Companies of the 56th N. C., attacked yesterday at Gum Swamp
The articles on this page were published May 6, 1863 Issue in the Weekly Standard, a Raleigh,
North Carolina newspaper. W. W. Holden, Editor. Transcribed by Myrtle Bridges
February 28, 2003
There has been heavy skirmishing on the lines below Kinston, the enemy having again advanced the force. We are
indebted to the Progress for the following dispatch giving some particulars of the fight at Gum Swamp on
the 28th instant:
Goldsboro', April 29. Three or four companies of the 56th N. C., were attacked yesterday at Gum Swamp, nine miles
below Kinston, by some six or eight thousand Yankees. Our boys fought them over two hours with the constancy and
determination of veterans, and only retired from their breastworks when flanked and overpowered by numbers. Our
loss is estimated at about forty killed, wounded and missing. Among the killed is the brave Lieut. Lutterloh, of
Fayetteville, of Capt. Lockhart's company, who died this morning of his wounds. The Yankees were expected to
continue their advance this morning, but evidently have not done so. Gen Hill will give them a proper welcome
when they come.
THE GUM SWAMP AFFAIR-A friend has handed to us a letter from his son, a member of Starr's Battery, dated
May 25th. He states that Lieut. Whitmore with 12 men and a howitzer went down to Gum Swamp on the morning
of the fight, agreeable to orders. When the enemy appeared, the detachment begged for leave to fire, the
Yankees being about 30 yards distant, but Col. Rutledge refused, as there was danger of killing more of our
men than of the enemy. The artillery men refused to leave their gun and were captured with it, together with
8 fine horses. The Artillerists were Lt. Whitmore, Sergt. Sedberry, Corpl. Dobbin, privates T. W. Carroll,
T. J. Campbell, W. L. Duke, H. Cloninger, S. Waller, J. A. Brown, B. Plummer, R. B. Braswell, John McLean
and Irving Jones.
Gen Hill pursued the enemy to within about 9 miles of Newbern on Sunday evening, when they had a very
brisk skirmish, between Cooper's parts of Branche's, Bunting's and Starr's Batteries, and the 54th Pennsylvania
regiment commanded by Col. Jones. We lost 2 killed and 3 or 4 wounded. Two Yankees were found dead.
"The march was terribly fatiguing," says the letter. "The dust rose in great clouds all along the road,
the streams were nearly dry, the little pole wells were soon drained, and horses and men were perishing from
thirst. I have heard of men fainting and dying by the roadside, and I saw it yesterday and the day before."
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