Head Quarters 6th
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
& 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.
S. G. Griffin
Lt. Col. 6th
Regt. N.H. Vols.