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counts from the Baltimore papers of June 12th, which are, indeed, more nearly accurate than any that follow; although the "Associated Press" narrative, revised by Gen. Butler, is a weak attempt to gloss over a disastrous event: [From the Baltimore Sun, June 12th.] Old Point, June 10, 1861.--At a late hour on Sunday night Gen. Pierce, left with about five thousand men, a part of which consisted of a German regiment (Col. Benedict) from New York, and one of the Albany regiments, (Col. Townsend.) and the Zouave Regiment, Col. Duryea. The column was divided, and before reaching the Great Bethel bridge they met, and mistaking each other for the enemy, began a fight. The Albany regiment soon gave way and ran. Two were killed and nine wounded.--The mistake was then discovered, and the entire column was reformed and marched towards the bridge, where it was said some four hundred of the Confederate forces were lodged. On reaching the creek it was found that the Confederate
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med it necessary to dislodge them. Accordingly movements were made last night from Fortress Monroe and Newport News.--About midnight Col. Duryea's Zouaves and Col. Townsend's Albany regiment crossed the river at Hampton by means of six large batteaux, manned by the Naval Brigade, and took up the line of march, the former some two ived next, and took a position at the intersection of the roads. Not understanding the signal, the German regiment, in the darkness of the morning, fired upon Col. Townsend's column, marching in close order, and led by Lieut. Butler, with two pieces of artillery. Other accounts say that Col. Townsend's regiment fired first. At aCol. Townsend's regiment fired first. At all events, the fire of the Albany regiment was harmless, while that of the Germans was fatal, killing one man, and fatally wounding two others, with several slight causalities. The Albany regiment having fallen back, the Germans discovered from their accoutrements left on the field, that the supposed enemy was a friend. They
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 nead owing to a most unfortunate misunderstanding in relation to signals, two of the regiments got into collision, when Col. Benedix's regiment, mistaking that of Col. Townsend for the enemy, fired into them, and did not discover their mistake until the dawn of day, when their supposed enemies left them masters of the field. It is noYork Regiment, was struck by a cannon ball and dropped dead. Three members of the same company were badly wounded. It appears that the Albany Regiment, under Col. Townsend, was in reserve. It was thought that Lieut. Col. Grinnell had been killed, as he was missing. Capt Judson Kilpatrick, of Company H, of the Zouaves, was wound
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lly termed by Butler, through which Col. Benedix's German Regiment defeated Col. Townsend's Albany Regiment, the latter having ingloriously fled in the wildest confus wounded in the leg by a cannon ball, the same ball having torn off one of Col. Townsend's epaulette before striking Captain K. His wounds are considered dangerous.the Zouaves was seven killed, forty-two wounded, and fifteen missing. Colonel Townsend, of the Albany Regiment, driven to desperation by the disgrace attached toname they bore before they had been tried, and it was deemed wonderful that Col. Townsend escaped unhurt. The Federal troops charge that the greater portion of theiroad, and their fire was quite destructive. Sergeant Carey, of Company A, Colonel Townsend's Regiment, was killed. Lieut. Stone, of. the same regiment, a sergeant, intervened which could not be passed, and the gallant lads fell back. Col. Townsend's regiment also went nearly to the battery, but meeting the same obstructio
ble, but I cannot state the number. Col. Duryea's New York Zouaves had seven killed, forty-two wounded and four missing. The four other regiments, Albany, Col. Townsend; Steuben Volunteers, Massachusetts, Col. Benedix; Troy, Col. Carr, and First New York, Col. Allen, all suffered severely.--About twenty artillerists of the regance body from the forces at Yorktown. The Federal officers who particularly distinguished themselves for bravery were Col. Duryea, Lieut. Col. Warren, Col. Townsend, Maj. Davis, Lieut. Greble and Capt. Kilpatrick--all of whom, except Townsend and Greble, are attached to the Zouave Regiment, which went through the battle withTownsend and Greble, are attached to the Zouave Regiment, which went through the battle with remarkable bravery Captain Fitzpatrick was among the wounded. The belief here is that the Confederate forces were under the command of Col. Magruder, and their guns did fearful execution. The battery was evidently hastily constructed, and two of its guns were removed to more favorable positions while the battle was going on