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Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 19. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), Magruder's Peninsula campaign in 1862. (search)
iece of his artillery fired was said to have been sighted by his own accurate eye, and to have told with havoc in the enemy's ranks. The battle was brisk and brief, closing with brilliant success on the Confederate side, a rapid retreat of the invading army to its impregnable stronghold at Fortress Monroe, and the loss of but a single man of Magruder's force, with dead and wounded enough on the Federal side to tell a tale of woe as the troops that had proudly tramped through the streets of Hampton in the early morning, to break up and brush away the nest of rebels at Big Bethel, returned in the evening gloaming dispirited, disordered, and whipped into a new estimation of the prowess of the men of the South fighting for their firesides and in the faith of their fathers, who were as tall as the tallest among the framers of the Constitution and the founders of the Union. The battle of Big Bethel demonstrated the great qualities of soldiership in Magruder, and the unsurpassed courage, c
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 19. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), The First North Carolina Volunteers and the battle of Bethel. (search)
e heavily reinforced at Fortress Monroe or at Hampton. We now occupy the point of danger between ta party of three hundred Yankees came up from Hampton and occupied Bethel Church, which position thMagruder, left the camp and proceeded towards Hampton; but after advancing a mile or two, received ntry retreated precipitately down the road to Hampton. Our cavalry, numbering three companies, wlong the road and died, and the whole road to Hampton was strewn with haversacks, overcoats, canteesignal victory achieved over the enemy near Hampton, Va., in which the North Carolina regiment bore ajor Randolph's battery from Yorktown, on the Hampton road, to Bethel Church, nine miles from Hampts and one buggy-load of wounded were taken to Hampton. We had not a single man killed or wounded. hat the skirmish of the same day, much nearer Hampton, in which the advance guard of Major Lane's dturday evening after the skirmish, going into Hampton. We claim, in accordance with these facts,[2 more...]