Friday, February 21, 2014

The Battle of Smithfield, Virginia-- Part 3

Thomas suggested Sturdevant divide his forces for an attack on Lee's right and left flanks. When Lee's men saw Sturdevant's Confederates coming "they broke and ran down Todd's Hill to the county wharf where they threw their artillery overboard." Lee then retreated from the wharf to Hodge's Shipyard seeking shelter under the Smith Briggs' guns. //// An artillery battle ensued and a Confederate shell hit the Union gunboat in its steam chest and it surrendered instantly. //// Most of Lee's force surrendered, but he and six or seven men swam the creek and were able to get away. //// --Old Secesh

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