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From Yorktown[special correspondence of the Dispatch.] Yorktown,June 1st, 1861. I have been purposing to drop you a line for a day or two, but such has been the uncertainty of our movements that it has been almost impossible. Our regiment has been employed this week in making some very formidable entrenchments in this region, behind which it would be very safe to meet any enemy. Others are being erected by large bodies of negroes in proper locations. In one I counted 125 slaves at work. Some of our regiment, it seems, had come to the conclusion that, as we had helped to erect a formidable fort, it would be our pleasant duty to defend it. But this will not be the case. One thing is certain and satisfactory, that the men who will defend it will be worthy of the place. There is but one spirit that animates us all. We will try to die cheerfully, if necessary, in defence of our parents and sisters. Such is the strength of the conviction upon all minds that ours is
The skirmish at Halifax Court-House. We find in late Northern papers the following official report of General McDowell to General Scott, of the fight at Fairfax Court-House. Lientenant Tompkins, who commanded the company, was severely wounds, to much so that he was unable to make his report: Hdqrs. Department, Eastern Va., Arlington, June 1, 1861. Colonel E. D. Townsend, Assistant Adjutant General, Headquarters of the Army, Washington: Sir --The following facts have just been reported to me by the Orderly Sergeant of Company B, of the Second Cavalry, commanded by Lieut. Tompkins, the commanding officer, being too unwell to report in person. It appears that a company of the Second Cavalry, commanded by Lieutenant Tomepkins, aggregate number seventy five, left their camp at half-past 10 o'clock last night on a scouting expedition. They reached Fairfax Court-House about three in the morning, where they found several hundred men stationed, Captain Ewell, late of
ward, I thought I observed a scarcely perceptible shrug of the Premier's shoulders, as he held the death dealing instrument in his tiny hands. One of the Seventy-first, through his eagerness to watch the movements of the President from the pier fell overboard, but being an excellent swimmer, soon reached terra firma. Official report of the engagement. The following is the official report from the commander of the steamer Freeborn: Flotilla steamer Freeborn, Potomac River, June 1, 1861. Sir: I have the honor to report a renewal of the bombardment at Aquia Creek, commencing at 11 o'clock and 30 minutes in the forenoon this day, and terminating, from fatigue of the men — the day being very warm, and the firing on our side incessant — at 4:30 in the afternoon, being a duration of five hours. The firing on shore was scarcely as spirited at any time as yesterday. The heights were abandoned, the guns apparently having been transferred to the earthworks at the railway t