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an any that follow; although the "Associated Press" narrative, revised by Gen. Butler, is a weak attempt to gloss over a disastrous event: [From the Baltimore Sun, June 12th.] Old Point, June 10, 1861.--At a late hour on Sunday night Gen. Pierce, left with about five thousand men, a part of which consisted of a German regiment (Col. Benedict) from New York, and one of the Albany regiments, (Col. Townsend.) and the Zouave Regiment, Col. Duryea. The column was divided, and before reache hundred of the troops were killed and two hundred wounded. The battle began about four o'clock in the morning, and continued for three hours, when the Federal troops were driven back. Great excitement exists at Fortress Monroe, and Gen. Pierce is censured for having exposed his men to the destroying fire of the Confederates for such a length of time. The troops returned to Fortress Monroe, and it was thought another effort would be made to dislodge the Confederates from their p
The Daily Dispatch: June 17, 1861., [Electronic resource], [from another correspondent of the Sun.] (search)
battery was so completely masked that no men could be seen, only the flashes of the guns. There was probably not less than one thousand men behind their sand batteries. A well concentrated movement might have secured the position, but Brigadier General Pierce, who commanded the expedition, appears to have lost his presence of mind, and the Troy Regiment stood an hour exposed to a grating fire. An order to retreat was at last given, but at that moment Lieut. Greble, of the U. S. Army, andnow in the hospital at the Fortress. I should have stated that Col. McChesney's regiment formed a reserve. Col. Hawkins regiment moved from Newport News during the day. The armed vessels went up to Newport News, excepting the Cumberland. All the regiments are now probably at their former quarters. Considerable indignation is manifested against Brig Gen. Pierce. General Butler has been ubiquitous, doing all in his power to save the men and for the honor of the cause.
east. Up to the time the Adelaide left, 9 o'clock on Monday night, two hundred and eighty wounded had been brought to the hospital, and still there were more left. The fire of the Confederates was extraordinarily fatal, and they were so well protected behind their works that nothing was seen of any of them until after the Federal column began their retreat, when some of them mounted on the top of their works. Who was in command of the Confederates was not ascertained, but it was thought that Col. Magruder was there. The guns are said to have been served with great rapidity and unerring aim, not one having missed its mark. Lieut. Greble. This officer, who is reported among the killed, belonged to the regular army, and was a relative of Mayor Henry, of Philadelphia. Brigadier General Pierce. This officer, who commanded the troops during the engagement, is a Massachusetts man, and has held a military commission under the laws of that State for several years.
The Daily Dispatch: June 17, 1861., [Electronic resource], A Later account, direct from the Fortress — interesting details. (search)
t of universal ridicule. Butler condemned Pierce as the cause of their defeat, and Pierce attemPierce attempts to throw the odium upon Major Winthrop, who, he charges, gave the order which exposed the troopsbout two miles from Great Bethel the forces of Pierce discovered two of the cavalry, which was from y had approached, and the principal portion of Pierce's command rushed into this wood, where they wed ten or twelve wounded, while the loss of General Pierce, is nearly or quite four hundred, in killerge force left camp, under command of Brigadier General Pierce, with the design of breaking up marauhem before I can give further details. Gen. Pierce has no orders to hold. Great Bethel, and iion ascertained, are as follows: Brigadier General Pierce, with the 1st, 2d, and 3d New York, fm the enemy's battery. After some time Gen. Pierce gave the order to charge on the battery, ans a share in the killed and wounded. Brigadier General Pierce, who commanded the expedition, is bla
elf safely behind the walls of Fortress Monroe, and to leave to General Pierce and his subordinate officers all the perils attendant upon the d at double that number. The blame is of course, attributed to General Pierce, who is charged by Butler with having "lost his presence of mind and slain before the mistake was corrected. We are told that General Pierce lost his presence of mind on the field of battle, and the infer unconfirmed authority of a telegraphic reporter, and justice to Gen. Pierce requires us to await the facts before we pass an opinion on his ieve, has not yet been commissioned, and who is responsible for General Pierce we are not yet informed. [From the Philadelphia Ledger, 12 seem to have induced greater caution, for we find the commander, Gen Pierce, attacking a masked battery of thirty rifled cannon without apparces. Had Gen. Butler had ordinary prudence, or his subordinate, Gen. Pierce, courage and presence of mind, the calamity would have been spar
ood deal of depression is said to be exhibited among the Federal troops because of the defeat, but they do not lack the courage to renew the contest as soon as they receive the word of command to march. Major Winthrop, one of the aids to General Pierce, who was reported missing, is said to have reached Newport News-point in safety. He gave the order to charge on the battery, when the fearful havoc of his troops took place. [Correspondence of the Baltimore Sun.] Old Point Comfortat of the former. At midnight on Sunday about nineteen hundred men advanced from Newport News-point and three thousand from Old Point Comfort, with an arrangement to meet near Newmarket Bridge, where they would conjoin under the command of Brig. Gen. Pierce, of Mass., for the purpose of checking the incursions of a corps of Virginia dragoons who had arranged the pickets in the vicinity of Hampton. A part of the troops from Newport Newspoint mistaking the Federal troops for the Southern fo
The Daily Dispatch: June 17, 1861., [Electronic resource], Generals Pierce and Bombastes Furioso Butler. (search)
Generals Pierce and Bombastes Furioso Butler. --The Washington correspondent of the Philadelphia Inquirer telegraphs to that paper: At the War Department the utmost regret is expressed at the repulse to our arms, and the disastrous result of the mistake between the two New York regiments. At present all severely condemn the course of Brigadier General Pierce in uselessly exposing his rear to such a galling fire, and it is probable that that officer will meet with severe censure. ous result of the mistake between the two New York regiments. At present all severely condemn the course of Brigadier General Pierce in uselessly exposing his rear to such a galling fire, and it is probable that that officer will meet with severe censure. The special messenger that arrived here to-day from Fortress Monroe, reports that when General Butler heard of the affair at Great Bethel, he exclaimed, "I will have all those rebel batteries before I eat my breakfast tomorrow morning"
same into the service of the United States for three years or during the war. The services of the Boston Irish brigade, known as the 14th regiment, have been accepted, on the condition that they report for duty at Harrisburg within ten days. The improbable rumor that Gen. Butler had renewed the battle at Great Bethel with great results caused an intense excitement throughout the city to day. Lieut. Butler to-day brought the official dispatches of the actual engagement under Gen. Pierce. They no not essentially vary from the published accounts. It is therein stated that of the fourteen Federals killed, eight fell by the hands of their friends, through mistake, as heretofore explained, and that the number of wounded is forty-five.-- [A lie.] The Acting Quartermaster General has ordered the construction of one thousand wagons for the use of the army, to be equally divided among ten different manufacturers. Col. Keys will, there is little if any doubt, be appoin