Head Quarters 6th Regt. N.H.V.

Roanoke Island April 21st 1862


Sir: On the morning of the 18th inst. agreeable to order, the 6th Regt. N.H.V. left camp with 600 men & embarked on board the steam transports Pilot Boy and Phoenix, & proceeded to the rendezvous below Elizabeth City. On the morning of the 19th upon landing the regt. was formed on the left of the N.Y. 9th and 89th and marched in the rear of those regiments, by a circuitous route a distance of twenty miles or more, to a point one and one half miles below South Mills, N.C., where the column was met by the enemy.


By order of Gen. Reno I formed the 6th N.H. on the left of the main road leading direct to the enemy’s position, having the artillery to our right, & forming the extreme left of our line. At the order to advance the regt. moved forward in line steadily & in good order, receiving the fire of grape from the enemy’s gun without flinching, and when within range, poured in a volley with coolness and precision, and with telling effect – literally cutting to pieces (as was afterward ascertained) a Battalion, posted in the wood in front of us, which formed the right of the rebel line. The enemy retreated without returning the fire, & left us masters of that part of the field. Our loss one private killed, two slightly wounded, & one missing.


We bivouacked on the ground until 10 p.m. when we marched with the other regiments, in the same order as before, to the landing, - embarked on board the same transport, on the morning of the 20th & returned to camp.


Both officers & men are entitled to great praise for the perseverance & cheerfulness with which they endured the fatigue & hardships of the march, and for the steadiness & bravery with which they advanced upon the enemy on the field.


With great respect I have the honor to remain your obt. Servt.

S. G. Griffin

Lt. Col. 6th Regt. N.H. Vols.

Col. R. C. Hawkins

Comdg. Brgd.