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,000 United States troops reached Rockville, Montgomery county, and encamped there. The supposition expressed by the writer of the letter is, that the force will be divided and dispatched to guard Edward's ford and Nolan's ford across the Potomac, across which the Virginians might come and assail the capital in the rear. A large Confederate States force are said to be stationed in the neighborhood of the fords mentioned, and fears of a collision are expressed. The news of the battle near Hampton, received here this evening, creates general excitement. The sympathizers with the cause of the South are jubilant over the stirring tidings, and do not attempt to conceal their great gratification. The Union men express unaffected regret at the result. There exists a general incredulity at the report of the small number of killed and wounded, which is conjectured to have been very heavy. from Western Maryland. Hagerstown, June 12--Intelligent Union men here assign two reas
From Norfolk. [special correspondence of the Dispatch.] Norfolk, Va., June 16, 1861. A gentleman from Pig Point yesterday told a gentleman of our city, that firing was recommenced in the direction of Hampton. He distinctly heard the discharge of guns from about sunrise until 10 o'clock, when it ceased. This leads me to inter that the Federal troops are being driven farther into Hampton; and you may not be surprised to hear, in a day or two, of another engagement. In regard to the action at Bethel Church, a dispatch was received here yesterday, stating that over five hundred of the Federal troops were killed. I think some truth may be placed in it. The bravery of young Wyatt, who was shot on the Confederate side, while about to perform a noble duty, is highly commended here. His part in the action certainly justifies the sympathies of us all. I regret to learn that an interesting little son of Mr. Nottingham, of our city, was drowned on Thursday while bathi
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Fortress Monroe, June 10. --This has been an exciting and sorrowful day at Old Point Comfort. General Butler having learned that the Confederates were forming an entrenched camp, with strong batteries, at Great Bethel, nine miles from Hampton, on the Yorktown road, he deemed it necessary to dislodge them. Accordingly movements were made last night from Fortress Monroe and Newport News.--About midnight Col. Duryea's Zouaves and Col. Townsend's Albany regiment crossed the river at Hampton by means of six large batteaux, manned by the Naval Brigade, and took up the line of march, the former some two miles in advance of the latter. At the same time Col. Bendix's Regiment, and detachments of the Vermont and Massachusetts regiments at Newport News moved forward to form a junction with the regiment from Fortress Monroe at Little Bethel, at about four A. M. Col. Benedix's regiment arrived next, and took a position at the intersection of the roads. Not understanding the
The Daily Dispatch: June 17, 1861., [Electronic resource], A Later account, direct from the Fortress — interesting details. (search)
at first supposed to have been killed, as he was missing when the repulsed. Federal troops made an enquiry into the extent of their loss, upon arriving at Hampton, after a rapid retreat of over eight miles. However, as no one, so far as can be ascertained, saw him fall, various conjectures now account for his absence — some think he was killed, some that he was taken prisoner, and others that he is hiding in the woods, near the scene of their defeat. It is stated positively at Hampton that Col. J. B. Magruder was in command of the Confederate forces, which consisted of one artillery corps, with one hundred men and six pieces, a cavalry corps of ave 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 rapidly arriving in Yorktown, and that there is now a force of over 10,000 there. The New York Tribune's account. The
tre, bending it so that the ends nearly came together, and the following ball took off the head of the soldier who had lost his musket. After the retreat of the Federal troops began, the cavalry of the Confederates followed them nearly into Hampton village, and then retired. There was no intention expressed at the Fortress to send out another force to the scene of battle, as it was thought the Confederates would remove their position, and if it should be captured, it would require a fh an arrangement to meet near Newmarket Bridge, where they would conjoin under the command of Brig. Gen. Pierce, of Mass., for the purpose of checking the incursions of a corps of Virginia dragoons who had arranged the pickets in the vicinity of Hampton. A part of the troops from Newport Newspoint mistaking the Federal troops for the Southern forces, at about three o'clock in the morning, opened fire on them, and killed several, besides wounding quite a number. This revealed their approac
en on a common drill. We lost one killed and five wounded, besides four horses and mules laid hors de combat. The enemy lost, as near as can be ascertained from signs, and the prisoners, about one hundred and fifty killed and three hundred wounded. We have found them scattered all through the woods and marshes dead, having crawled away to avoid being scalped, as they all think we indulge in this luxury. They carried off their dead during the fight in four horse wagonlouis, and the road to Hampton was red with blood for six miles. Knapsacks canteens, haversacks, shoes, hats, military overcoats, blankets, rms and accoutrements, were scattered over the same road, whilst corpses were here and there found weltering in their blood. In the pocket of the Captain who was shot by the North Carolinian, was found a letter to his wife, stating that they were about to march against the "traitors," and would scatter us before them like chaff before the wind. He made a sad mistake. If they had w
er steamer, and their first essay in military life was to encamp on the side of a ploughed hill, and, with nothing but a blanket beneath and one above, passed the night; marched next day, at 12 o'clock, five miles, to Williamsburg; rested one day, then marched at eight o'clock every morning three miles, worked on entrenchments, and returned in the afternoon. This lasted three days. Then marched at night to Yorktown, a distance of twelve miles--rested a few days; marched twelve miles toward Hampton, worked one day, obstructing road and in thing embankments; then marched two miles to Bethel Church, which is fifteen miles from Yorktown, rested a while, and were called out at 2 o'clock in the morning, without breakfast, and made an entrenchment fifty feel long, four feet wide, and four feet deep; had a cup of coffee, and in a short time were called upon to engage in the first marched battle of the campaign — the battle of Bethel Church; had the honor of firing the first infantry shot at