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The Daily Dispatch: June 19, 1861., [Electronic resource], Ordnance Department, Richmond.Va.,may 26, 1861. (search)
g and firing in his rear, Lieutenant Col. Washburn, not knowing but that his communication might be cut off, immediately reversed his march, as did Col. Duryea, and marched back to form a junction with his reserves. Gen. Pierce, who was with Col. Townsend's regiment, fearing that the enemy had got notice of our approach and had posted himself in force on the line of march, and not getting any communication from Col. Duryea, sent back to me for reinforcements, and I immediately ordered Col. Allen's regiment to be put in motion, and they reached Hampton about 7 o'clock. In the meantime, the true state of facts having been ascertained by Gen. Pierce, the regiments effected a junction, and resumed the line of march. At the moment of the firing of Col. Bendix, Col. Duryea had surprised a part of an outlying guard of the enemy, consisting of thirty persons, who have been brough into me. Of course, by this firing all hope of a surprise above the camp at Little Bethel was lost, and,
field-pieces, caisson, and a suitable supply of ammunition, and take their position at the burnt bridge near Hampton, Colonels Allen, Carr and McChesney will hold their entire command in readiness, fully prepared to march at a moment's notice. All tll cartridges. That no mistake may be made, all the troops, as they charge the enemy, will shout--"Boston." Colonels Allen, Carr, Townsend, Duryea and McChesney will take notice and act accordingly. By command of E. W. Pierce, Brig. Gfficers: H. D. Whittemore, Colonel; James Millward, Jr., Lieut. Colonel; D. H. Burtnett, Major. Official report of Col. Allen, First Regiment, N. Y. V. Camp Hamilton, Va., June 11, 1861. Maj. Gen. B. F. Butler: Sir: I have the honor to rre were at least four thousand of the enemy on the ground, with constant reinforcements from Yorktown. Very resp'y, Wm. H. Allen, Col. 1st Reg't. A colored man has just come in from about two miles beyond Big Bethel, and reports that im