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The Daily Dispatch: June 19, 1861., [Electronic resource], Ordnance Department, Richmond.Va.,may 26, 1861. (search)
n the road to Yorktown, was an outwork of the rebels, on the Hampton side of a place called Big Bethel, a large church, near the head of the north branch of Back river, and that here was a very considerable rendezvous, with works of more or less strength in process of erection, and from this point the whole country was laid under contribution. Accordingly I ordered General Pierce, who is in command of Camp Hamilton, at Hampton, to send Duryea's regiment of Zouaves to be ferried over Hampton Creek at one o'clock this morning, and to march by the road up to New Market bridge, then croesing the bridge, to go by a by-road, and thus put the regiment in the rear of the enemy, and between Big Bethel and Little Bethel, in part for the purpose of cutting him off, and then to make an attack upon Little Bethel. I directed General Pierce to support him from Hampton with Col. Townsend's regiment, with two mounted howitzers, and to march about authour later. At the same time I directed Col.
orn. It is expected that about five hundred will be mustered under the following officers: H. D. Whittemore, Colonel; James Millward, Jr., Lieut. Colonel; D. H. Burtnett, Major. Official report of Col. Allen, First Regiment, N. Y. V. Camp Hamilton, Va., June 11, 1861. Maj. Gen. B. F. Butler: Sir: I have the honor to report that, in accordance with orders received from General Pierce on the night of the 9th inst., my command was ordered under arms at 11 P. M., and marched to Hampton creek to support Cols. Townsend and Duryea. I returned to this camp at 4 A. M. of the 10th inst., and was again ordered out at 6 A. M. to proceed forward to Big Bethel, where the enemy was reported to be stationed in force. After a rapid march of twelve miles I reached the ground and found the action going on. Upon reporting to Gen. Pierce, he directed me to proceed to the front and deploy my regiment in front of the battery, which I did, and so remained for one hour and forty minutes under
Naval engagement — gallant and daring Chase of a Federal Streamer --On Sunday evening, about seven o'clock, while the Confederate steamer Empire was engaged in reconnoitering the enemy's works at Newport News, Captain Parrish discovered the Federal steamer Cataline, some distance off and under head way for Old Point. Chase was immediately given, and when within a few miles of Hampton Creek, the Empire fired two shots, one of which is believed to have taken effect on the Cataline — and but for the proximity of the Cumberland frigate, which promptly opened her battery to stop the chase, the Cataline would in all probability have fallen into our hands. Capt. Parrish and his officers deserve much praise for their daring conduct in this little affair, as do also several of the Richmond Greys, who were on board the Empire as a marine guard. It is hoped that Capt. Parrish may soon be better prepared for offensive operations, by Laving a larger and more effecttive steamer placed