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“Their Conduct was Worthy of Veterans”

1862 Peninsula Campaign

 
 
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By Bill Coughlin, August 11, 2008
1. "Their Conduct was Worthy of Veterans" Marker
Inscription. Brigadier General William Smith massed 18 cannons in an open field within 500 yards of the opposite shore. In addition, General Smith deployed Brigadier General William T.H. Brooks’s Vermont Brigade along the Warwick River with two brigades in support. Four companies of Colonel Breed N. Hyde’s 3rd Vermont Infantry were selected to cross the river under the command of Captain Fernando Harrington. Moreover, Brooks gave Corporal Alonzo Hutchinson a white handkerchief as a signal for reinforcements. Around 3:00 p.m., the Union attack proceeded under the covering fire of the artillery.

The Green Mountain boys waded into the Warwick and met a hail of bullets. Major General George McClellan reported that “their conduct was worthy of veterans.”

The Vermonters, dragging their wounded onto the bank, captured the Confederate rifle pits and waited for the expected counterattack. Pickets from the 15th North Carolina Infantry fell back, and Colonel Robert M. McKinney stopped his Tarheels from constructing earthworks and charged the soaked Vermonters. The counterattack soon faltered after Colonel McKinney fell with a bullet in the forehead, and the regiment received an unauthorized order to retreat. The Vermont troops, however, occupied a precarious position with wet ammunition and no sign of reinforcements.
 
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By Bill Coughlin, August 11, 2008
2. Marker in Newport News Park
Virginia Civil War Trails.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Virginia Civil War Trails marker series.
 
Location. 37° 11.117′ N, 76° 32.357′ W. Marker is in Newport News, Virginia. Marker can be reached from Constitution Way, on the left when traveling east. Click for map. Marker is located in Newport News Park, on the Two Forts Walking Trail, on the north side of Lee Hall Reservoir. Marker is in this post office area: Newport News VA 23603, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. “Just Like Sap – Boiling, in the Stream” (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); “The Bullets Would Whistle Around my Head” (about 500 feet away); One-Gun Battery (about 500 feet away); “Every Kind of Obstruction was Skillfully Used” (about 800 feet away); Third Regiment Vermont Volunteer Infantry (approx. 0.2 miles away); Battle of Lee’s Mill (Dam Number 1) (approx. 0.2 miles away); Battle of Dam No. 1 (approx. 0.2 miles away); Ten Pound Parrott Rifle and Limber (approx. 0.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Newport News.
 
More about this marker. The bottom of the marker contains a drawing of soldiers at a battery on the Warwick River, with the caption “Sketch of the Battle of Dam No. 1. Courtesy of the Virginia War Museum.” The top of the marker features a photograph of “Brig. Gen William T.H. Brooks, Courtesy of the Vermont Historical Society.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Markers on the Two Forts Walking Trail in Newport News Park.
 
Also see . . .
1. Yorktown. CWSAC Battle Summaries. (Submitted on September 7, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.) 

2. Tidewater Virginia, The 1862 Peninsula Campaign. Civil War Traveler. (Submitted on September 7, 2008, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.) 
 
Categories. War, US Civil
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 1,186 times since then and 23 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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