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was now reinforced by Capt.Bridges company of Riflemen, and being annoyed by the fire of the enemy's musketry from the white house in front, four men were sent to burn it, and in the attempt a noble North Carolinian was shot in she head and died last night.--The effort failed and the house was finally fired by a shell. At 2 o'clock the enemy's fire had nearly ceased, and, after a fight of four hours and a half, he began to retire. He was pursue by the cavalry to the bridge leading to Hampton, which, in his fright, he burnt after passing. The Number of killed and wounded. On our side, one man killed, (he died here last night,) and two others (one badly) wounded. In all, there were eleven only wounded, and most of them, I think, slightly, I saw the worst cases. Our brave friend Hudnall, of the Howitzer Battery, was slightly wounded in his foot. I saw him last night, and he was doing well. Several of the Howitzers were among the wounded, and I learn bear their wo
e suspended and the day observed in accordance with the recommendation of the Confederate Congress. In my letter of yesterday a change of schedule was noted. I have since learned that there is now some doubt in relation to the change taking place, as some of the Western roads have "bolted," and do not seem disposed to come into the arrangement. A few days will, however, suffice to enable me to give the schedule determined on. The reported success of our forces in the neighborhood of Hampton is gratifying in the extreme to all of us, and while waiting for confirmation and particulars, our prayer is, God grant the truth of the report may be verified. Our Southern neighbors still continue to pour in, and with others which reached here yesterday was the First Rifle Regiment of Alabama, well armed and equipped in every respect. They went into camp at this place. The stream of men pouring in is so continuous that it is a wonder to all where so many come from. In Mississippi
ear losing our lives by the fire of our friends. When about fifty yards from the entrenchment we were to occupy, the North Carolinians who were there levelled their guns at us and took aim, mistaking us for the enemy, and would have killed most of us but for our having cried out "friends," and the white badge we wore on our hats; while the enemy wore theirs on the arm. [The letter here gives an account of our loss in killed and wounded, which we have already published] After the battle I took a walk over the field. I counted six corpses — examined them closely their wounds, &c. Among the number were one or two Zouaves. We have also two wounded Zouaves. We cannot tell how many of the enemy are killed, as they conveyed them away; but a horseman, who helped drive them into Hampton after we were done with them, informed us last night that they had four wagon loads of dead, which I am inclined to believe. Had we not had God on our side, we must have been whipped. Charlie.
d and wounded an the side of the enemy. It is estimated to be between three and five hundred. The killed and wounded on our side is as follows: wounded, three Howitzers, and two North Carolinians, slightly; killed, one North Carolinian. Thus you will see that an all-wise God was with us throughout this entire fight At one o'clock the cram of the enemy could be heard loudly beating a hasty retreat, which the enemy did in double quick time, and were followed by the Cavalry within a mile of Hampton. The Cavalry report that they carried with them several wagon loads of dead and wounded, piled one upon the other. The forces of the enemy are said to have been between four thousand five hundred and five thousand, while that of ours amounted to about twelve or fifteen hundred. After the enemy retreated, in company with some of our officers, I walked over the battle-field, and the sight that met my eyes was truly sickening. He and there lie the dead and dying; in one place I saw fifteen
Federal outrages at Hampton. A Hampton correspondent wishes us to "advise the property-holders at Hampton to come back to the village and protect their property and personal effects. Some of the Federal troops have committed excesses; but itHampton to come back to the village and protect their property and personal effects. Some of the Federal troops have committed excesses; but it has been stopped. Now the colored population have begun, and if not stopped soon, the town will be ruined. Houses and stores are broken open every night. Peaceable citizens not bearing armswill not be molested by the Federal troops. I was told This harmless and yet cruel raid, gave rise to the magnificent stories paraded in the Northern papers of the "Battle of Hampton," "Capture of Hampton,"&c. Fearing, however, that something more belligerent might take place, is the small military forHampton,"&c. Fearing, however, that something more belligerent might take place, is the small military force we had (not over 150 men) were ordered to Yorktown, nearly every family has since left the place. It is now emphatically a "deserted village." This was to say the least, an unnecessary, cowardly and cruel insult, answering no other purpose than
Relic of the battle-field. --Mr. J. W. Dobbins, of Hampton, Va., has left in our care an interesting relic of the battle at Bethel Church. It is a portion of a Minnie musket, which he picked up on the field after the fight. It was struck by a cannon shot near the guard, and the stock torn off, leaving the barrel and lock complete. The owner was probably killed by the same shot, as a human hand was found on the ground near the musket. Mr. Dobbins is one of those who has been driven from his home by the invader, and has removed his family five times, in consequence of the outrageous conduct of the Northern troops. He is a member of the Wyth Rifles, of Hampton, which company was in the engagement. The gun can be seen at this office.