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he timber between us and the enemy hid them from view, but we pulled our triggers nevertheless, and rushed down the hill... at the Yankees in the first line of breastworks. They waited not for the onset, but fled like a flock of sheep, carrying with them their supports in the second and third lines."

A veteran of John B. Hood's Texas Brigade at Gaines' Mill.

As the Confederates pursued Porter's retreating forces, they were subjected to murderous artillery fire from the Federal batteries. Capt. John C. Tidball and bis staff (above) served at Mechanicsville and contributed to the severe Confederate casualties.

(Below) Shorn of its timber stories, the skeleton of Gaines' Mill marks the passage of war. Beneath the mill's shadow Porter's line had broken in the face of a bayonet charge led by John B. Hood. The Confederates lost 1,000 men, but captured two regiments.

(Below) Shorn of its timber stories, the skeleton of Gaines' Mill marks the passage of war. Beneath the mill's shadow Porter's line had broken in the face of a bayonet charge led by John B. Hood. The Confederates lost 1,000 men, but captured two regiments.

THE ADVANCE TO GAINES' MILL

June 27, 1862

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