound left leg
B. Nicholson, Co. I, wound in left side
M.D. Parsin, Co. K, flesh wound right thigh
Corp. William Walker, perforating
wound in abdomen, died June 2
These wounded are partially in my charge within the enemy lines. They have been
removed to Fortress Monroe.
It may be encouraging to the relatives of the wounded and it is due the enemy to state
that all the Confederate wounded are kindly treated and well cared for all receiving like
accommodations and attention.
No preference is shown to the Federal wounded.
In this respect, at least, our foe conforms to the usages of civil
33rd Regiment N.C.T.
Source: North Carolina Standard (Raleigh) June 4, 1862
Recommended Reading: Battle of Hanover Court House: Turning Point of the Peninsula
Campaign, May 27, 1862 (Hardcover). Description:
Researched from official reports as well as contemporary accounts, this is the first detailed look at the battle most widely
known as Hanover Court House and Slash Church.
The opening chapters set the stage for this crucial battle and outline the events that led up to May 27, 1862, and the high
tide of the Peninsula Campaign. Continued below...
The book’s main focus is the series of battles that took place between the forces of Union V Corps
commander Fitz John Porter and Confederate general Lawrence O’Bryan Branch. Photographs of the battle's central participants
are included, along with appendices featuring the official reports of commanders and lists of casualties from both sides.
Recommended Reading: General Lee's Army: From Victory to Collapse
(624 pages). Editorial Review (Publishers Weekly): You cannot say that University
of North Carolina professor Glatthaar (Partners in Command) did not do
his homework in this massive examination of the Civil War–era lives of the men in Robert E. Lee's Army of Northern Virginia.
Glatthaar spent nearly 20 years examining and ordering primary source material to ferret out why Lee's men fought, how they
lived during the war, how they came close to winning, and why they lost. Continued below...
convincing evidence to challenge the often-expressed notion that the war in the South was a rich man's war and a poor man's
fight and that support for slavery was concentrated among the Southern upper class. Lee's army included the rich, poor and
middle-class, according to the author, who contends that there was broad support for the war in all economic strata of Confederate
society. He also challenges the myth that because Union forces outnumbered and materially outmatched the Confederates, the
rebel cause was lost, and articulates Lee and his army's acumen and achievements in the face of this overwhelming opposition.
This well-written work provides much food for thought for all Civil War buffs.
Recommended Reading: Confederate Military History Of North Carolina: North Carolina In The Civil War, 1861-1865. Description: The author, Prof. D. H. Hill, Jr., was the son of Lieutenant
General Daniel Harvey Hill (North Carolina produced only
two lieutenant generals and it was the second highest rank in the army) and his mother was General “Stonewall”
Jackson’s wife's sister. In Confederate Military History Of North Carolina,
Hill discusses North Carolina’s massive task of preparing and mobilizing for the conflict; the many regiments and battalions
recruited from the Old North State; as well as the state's numerous contributions during the war. Continued below...
During Hill's Tar Heel State
study, the reader begins with interesting and thought-provoking statistical data regarding the 125,000 "Old North State"
soldiers that fought during the course of the war and the 40,000 that perished. Hill advances with the Tar Heels to the first
battle at Bethel, through numerous bloody campaigns and battles--including North
Carolina’s contributions at the "High Watermark" at Gettysburg--and concludes
with Lee's surrender at Appomattox.
Recommended Viewing: The Civil War - A Film by Ken Burns. Review: The
Civil War - A Film by Ken Burns is the most successful public-television miniseries in American history. The 11-hour Civil War didn't just captivate a nation,
reteaching to us our history in narrative terms; it actually also invented a new film language taken from its creator. When
people describe documentaries using the "Ken Burns approach," its style is understood: voice-over narrators reading letters
and documents dramatically and stating the writer's name at their conclusion, fresh live footage of places juxtaposed with
still images (photographs, paintings, maps, prints), anecdotal interviews, and romantic musical scores taken from the era
he depicts. Continued below...
The Civil War uses all of these devices to evoke atmosphere and resurrect an event that many knew
only from stale history books. While Burns is a historian, a researcher, and a documentarian, he's above all a gifted storyteller,
and it's his narrative powers that give this chronicle its beauty, overwhelming emotion, and devastating horror. Using the
words of old letters, eloquently read by a variety of celebrities, the stories of historians like Shelby Foote and rare, stained
photos, Burns allows us not only to relearn and finally understand our history, but also to feel and experience it. "Hailed
as a film masterpiece and landmark in historical storytelling." "[S]hould be a requirement for every
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pages) (Louisiana State University Press) (Updated edition: November 2007) Description: The
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the reasons he fought. Wiley examined countless letters, diaries, newspaper accounts, and official records to construct this
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he saw as ensnared in the great conflict of the 1860s. Continued below...
About Johnny Reb:
"A Civil War classic."--Florida Historical Quarterly
"This book deserves to be on the shelf of every Civil War modeler and enthusiast."--Model
"[Wiley] has painted with skill a picture of the life of the Confederate
private. . . . It is a picture that is not only by far the most complete we have ever had but perhaps the best of its kind
we ever shall have."--Saturday Review of Literature
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Near his house in Virginia, he happened to encounter people
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up having some odd adventures with the "hardcores," the fellows who try to immerse themselves in the war, hoping to get what
they lovingly term a "period rush." Horwitz spent two years reporting on why Americans are still so obsessed with the war,
and the ways in which it resonates today. Continued below...
In the course of his work, he made a sobering side trip to cover a "murder that was provoked by the display
of the Confederate flag," and he spoke to a number of people seeking to honor their ancestors who fought for the Confederacy.
Horwitz has a flair for odd details that spark insights, and Confederates in the Attic is a thoughtful and entertaining
book that does much to explain America's continuing obsession with the Civil War.