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stances preceding it. About two weeks ago, a party of 300 Yankees came up from Hampton and occupied Bethel Church, which position they held a day or two and then retst time that they escaped. The troops under Maj. Lane, passed within sight of Hampton, and as they turned up the road to return to Bethel encountered the Yankees, nnfantry and two guns, under Gen. Magruder, left the camp and proceeded towards Hampton; but after advancing a mile or two, received information that the Yankees werend a few moments after their infantry retreated precipitately down the road to Hampton. Our Cavalry, numbering three companies, went in pursuit, and harassed them down to the edge of Hampton. As they retreated many of the wounded fell along the road and died, and the whole road to Hampton was strewn with haversacks, overcoHampton was strewn with haversacks, overcoats, canteens, muskets, &c, which the men had thrown off in their retreat. After the battle, I visited the position they held. The houses behind which they had
who had a distinguished command on the occasion. From it your readers will be enabled to form a just idea of the locality and the manŒuvres, without feeling themselves confused by the details, which are always sure to encumber the narrative of an inexperienced writer, or of one who writes upon a contracted view of the whole field. Outline. The road from Bethel Church to Hampton runs South. The Confederates poised themselves on both sides of it at the Church, facing down the road to Hampton. The U. S. troops came up it until within artillery range, and planted their battery in the road, but screened from sight by a small house and by woods.--The Confederate battery on the right and close to the road opened on the U. S. battery and on the column in its rear. The U. S. battery replied, and columns of U. S. troops wheeled to the right and left, circled around the position of the Confederates, and assaulted it on the right and left. On the right of the Confederates there was a
Saturday's Skirmish — Werth's Exploit &c. Bethel Church, Eight miles from Hampton, York Co., Va., June 9th. As you will see by the date of my letter, we have again changed our quarters. We are now about eight or nine miles this side of Hampton, at Bethel Church, York county, and nearer the enemy than we have ever been yet, being almost in cannon shot of them. We are all in good spirits, and still eager for a fight. I have had the pleasure of seeing any number of Yankee soldiers line of battle, that the enemy were advancing, he having seen an advance guard of 300 men ! The bugle sounded us to arms, and in about ten minutes all the companies stationed here were ready and anxious for the fight. We were marched up towards Hampton a few yards, and then counter marched into the woods, in rear of our quarters, where we lay in ambush for about an hour, awaiting the approach of the enemy; but no enemy came, the alarm having been caused by one of our scouting party meeting an