The Federals fell back to the protection of the hedge rows to reformed
their lines. They were to make two more unsuccessful assaults before a general withdraw was ordered. While the main assault
was taking place the 3rd New Hampshire was attempting a flanking maneuver from the Federal Left. Their assault brought
them to within several yards of the NW Wall of the fort, but they could not make a full assault due to the water and pluff
mud of Simpson Creek that proved to be impassable. They proceeded to assault the fort from across the marsh driving the
defenders from the Parapets. The two 24-pounders that Col. Lamar set up on his Right Flank were still silent, even though
the new gun crews were on line. Lt. Col. Ellison Capers of the 24th SC infantry was sent up to the position to determine the
problem. The gun crew, although an artillery unit, had never been trained in firing a cannon before and did not know what
to do. Capers sprang into action loading and firing the piece himself, while training the gun crew. Meanwhile 250 men of the
4th LA Battalion arrived from their encampment 2-1/2 miles away to sure up the Confederate Right Flank. They poured a
decimating fire into the 3rd NH troops, causing them to fall back.
The 3rd NH was part of Gen. Chatfield's Brigade (3rd Brigade, 1st Division,
10th Army Corps, Dept. of the South).