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orders to several regiments to hold themselves in readiness to march at a moment's warning. At the same time the Chief of the Ordnance Department received orders to sent out forthwith a battery of howitzers, which was soon under line of march, comprising four 12-pounders, a detachment of United States artillery, with Lieut. Greble and other officers. A party of men belonging to what was known as the Naval Brigade was also quickly mustered for the purpose of conveying troops across Hampton Creek, which was done by means of fishing boats sent down on Saturday from the Susquehanna river. The detailed force of volunteers consisted of three regiments, viz: The Albany Regiment, commanded by Col. Townsend; the New York Zouaves, Col. Duryea, and the Seventh Regiment, commanded by Col. Benedix, with companies of other regiments, the whole comprising a force of nearly 3,000. The command moved at 12½ o'clock on Sunday night, with the Zouaves nearly one hour ahead, and owing to a most un
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ney's Regiment was held in reserve under arms, to be ordered forward at any moment. The same paper contains the following: Fortress Monroe, Va., Monday, June 10, 1861. Last night about two o'clock quite a large force left camp, under command of Brigadier General Pierce, with the design of breaking up marauding expeditions on the part of the enemy, for the purpose of running off the Negroes and white men to work on their batteries. The forces were transported safely over Hampton Creek in barges manned by the Naval Brigade, under supervision of Lieut. Crosby of the frigate Cumberland. The force had proceeded about three miles beyond the creek when they were fired upon by the New York Seventh Regiment, who had marched down from Newport News for the purpose of joining in the expedition. The Seventh was established in a copse of wood, at an angle of the road, and their fire was quite destructive. Sergeant Carey, of Company A, Colonel Townsend's Regiment, was killed.