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Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 2. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), chapter 6.34 (search)
f the Chickahominy, and Sheridan, meanwhile, having been dispatched to destroy the Virginia Central railroad and effect a junction with Hunter, on Sunday night, June 12th, The Army of the Potomac was put in motion for the James. Warren, with the Fifth corps and Wilson's division of cavalry, seizing the crossing at Long Bridge, made his dispositions to screen the movement. Hancock's corps, marching past the Fifth, was directed upon Willcox's landing; Wright's and Burnside's corps upon Douthat's, while Smith, with four divisions of the Tenth and Eighteenth corps, moved rapidly to White House and embarked for Bermuda Hundred. Swinton, Army of the Potomac, p. 498. Early on the morning of the 13th, Warren, who executed his critical task with marked address, pushed forward Crawford's division on the New Market road, and compelling the few Confederate squadrons of observation to retire across White Oak Swamp, threatened direct advance on Richmond, while the activity of his powerf
e heart, when all rushed back with the utmost precipitation. . . . The fight at the angle lasted for twenty minutes. It completely discouraged the enemy and he made no further effort at assault. The house in front, which had served as a hiding place for the enemy, was now fired by a shell from a howitzer, and the outhouse and palings were soon in a blaze. As all shelter was now taken from him, the enemy called in his troops and started back for Hampton. As soon as the road was clear, Captain Douthat pursued the enemy with about 100 dragoons, chasing them for the third time over the New Market bridge, which they tore up behind them and so broke the pursuit. Of the Richmond howitzers, Colonel Hill wrote: I cannot close this too elaborate report without speaking in the highest terms of admiration of the howitzer battery and its most accomplished commander, Major Randolph. He has no superior as an artillerist in any country, and his men displayed the utmost skill and coolness. Of
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 19. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), The First North Carolina Volunteers and the battle of Bethel. (search)
d served as a hiding place for the enemy, was now fired by a shell from a howitzer, and the outhouses and palings were soon in a blaze. As all shelter was now taken from him, the enemy called in his troops and started back for Hampton. As he had left sharp-shooters behind him in the woods on our left, the dragoons could not advance until Captain Hoke, of Company K, First North Carolina Volunteers, had thoroughly explored them. As soon as he gave the assurance of the road being clear, Captain Douthat, with some one hundred dragoons, in compliance with Colonel Magruder's orders, pursued. The enemy, in his haste, threw away hundreds of canteens, haversacks, overcoats. &c.; even the dead were thrown out of the wagons. The pursuit soon became a chase, and for the third time the enemy won the race over the New Market course. The bridge was torn up behind him and our dragoons returned to camp. There were not quite eight hundred of my regiment engaged in the fight, and not one-half of
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 35. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), The battle of New Market, Va., again, (search)
ion and being only forwarned that they were composing a forlorn hope. As my memory serves me, these volunteers were taken from the following commands, at the rate of six or eight from each: Edgecombe Guards, Charlotte Grays, Hornet's Nest Riflemen, Orange Light Infantry, Lafayette Light Infantry, Burke Rifles, Independent Light Infantry,. Enfield Rifles, Southern Stars, Bertie Light Infantry, Chowan Light Infantry, Stuart's and Montague's Virginia Light Infantry, twelve dismounted men of Douthat's Virginia Cavalry. After this lapse of time my recollection is indistinct, and I can recall by name of these volunteers only J. B. Smith, R. M. Orrell, James T. Rose, Theodore Wardell and J. W. Hurlst, of my own company, the Lafayette; Charles Haigh, W. E. Kyle, Jarvis Lutterloh and John B. McKellar, of the Independent Company. All were killed during the war or have died since except Haigh, Kyle and the writer. General Magruder placed at the head of this expedition Captain J. B. St
ifferent portions of the State, giving every item of news which occurs, nothing appears from this county in the column of your paper. You are not to infer from this fact that nothing of an interesting character happens among us, or that the people are inactive in the midst of such stirring events, as are constantly presenting to the public mind. This county has neither been inactive or void of excitement. The people, to a man, are all aroused, and its troop of cavalry under command of Capt. Douthat, now in or near Williamsburg, and its "Southern Guards" under command of Capt. Waddel, (a trained officer in a Virginia military school,) now stationed at Jamestown, will show their hatred of tyranny and loyalty to the South and its institutions, when the opportunity offers. Lincoln and his miscreant crew will soon secure for themselves the "hospitable graves" now preparing for them, if they can do it. Besides the two companies above mentioned, now in service and fully equipped, a
The Daily Dispatch: June 26, 1861., [Electronic resource], Judge Parker's charge to the Grand Jury of Frederick county, Va. (search)
able battle of Bethel, had been committed to the earth. His brother, under a flag of truce, came after the body from New York. It was disinterred by order of Col. Magruder, and sent on to the lines under escort of the Charles City Cavalry, Captain Douthat, and a detachment of the Howitzers. In silence this guard of honor moved onward, till they reached their destination, and met the heart-broken brother, who had brought on a metallic coffin to receive the mouldering form of him who should haould feel and act, and must have contrasted their high-toned courtesy with the brutal and fiendish conduct of such men as Butler, it is said by those who were present that he bowed his head, overcome with emotion, and said in choking tones to Capt. Douthat, " I did not expect this." Will this simple incident find its way into a Northern paper? I doubt it. To-day we had our first religious service in "Camp Page." The Chaplain, the Rev. Jno C. McCabe, D. D., preached to a large number of th
f Delegates as far as received: Albemarle — B H Magruder and — Branch. Alexandria — Harrod Snowden. Amherst — Paulus Powell. Bedford — W M Burwell and Alex Jordan. Berkeley — Israel Robinson and Robert W Hunter. Campbell — F B Dean and Daniel Marr. Charles City, James City, and New Kent — W S Slater, (?) Chesterfield — Wm Ambers. Dinwiddie — H C Worsham. Greensville and Sussex — W T Lundy. Henrico — Joseph J English, (?) Henry — Samuel J Mullins, (50 majority.) King William--Harrison B Tomlin. Marion — A S Haymond and Stephen A Morgan. Monongalia — Evans, Stewart, (?) Montgomery — Douthat. Nansemond — N E Riddick. Nelson — J M Shelton. Petersburg — A M Kelley. Pittsylvania — A Buford and John Gilmer. Prince George and Surry — Taylor. Richmond City — Wyndham Robertson, D J Sounders, and D J Burr. Roanoke — Dyeric. Rockingham — Harris, Kinney, and, Walker. Southampt
o; J E Walker, do; T Harvey, do; A Rosser, do; W Rosser, slightly. Company D, Capt James commanding.--Killed: A Fluke. Wounded: W Guspelli, slightly: N J Baker, do; C D Raider, do; W D Jones, severely G M Carper, do; J P Lemon, do; R Lemon, do; J Kelley, do; H Harris, do; G W Garp slightly. Company E, Lieut Norwell commanding.--Killed: Ro Clark, P Spilliam. Wounded: L Williamson, severely; H Gilbert, do; W P Gilbert, do; S Hurt, do; Sg't E G Williams, do. Company F, Capt Douthat commanding.--Killed: Serg't R G Kyle; private W J Trent. Wounded: Privates E Thomson, J H Gardner, R M Lucus, J T Luens, J R Burke, C B Turner, J Whitworth, C H Haley; Lieut Ragan. Company G, Capt Smith commanding.--Wounded: Lt J A Franklin, severely; Sgt A C Guy, slightly; Corp'l W H Shafer, severely; Privates W S Nelson, slightly; J J Old, do; R Kent, do; S Booths, do; J Wills, do; J Conley, do. Company K, Lieut Hardy, commanding.--Killed: Lt Hardy, Privates Isaacs and Cash.