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downward tendency; that is, every eye is eagerly turned to the country below us. Brisk operations upon a small scale are going on there. Day before yesterday, Captain Werth, of the Pittsylvania Troop, while reconnoitering in the country around Newport News, with nine men, fell into a party of thirty-five live Yankees, who, I presuupon Col. Duryea's heroes by the fighting man of the New York Herald, whom I take to be Bennett himself. On the contrary, they were routed at the first onset. Capt. Werth killed two of them with his pistol, (both officers,) and the horse of a third, who slid from the animal as the barber did when he was charged by the redoubtable knight of La Mancha. I understand that a similar rencontre occurred yesterday, in which two of the enemy were slain. The achievement of Capt. Werth was a very remarkable one, and sounds almost like the old tales of chivalry. Incidents like it must give the enemy a foretaste of what they have to expect from a whole population arm
Correspondence of the Richmond Dispatch.more of 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 , the alarm having been caused by one of our scouting party meeting another of ours — not knowing we had out two. Capt. Werth, of the Pittsylvania Company, (who, by-the-way, was in the Mexican war.) marched his men right into the camp of the enemy at Newport News, a few nights since, before he knew it. You may have seen something of this, but what I say here, he (Werth) stated to some of our men (I being among the number,) yesterday. On finding out where he was, he called out "Virginia Cums in New York were in the camp. The enemy shouted all through the camp--"Look out !" "Virginia Cavalry !" "They are upon us !" and other hideous yells, too numerous to mention, when there were, in fact, but sixty men, (Werth's company) Charli
000, according to the statement of the six prisoners we took. Ours was 1100. Their loss in killed and wounded must be nearly 200. Our loss is one killed and three wounded. The fatal case was that of a North Carolinian who volunteered to fire one of the houses behind which they were stationed. He started from the breast work to accomplish it, but was shot in the head. He died this morning at the hospital. The wounded are Harry Shook, of Richmond, of Brown's Battery, shot in the wrist; John Werth, of Richmond, of the same Battery, shot in the leg, and Lieut. Hudnall, of the same battery, shot in the foot.--None of the wounds are serious. The Louisiana Regiment arrived about one hour after the fight was over. They are a fine looking set of fellows. As there was force enough at Old Point to send up to Bethel and surround us, we took up the line of march and came up to York town, where we now are. I hear to-day, that troops from Old Point are now marching up to attack
ell dead. His men immediately fled — The dead officer had a furlough in his pocket. He had gone to Old Point on leave of absence, and had probably volunteered to lead the troops, at the head of which he fell. His rank was ascertained from his furlough. It was that of captain. The North Carolina regiment behaved splendidly on the occasion, as did Stewart's command — comprising the Young Guard, Captain Walker's company, (Life Guards,) the Southern Guards, the Pittsylvania Rifles, (Captain Werth,)--and, indeed, all our troops. It must have been so, or how could 1,100 men have so utterly routed 4,000, for such was undoubtedly the force of the enemy? For my own corps — whose fortune and glory, alas, I did not share — they won the highest encomium from the commander, Colonel Magruder, who declared he had never seen more effective service from any artillery, and said he was proud of them. In fact, the battle was more an affair of artillery than anything else, like that of Volney