In obedience to Orders, I have the honor to submit the following report of the operations of the 44th Georgia, Company C under the command of Captain Clark J. Van Buskirk in the field from June 6 through 8, inclusive:
During the afternoon and
evening of June 6 the grounds west of the Holcombe-Jamison homestead became
dotted with the canvas tents of the 44th Georgia, Company C,
along with the 1st North Carolina Artillery Battery ( Battery C,
Grahamís Battery ) as well as the dismounted 9th Virginia
Cavalry, Co. B and remnants of the 30th
Two field pieces from the
In the morning hours each day the 44th was led through a variety of field drills and weapons were inspected in anticipation of a confrontation with the Yanks. At various times the 44th sent out scouting parties along the canal and up the hill to the homestead to survey the terrain and gather information on the contents of the outbuildings in the area.
Late Saturday afternoon dismounted confederate cavalry made contact with the Union forces and we were brought into a line of battle. Summoned by a drum roll to take arms the 44th advanced gallantly across the field of battle under the watchful eyes of local citizenry who perched themselves on a nearby ridge, rather perilously near the conflagration.
Outnumbering the opposing
forces, we dominated the field. The Yankee troops began to take losses and
were obliged to retreat in orderly fashion. We took but a few losses,
leaving just a handful of grey and butternut bodies in the field. One
particularly crisp volley from our rifles eliminated nearly a dozen men from
That evening we dined on a
Company stew. Afterwards foragers from the 44th reconnoitered the
town whilst the camp was serenaded by a musicians playing Bonnie Blue and
In the morning we arose to find that our numbers had been diminished, and, considering that reinforcements may have arrived to reinforce the enemy we prepared to fight a defensive battle and drilled in field maneuvers designed to reduce our front to the enemy..
Just past Noon, whilest
lounging under the fly, we heard the reports of a skirmish. Summoned again
by the beat of the drums we once again formed for battle. As we had done the
day before, we marched towards the Union forces, advancing in obliques and
delivering fire while loading on the move. To our surprise the Yankee forces
had also diminished, and we outnumbered
Indeed, the boy has recovered from his near fatal wounds, and I find myself in lasting gratitude to his saviors. I regret that this war knows no prejudice amongst soldiers and citizens, and recognize the importance and struggles of those who strive to undo the damage caused by the arms that we carry in our efforts to use force to solve the Great Cause.
Returning to camp, we rested briefly. Within hours the camp was struck and we departed the farmstead, committed in our efforts to continue our march wherever the roads shall lead us.