Raleigh – Colonel Shafer ably commanded his 44th detachment in Raleigh en route to Atlanta. Shafer’s group suffered few causalities after a decisive victory against Col.’s Doeren’s "Wolfpack" unit. After being run down under steely gray skies, Doeren ran to the center of the field and admitted defeat.
This represents the first victory in South for Col. Shafer. Col. Shafer was chief of Col. Marone’s defensive staff last year. Col. Marone, of course, surrendered his command in January of this year. Immediately after Col. Marone’s command relinquishment, General Gross elevated Shafer from lieutenant colonel to full colonel and was given full control of the 44th. "I [am] pleased to give Shafer full command of the 44th" Gen. Gross remarked after he handed Shafer the eagle pins.
The Battle of Raleigh was secured in the late afternoon after a brutal ground assault by the 44th. Col. Doeren’s defensive positions could not stop the 44th’s onslaught. Intelligence had previously suggested that the Wolfpack would quickly strike at the heart of the 44th. Rather, the 44th countered and drove stake and after stake into the belly of the Wolf. Saturday’s victory illustrated the 44th’s valor and invincibility by successfully repelling the repeated onslaughts of the enemy.
Shortly after Saturday’s victory, Maj. General Gross telegrammed Shafer and commended him for his unit’s bravery and aplomb in midst of battle. Although the contents of the telegram have been marked confidential, a leaked and redacted version reads in part: "I am aware of [Col. Shafer’s] success of that day [whose] unit put down a restive outpost in Raleigh. I congratulate him on an effective operation. I have now given instructions to invade Atlanta."
The Raleigh Victory is the first victory of the much anticipated Southern Campaign after a series of training exercises. Col. Shafer repeatedly rallied his unit by invoking the dreadful defeat at the hands Lt. Gen. Swinney’s "Tiger" division. Deep losses were suffered on that day; however, the 44th was reactivated only hours after the defeat by the Tigers. Although the Raleigh operation was not perfect, the 44th effectively moved it ground units with ease. Sergeant Hunt proved to be an effective field marshal, however his training will certainly continue.
Intercepted communications suggest that the next target will be Col. Johnson’s "Yellow Jacket" unit. The Yellow Jacket unit is situated in the Deep South and presents another crucial engagement for the 44th on their quest for historical permanency.
Col. Shafer’s march south continues on Saturday as the War of Northern Aggression rages on.