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The Daily Dispatch: May 31, 1862., [Electronic resource], A Romantic account of the battle of Williamsburg. (search)
tered musicians from the regimental bands. In a moment the triumphant notes of the "Star-spangled Banner" drowned all shrieks and groans. The effect was magical. Our wounded men joined in tremendous cheers. The rebels faltered before the national anthem of the country they had disgraced. Kearney seeing his opportunity, threw his troops into action. General Berry's brigade charged cheering, and drove the enemy before them. The rebels pressed on our centre, but were held in check by Captain Smith's artillery, charged in the dank and rear by Colonels Ward and Reilly, and utterly routed and silenced. On the right the enemy still pushed forward, having abandoned our left and centre; but General Pock retired, fighting. Just then General Hancock's brigade fell back for support, followed by a rebel North Carolina regiment, crying "Bull Run!" "Ball's Bluff! " The enemy was but forty yards distant. Our troops waited and prepared for an advance.--Gen. Hancock rode along the live and sho
The Daily Dispatch: May 31, 1862., [Electronic resource], General Greene--retreat through the Carolinas. (search)
nded in by a gentleman who was confident, by the general belief it obtained, that it was true; and it was regarded as disastrous news, as it destroyed the hope of an immediate battle, in which every one feels certain that Southern arms must be victorious. We are not aware to what extent the lines of McClellan have been changed, nor have we any news regarding the present position of his force, other than that in picket lines have been somewhat withdrawn. In the excitement of the moment the writer of the above-mentioned paragraph also gave undue prominence to the movement by Gen. Smith, perhaps more than was attached to it by the actors themselves, and certainly more than the result of the affair would justify. Yesterday everything was quiet along our nothing having come to our knowledge beyond the usual amount of packet; firing, the monotony being varied occasionally by the roar of a heavy gun. Although anxiously expected for so many days, the great battle assume to delay.