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e body of Secessionists made their appearance at the Great Falls, above Washington, opposite Major Gerhardt's command, Eighth German Battalion, of about two hundred men, and commenced firing. Major GMajor Gerhardt's battalion returned the fire, and after the exchange of a few volleys, nobody hurt, the rebels retired, but returned again this afternoon about five o'clock with reinforcements comprising a bcavalry. The firing was kept up with spirit on both sides for several hours, and two men of Major Gerhardt's command were mortally wounded and have since died--privates George Riggs and Martin Ohl. No other men were wounded on the Union side, but Major Gerhardt's sharp-shooters emptied several saddles on the other side, and suppose they must have killed at least a dozen before the enemy retired. Gerhardt's men are anxious to cross the river and meet their enemies hand to hand if they can be found. The firing from the other side was all along the shore from near Dickey's tavern to above the
Frederick H. Dyer, Compendium of the War of the Rebellion: Regimental Histories, District of Columbia Volunteers. (search)
ity April 20, 1861. Mustered out July 20, 1861. Ferguson's Company Militia Infantry. Organized at Washington, D. C., for defence of that city April 22, 1861. Mustered out July 22, 1861. Fletcher's Company Militia Infantry. Organized at Washington, D. C., for defence of that city April 24. 1861, Mustered out July 24, 1861. Foxwell's Company Militia Infantry. Organized at Washington, D. C., for defence of that city April 15, 1861. Mustered out July 15, 1861. Gerhardt's Company Militia Infantry. Organized at Washington, D. C., for defence of that city April 11, 1861. Mustered out July 11, 1861. Goddard's Company Militia Infantry. Organized at Washington, D. C., for defence of that city April 17. 1861. Mustered out July 17, 1861. Grinnell's Company Militia Infantry. Organized at Washington, D. C., for defence of that city April 22, 1861. Mustered out June 11, 1861. Kelly's Company Militia Infantry. Organized at Washington, D
any B, Union regiment, Capt. Kelley, Lts. Herbert, Hines and McMillan, 4 sergeants, 3 corporals and 65 privates, also mustered at the same place and reported for service. This company, together with Carrington's corps, numbers 175 men all told, and owe much of their efficiency to the military enterprise not only of the company officers, but also to their Major. J. Gray Jewell, who has taken no small interest in them since their organization. A few minutes afterwards the Turner Rifles, Capt. Gerhardt, Lieuts. Brown, Dilli and Scamberger, 5 sergeants, 4 corporals, 4 drummers, and 68 privates, arrived at the Department, and took position for inspection. At 10½ o'clock the Washington Rifles, Capt. Balbeck, Lieuts. Leoffler and Haap, 4 Ser'gt., 4 corporals, and 59 privates, arrived on the ground, and took position on the right of the line, and reported for inspection. Company B, Union regiment, having been duly inspected, had the usual oath administered to them by Major General
rough the medium of the Northern Associated Press: A skirmish — army movements, etc. Washington, July 8. --There was a skirmish last night between the pickets of the Eighth battalion of the District of Columbia Volunteers, under Major Gerhardt, and the pickets of the Confederate forces on the other sale of the Great Falls. The former lost one man. The enemy, concealed in the bushes, were fired at, with what effect was not ascertained. A detachment of 3,000 recruits for the Maine regiments, also 150 horses for baggage trains, reached Washington this morning. The skirmish at Great Falls. Washington, July 8, --Further intelligence from Gerhardt's District of Columbia Volunteers at Great Falls has been received. Two of his men were killed and several wounded in the skirmish of yesterday. The Secessionists had a body of cavalry. The parties were separated by the Potomac, but kept up the fight at intervals throughout yesterday. A company of Texas cavalry