rdan; the 59th Va., Col. Anderson, and two companies of the 17th N. C., (the remnant of the regiment captured at Hatteras,) under Major Hill.
These all amounted to thirteen hundred and sixty men. After establishing the proper guards pickets, sentinels, and manning the batteries, only eight hundred were left at that time to meet the force landed by the enemy during.
the evening and night.
Ten men from the "Blues," and ten from the "McCulloch Rangers," were sent on picket duty, under Capt. Wise, to watch the course of the Federal scouts.
Soon in the morning, about 5:30, the "Blues" and "Rangers" were sent out on a reconnaissance, and met the enemy, some eight hundred yards below the battery, cautiously approaching.--Previous to this, Col. Anderson had sent out Capt. S. M. Williamson, a bold and dashing scout, to ascertain what was being done.
He ran up to the Federal pickets, shot one and brought in his gun, a fine Enfield rifle, and gave information regarding the approach.--Th