BATTLE OF FAIR OAKS, VIRGINIA.
Clyde Times Bulletin. List of Killed, Wounded & Missing, of the Briggs' Guard. [Clyde, NY?: 1862.]
Broadside, 263 x 153 mm. Toning, a few spots, two horizontal tears.
UNRECORDED BROADSIDE ACCOUNT OF THE BATTLE OF FAIR OAKS, VIRGINIA. We trace no other copies of this or any other issue of the "Clyde Times Bulletin" in OCLC, ABPC, or Americana Exchange. The broadside prints a letter from Edward Goodchild, a soldier in Company D of the New York 67th Infantry, reporting on company losses during the Battle of Fair Oaks, near Richmond, on May 31, 1862. Company D was made up of recruits from Clyde, NY, and the anonymous publisher, evidently a resident of Clyde as well, notes "we hasten to allay the anxiety of the parents, wives and friends of the members of that Company" by printing the letter. Goodchild reports: "Last Saturday was a hard day for the Clyde boys. The battle commenced at 1 o'clock, and ended at dark; the rebels driving us back 2 miles. They were in great forcethree to our one. Henry was wounded at the commencement of the battle in the arm. During the fight he was wounded again in the hip; but refused to leave the field. At the close of the fight, when the rebels were pressing us hard, two of the boys were leading him from the field, when the third shot struck him in the head, near the left temple, and he was left for dead on the field: but thanks be to God, he still lives. The next day he was found alive, and was brought to the hospital...." The broadside ends with a list of Clyde Company soldiers killed, wounded, and missing, the second category including Henry Goodchild, presumably the letter writer's brother.
The Battle of Fair Oaks, also known as the Battle of Seven Pines, was up to that point in the war second only to Shiloh in the number of casualties suffered. Both sides claimed victory, though ultimately the Army of the Potomac under McClellan retreated from the outskirts of Richmond following the Seven Days Battles at the end of June.