Battle of Hanover Court House: New York Times

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The Battle of Hanover Court House: New York Times

The below article was a preliminary report published in a Richmond newspaper. The report was subsequently republished in New York via the New York Times. Republication, or reprinting, was common practice during the American Civil War. Furthermore, preliminary reports were often misleading and/or exaggerated.


                RICHMOND, Tuesday, May 27, 1862.
      A heavy skirmish occurred to-day, which lasted
from 1 to 7 this afternoon. The firing was heard here
from the direction of Hanover Court-House, and it is
believed to be in that vicinity. No particulars have
been received. The skirmish is believed in the city
to be prelude to a general engagement.

      In the skirmish this afternoon, at Hanover Court-
House, the Twenty-fifth New-York and Twenty-eighth

 North Carolina were principally engaged. Eighty

Federals were killed and wounded, and sixty captured.

The prisoners have arrived here. The Confederate

 loss is only six or eight. Nothing has yet been heard

of the skirmish of attles station  [present-day Atlee,

 Hanover County, Virginia].

                      THE NEW YORK TIMES
                       Published: June 8, 1862

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Recommended Reading: Battle of Hanover Court House: Turning Point of the Peninsula Campaign, May 27, 1862 (Hardcover). Product Description: Researched from official reports as well as contemporary accounts, this is the first detailed look at the battle most widely known as Hanover Court House and Slash Church. Continued below...

The opening chapters set the stage for this crucial battle and outline the events that led up to May 27, 1862, and the high tide of the Peninsula Campaign. The book’s main focus is the series of battles that took place between the forces of Union V Corps commander Fitz John Porter and Confederate general Lawrence O’Bryan Branch. Photographs of the battle's central participants are included, along with appendices featuring the official reports of commanders and lists of casualties from both sides.

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