From the Richmond Examiner, 6/4/1864,
p. 1, col. 5
BATTLE-FIELD, NEAR GAINES’ MILL, June 3 – 5 P. M. –
Heth’s division participated with Ewell in the fight yesterday, capturing over
two hundred prisoners. Among his wounded was Brigadier-General Kirkland,
The battle opened at sunrise this morning about ten miles
below Richmond, extending from the Mechanicsville road to McClellan’s bridge,
making the line of battle over seven miles long, the enemy making the attack.
The heaviest fighting is reported in Rodes’, Kershaw’s
and Hoke’s front, who gallantly repulsed every assault of the enemy.
Our loss is very slight, not over five hundred in killed
and wounded. That of the enemy is fully six thousand, some estimate it as high
as ten thousand.
The enemy at one time broke through Breckinridge’s
division, capturing three pieces of artillery. Finnegan, however, quickly came
up, recapturing the artillery and taking one piece from the enemy. Breckinridge
loss probably two hundred prisoners.
The heaviest fighting was up to 11 o’clock, since then
there has been heavy cannonading and incessant skirmishing.
Generals Law and Finnegan slightly wounded. The latter did
not leave the field.
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