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The Daily Dispatch: June 17, 1861., [Electronic resource] 1 1 Browse Search
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Individual gallantry. --Col. A Alexander Little, of the Fredericksburg News, gives a long and spirited account of the last engagement at Aquia Creek, and concludes by making special mention of instances of individual gallantry. He says: Where shall we begin the list of heroes, when all behaved in a manner above all praise? Cadet Patten Robertson, the brave and modest Tennessee youth of nineteen, from Nashville, who commanded the rifle cannon with the courage and coolness of a veteran, and sent at least two Minnie bills through the Pawnee, we put first on the list. His assistants, Gardner G. Thompson, and short, stout, fat G. Aldersdale, of Richmond, and the rest of them Tennessean, whose names we tried to learn, are worthy of high praise.