SC 5th Regiment
|Below is a report recording that Charles H. Mintz was wounded, at Fort
Harrison, on 30th Sept 1864.
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Fort Harrison was key to General Butler's plan of attack. It represented the strongest point on the Confederate line of defenses. From it, one could see all the way to the James River. However, in 1864 most of the Confederate forces were in Petersburg and here the Confederate defenders numbered barely 200. Their guns were mostly so poor as to be scorned by the main field artillery. The Union attack pierced the fort quickly, with relatively few casualties. Had the Union attacks on the rest of the Confederate line succeeded as well as at New Market Heights and Fort Harrison, the overall military significance would have been greater.
On September 30, Robert E. Lee personally organized a major effort to recapture the lost fort. His attack also lacked coordination, and the well prepared Union defenders-some of them armed with multiple shot weapons crushed the Confederate effort and inflicted great loss on the attackers. The victors abolished the Confederate title for the fort and renamed it Fort Burnham after the Union general killed in the attack of September 29.
|DARBYTOWN & NEW MARKET ROADS
Other Names: Johnson's Farm, Fourmile Creek
Henrico County, VA Richmond-Petersburg Campaign (June 1864 - March 1865)
Responding to the loss of Fort Harrison and the increasing Federal threat against Richmond, General R. E. Lee directed an offensive against the Union far right flank on October 7. After routing the Federal cavalary from their position covering Darbytown Road, Field's and Hoke's divisions, assaulted the main Union defensive line along New Market road. They were repulsed. Confederate General John Gregg of the Texas brigade was killed. The Federals were not dislodged, and Lee withdrew into the Richmond defenses.
I have not seen the newspaper article but there is suppose to be in the Yorkville Enquirer, dated 19 October 1864, a writeup of the casualties in the battleof Derbytown. In the article it lists Corp. C. H. Mintz as being hurt in the hip.
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