Friday, February 21, 2014

The Battle of Smithfield, Va.-- Part 3

They saw Capt. Lee's Union forces posted at the top of Todd's Hill at the junction of Church and Main Streets. Confederate Captain Studevant sent a letter to lee demanding his surrender. //// Lee replied asking for a meeting, but J.O. Thomas told Sturdevant that the meeting was just a ploy to buy time for Lee so the gunboat could return. A flood tide was coming in and the Smith Briggs would be able to rescue Lee's force. //// The demand for immediate surrender was reissued and again refused. At this time, the Smith Briggs arrived. //// Sgt. Heines took the surrender demand to Lee and came galloping back as fast as he could saying the gunboat was in sight. //// --Old Secesh

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