Thursday, May 10, 2012
1862 May 11 Camp at Mouth of East River, Va.
[from the diary of Charles Hay of the 23rd Ohio]
Camp at Mouth of East River
May 11th, 1862.
Col Scammon this morning sent out Cos.
H of the 23rd & H of the 30th under command
of Capt. Drake on the road toward Giles, too
reconnoiter. A little over a mile from camp,
their ^ ‘enemy’s’ pickets came to view. A shell from
a Mountain Howitzer drove them in in
a hurry. We followed as far as prudent.
The result of our reconnaissance, went
to show that the enemy were in force
at the “Narrows,” a strong natural position,
and that our present force was insufficient
to dislodge them. After an exchange of
artillery shots, without damage to us,
we returned to camp, and this after=
=noon moved back to the mouth of
East River, where it flows into New River,
and took up a strong position on a
ridge or “backbone” of a hill. New
River, at this place is about 200 yards
wide, water pure and clear, and quite
rapid. We are now 12 miles from Giles.
[transcription by Mary Roy Dawson Edwards]