ff by a charge of a body of our men, led by Col. James Howard.
After the artillery duel had terminated, about 4 o'clock P. M. the whole body retreated in the direction of the Meadow Bridge road — moving with considerable haste — passing by Mr. Grant's and Mrs. Gooch's, and crossing the Chickahominy at the Meadow Bridge, six miles from Richmond.
At night they encamped on Mrs. Eliza Crenshaw's farm, about a mile beyond the Bridges, and two miles from Mechanicville.
Their camp-fires were virticles; the only horse from Mrs. Walton, a poor widow; all the mules and horses from J. B. Young, and carried off also his negro butler; a pair of mules and buggy from M. S. Taylor, one horse from A. D. Johnson; six mules and two negroes from Jas A. Grant; a horse and two mules from Dr. Terrell, shot a horse in his yard, and rifled the drawers and wardrobes of his family; one mule from Mrs. Gooch, on escaping from them; two mules from Mr. Storrs; a pair of horses and a gold watch from R. C. Wil