The 5th State Regiment. – The Salisbury Banner publishes a letter from Capt. Samuel Reeves Jr. to his father in that place, dated Bull Run, July 23d, in which he says –
“On Sunday 21st, we passed through the battle – our Regiment had not much to do in it. My company were thrown into the woods as skirmishers. They were fired on by the enemy once, and stood the fire well, not a man flinched. They returned the fire promptly, and repulsed the company who fired on them, Afterwards they saw more of the enemy, a few, only six of my men fired and killed 4 men (Yankees.) That ended all we did. I have the pleasure to report that I had not one man killed or wounded, all sound and well and perfectly happy – although we have lain on the creek bank three nights, without anything but blankets. We have plenty of meat and bread all the time. Our Regiment lost only 2 men killed and 6 or 8 wounded.”
(Fayetteville, North) Carolina Observer, 8/6/1861.
Contributed by John Hennessy
See Samuel Reeves record with the 5th NC here.