On this Date:

By Bob Evans

Soldiering is not an occupation that comes naturally to most people, and the almost brand-new Federal forces moving out of Newport News and Fort Monroe tonight were no exception. They were supposed to be marching in a calm and collected manner towards Big Bethel (also known as Bethel Church), in expectation of meeting the enemy in a day or so. Unfortunately the combination of adrenaline, weariness, and lack of discipline took over, and the men were convinced that every sound in the woods was an incipient enemy attack. Shots began to ring out and several injuries were incurred as men fired on other columns of the same force–their own men.

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