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the Baltimore American, of Wednesday: Fortress Monroe, Monday Night.June 10, 1861. For several days past General Butler, commanding the military department of Virginia, had been advised of the movements of a considerable body of Confedert was almost impossible to tell the number of killed and wounded on the side of the Federal troops, but I was told by General Butler that his estimate was about thirty killed and one hundred wounded. It was feared that Major Winthrop, aid to GenGen. Butler, had been killed, as he could not be found. When the news of the action reached the Fortress, the utmost sadness prevailed, and there was a mournful aspect visible throughout. The first wounded man that reached the Fortress was private James Garbett; he came in an ambulance, which was very carefully driven. Soon as Gen. Butler heard of the affair, which was about 7 o'clock, he mounted his horse and rode at the top of speed to Newport News Point, for the purpose of ascertaining all
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t surprise and indignation were expressed that Butler should have permitted so large a force to leav "The mistake, " as it is officially termed by Butler, through which Col. Benedix's German Regiment men, is a subject of universal ridicule. Butler condemned Pierce as the cause of their defeat,al fire of the Confederates--while all, except Butler himself, think he should have led the expeditigement took place, to intercept the advance of Butler on Yorktown. About two miles from Great Betheconcede to the whole force this latter claim. Butler himself was so much occupied with his grief thavoid fighting. When the steamer arrived, Butler "confiscated" the negro, and retained him. return, after destroying the position. Gen. Butler was busy keeping open communication with thre of the Rebel Batteries at Great Bethel by Gen Butler--One Thousand Rebel Prisoners Taken! Waress Monroe, bringing the intelligence that Gen. Butler this morning proceeded, with a large reinfo[2 more...]
empt to capture their former masters, Brigadier General Butler wisely determined to ensconce himself monopolize all the glory.--Alas, for Brigadier General Butler! The five thousand troops which wereAssociated Press, "revised and corrected by Gen. Butler in person," there is no mention whatever ofttributed to General Pierce, who is charged by Butler with having "lost his presence of mind," but gt of their brethren in the midnight raid of Gen. Butler and the Americans fled from them in terror.e rounds and only killed one man, according to Butler's statement. But if the Dutchmen were poor shanned and skillfully executed movements by General Butler at that important end of the line of opera York Tribune, 12th] We do not believe Gen. Butler o dered an attack by wearied troops, havingristling with artillery. Nor do we believe Gen. Butler ordered an attack on such a position in ignve cut the retreating force to pieces. Had Gen. Butler had ordinary prudence, or his subordinate, [7 more...]
Bethel, a name suggestive of other thoughts than of slaughter, initiates the campaign in Virginia. Who can tell the long list of engagements that are to follow, unless an unlooked for and providential interposition shall arrest the terrible drama of fratricidal hate and mutual destruction? Have our rulers no arbiter but the a word, and no terms but submission to propose to those who are their brethren? Where is the conciliatory and effecting spirit which pervades the last words of counsel that Washington and Jackson left as legacies to their countrymen? We have many other extracts from Northern papers, but the foregoing are sufficient to show how the news was received. The New York Herald says the "rebels" had constructed an entrenched camp, comprising six batteries of rifled cannon and sixty-eight twelve pound howitzers; and in another place the same paper alludes to the "capture of 12,000 rebels," and shouts joyously--"Butler is evidently the right man in the right place"