Notes on writing in Thomson's Conspectus
(The following are the personal edited research
notes of Michael Echols, the source of which may or
may not be completely documented)
Dexter CW text translation
(incomplete) on page in Conspectus book:
Under the signature of Major James E.
Dexter, is a set of hand-written notes. I don't think the notes are in the
hand of Dr. Dexter, but apparently are those of someone who later owned the book and noted the
history of where the book was found.
“Found on the battle field of
Frazer’s farm, fought June 30th, ’62, 13 miles below Richmond and 3
from James River & on the fifth day of the grand Yankee “ Skidadal” from before
Two (? Attenis ?) taken & Maj. Gen.
McCall taken prisoner_ Gen. Branch’s N. C. Brigade in the fight. Col. Lee, 37th
N.C. Regt and 1st Lt. John Parks & 2nd Lt. Robert Corwan
34th N.C. among the killed.”
Research notes on content of
37th North Carolina's Col.
Charles C. Lee, graduated from West Point (class of '56)
On June 30 at Frayser's Farm, the
37th was once again engaged. As Colonel Lee yelled "On, my brave boys!" he was
mortally wounded by an artillery shell.
37th N.C. Inf. Reg.
(Frasers, Frayser’s Farm) (June
several names including Nelson’s Farm, Frayser’s Farm, Charles City Crossroads,
White Oak Swamp, New Market Road, Riddell's Shop, this skirmish occurred on the
same date as the White Oak conflict, also in Henrico County. On June 30, Huger’s,
Longstreet’s, and A.P. Hill’s divisions converged on the retreating Union army
in the vicinity of Glendale or Frayser’s Farm. Longstreet’s and Hill’s attacks
penetrated the Union defense near Willis Church, routing McCall’s division.
McCall was captured. Union counterattacks by Hooker’s and Kearny’s divisions
sealed the break and saved their line of retreat along the Willis Church Road.
Huger’s advance was stopped on the Charles City Road. “Stonewall” Jackson’s
divisions were delayed by Franklin at White Oak Swamp.
Major General T.H. Holmes made a feeble attempt to turn the Union left flank at
Turkey Bridge but was driven back by Federal gunboats in James River. Union
generals Meade and Sumner and Confederate generals Anderson, Pender, and
Featherston were wounded. This was Lee’s best chance to cut off the Union army
from the James River. That night, McClellan established a strong position on
Malvern Hill. Totals loss was an estimated 6,500.
Information on the 40th N.Y. regiment, mentions 'asst. surgeon' Dexter' and
mustering with three Mass. regiments.
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