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enemv, a strong attack was made on Ewcll, who repulsed them, but soon they returned, massing a heavy force against Hill. Heth's and Wilcox's divisions met every assault aivl successfully resisted them, but the enemy continued to make attacks until nightfall. Next morning. .^ Longstreet was relieving Hill, the enemy made an at- tack which at first created some confusion, but as soon as the troops recovered themselves, the enemy was driven back with' spirit rarely surpassed. At night an attack was made against the enemy, and they being panic stricken by the cheering of the Confederate army, a stampede was begun, which led to a general rout.

The third army corps under General Early (Hill being unwell), left the position at the Wilderness, May 8, 1864, and engaged in the great battles of Spotsylvania Court House when the 38th lost several brave men. The regiment was in the attack made by General Hill on General Warren, at Noel's station, May 23d, and the skirmishing at Riddle's shop, June i3th, and on down to Petersburg which was reached June i8th.

The following is a resolution of the Confederate Congress, May 17, 1864: .

" The Congress of the Confederate States of America do resolve, That the thanks of Congress are eminently due, and are hereby ten- dered to the 34th and 38 Regiments of North Carolina Troops, for the promptness and unanimity with which they have re-enlisted for the war."

Colonel Hoke, from wounds received in battle, was disabled for field service, and was appointed for the post at Charlotte. Lieuten- ant-Colonel John Ashford was promoted to the command of the reg- iment; Major George W. Flowers to be lieutenant-colonel, and Captain J. T. Wilson to be major.

The regiment was engaged in a very hard-fought battle at Ream's Station, when the divisions under Wilcox, Mahone and Johnson attacked the enemy and captured about 2,000 prisoners. Hill attacked General Warren at the Davis house, on the Weldon road, three miles from the city, August 21, 1864, defeating him and cap- turing 2,700 prisoners. The regiment suffered severely in this en- gagement. The command remained around Petersburg until April 2, 1865, when the Confederate lines were pierced in three places. The 38th was ordered out of the works, and was soon thereafter on the retreat from Petersburg. The enemy were pursuing the retreat- ing troops very hard, and first one regiment and then another were