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nd commenced firing with rifled guns of long range and heavy calibre. Gradually falling back to bring the ships within range of the guns in the "Pork Point" battery, our ships finally made a stand, and at 12. 40, commenced the fight.--Then the engagement became general, and rapid firing was kept up on both sides. Our steamers joined the battery in sending defiance to the thunder of the enemy's guns. Meanwhile preparations were going on to make a defence on land, and word was sent to Gen. Wise to send over reinforcements immediately from Nag's Head. As soon as possible the 59th Virginia regiment, under Col. Frank Anderson, with two companies of the 46th Virginia, under Captain O. J. Wise, were embarked on barges for the island. The fight had begun before the troops reached the point of Roanoke, and as the upper portion was rounded the whole scene burst upon the eye. Ah! what a beautiful sight it was! Below, some three or four miles away, was our little fleet in line, and bey
ast work only shot when a fair and single mark presented itself. Every discharge told with fearful effect upon the Federal ranks.--Col. Anderson was busily running back wards and forwards in giving orders and directing the fight. Col. Shaw was also under fire and displayed personal courage and coolness.--The only charge that can be made against him is that of inefficiency — and he makes no pretensions to military genius. Capt. Coles was killed in carrying an order from Col. Anderson. Capt. O. J. Wise, as brave and gallant a man as ever breathed, constantly exposed himself to protect his men, and finally fell mortally wounded. His fall affected the "Blues" seriously, and, sadly grieving over their loss, could ever be rallied again as before. But they has fought bravely and well for hours before. About half-past 12, the enemy was seen approaching on the right flank, wading waist deep through the morass pronounced Impassable. The place that could not be traversed by a duck, was
regiment. Wise Legion Recruits will be taught the Zouave drill of the French infantry. The company will be raised in compliment to the memory of the late Captain O. J. Wise. We need hardly say that, besides being associated in business with Captain Wise, and in military life as one of the Blues, Lieut. Pardigon was a warm persCaptain Wise, and in military life as one of the Blues, Lieut. Pardigon was a warm personal friend and admirer of the lamented young officer, whose untimely death all deplore. In this connection, we may say that the advertisements of John F. Lannean, Captain Brook's Troop, Hampton Legion; Nat. Tyler, Lieut. Col. Wise Legion; and Lawrence S. Marye, Captain Hampden Artillery, will bear perusal by all who are willing imely death all deplore. In this connection, we may say that the advertisements of John F. Lannean, Captain Brook's Troop, Hampton Legion; Nat. Tyler, Lieut. Col. Wise Legion; and Lawrence S. Marye, Captain Hampden Artillery, will bear perusal by all who are willing to lend their aid in ridding the country of its base invaders.
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