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ention. Colonel Magruder, in his official account of the battle, his done this battalion justice; but, as only a few will see this account, I ask, as a simple act of justice, that this be published Colonel Magruder, since the battle, is certain that we were attacked by upwards of five thousand men, and between three and four hundred of the enemy killed and wounded. As a piece of interesting news, of which you have not yet, I believe, become possessed, I will mention that, on the 12th, Captain Davis, Lieutenant Lea, and Dr. Martin, of the New York Firemen Zouaves, came with a flag of truce from General Butler to our out-post, to treat with Colonel Magruder in relation to their dead, wounded, and prisoners. The result of the interview has not transpired, except that one of their prisoners was exchanged for one of ours. It is said by military men that this is a positive recognition of us, as a belligerent power, and will be so regarded by the nations of Europe. A Participant.
The Daily Dispatch: June 17, 1861., [Electronic resource], The vote on the Ordinance of Secession. (search)
Mounted Guerilla Rangers --Col J. J. Daniel and Lieut. Thos. W. Upshur are raising, for immediate service in Gen. Wise's Brigade, a corps of Mounted Guerilla Rangers. Their movement is sanctioned by Col. Davis, and we have reason to believe that the plan they propose will result in a most effective acquisition to our Southern forces. The officers above named are endeavoring to secure some pecuniary aid from the citizens of Richmond, since it has been determined to arm and equip the corps in the most approved style, and we hope that every man of means will exhibit his patriotism by responding favorably to their appeal. Guerilla fighting will help us out wonderfully.
ad of the Engineer Corps, 80; Thayer, Engineer, 80; Craig, head of the Ordnance Department, 76; Ripley, Ordnance, 70; Sumner, 65; Lawson, Surgeon General, 80; Larned, Paymaster General, 70; Gibson, Commissary General; Churchill, Inspector General; and Thomas, Adjutant General, are old men, having entered the army in the beginning of the present century — Gibson in 1808, and Churchill in 1812. On the other hand, remarks the Columbia Guardian, we find in the Army of the Confederate State Davis, Commander-in-Chief, a young man comparatively, and full of energy, vigor and fire; Beauregard, only between 40 and 50, in the full vigor of health; Lee, about 54 or 55; Bragg, active, vigorous and efficient, with others that might be named did we know their precise ages. In the physique of our officers, and in the materiel of their command, the Confederate States have a decided advantage over the enemy. But above all these they have the higher advantage and the favor of the Almighty, in t
The Daily Dispatch: June 17, 1861., [Electronic resource], A Later account, direct from the Fortress — interesting details. (search)
s Monroe, Hampton, or Newport News, Butler's command being entirely occupied in grieving over their defeat, and each Regiment endeavoring to shift the disgrace thereof upon the other. The question to be settled among them is not which did the most to prevent defeat — but who were the greatest cowards. All who were not of the party concede to the whole force this latter claim. Butler himself was so much occupied with his grief that he even omitted to "sneer" the visitors yesterday. Major Davis came up in the steamship this morning, on his way to Washington, as a bearer of dispatches. As the Georgeanna went down, she rescued a negro who was clinging to a capsized boat, a short distance this side of Old Point. He was taken on board, when he told them that he was a slave of John Payne, and that he had run away to avoid fighting. When the steamer arrived, Butler "confiscated" the negro, and retained him. The reports in Hampton show that the Confederate troops are rap
ut. G. was shot dead while working one of his guns. He had three 12-pound howitzers. He is said to have relations in Baltimore, and was highly esteemed by his fellow-officers. The force of the Confederates in the conflict is variously estimated at from eight hundred to twenty-five hundred, and was said to be an advance body from the forces at Yorktown. The Federal officers who particularly distinguished themselves for bravery were Col. Duryea, Lieut. Col. Warren, Col. Townsend, Maj. Davis, Lieut. Greble and Capt. Kilpatrick--all of whom, except Townsend and Greble, are attached to the Zouave Regiment, which went through the battle with remarkable bravery Captain Fitzpatrick was among the wounded. The belief here is that the Confederate forces were under the command of Col. Magruder, and their guns did fearful execution. The battery was evidently hastily constructed, and two of its guns were removed to more favorable positions while the battle was going on, so that the
Sharpe's Carbines. --The Southern Federal Union says that while the President had a large cavalry force in Virginia, it is understood he is somewhat deficient in the arms proper for that service. Gov. Brown, of Georgia, was informed of this fact, and promptly offered to loan President Davis five hundred new Sharpe's Carbines, in first rate order, with a full supply of cartridges. The President at once accepted the offer, and the Carbines have been shipped to him at Richmond.
Competent workmen are now employed in fitting up one of the substantial brick tobacco factories in Jefferson Ward as a depot for the reception of prisoners of war. State and national affairs cannot at all times be judiciously mingled. It seems, however, that it might be done with the consent of His Excellency President Davis, to the extent of employing the prisoners in some useful and laborious occupation, such as digging fortifications, cleaning up the streets, &c., like our municipal Chain-Gang.