We were up to the Court House at 3 o'clock in the morning. On approaching it, the rebels challenged us by asking, “Who comes there?” The answer, “Cavalry,” was given. The next question was, “What cavalry?” To this we replied, “United States cavalry,” and at the same time we fired a volley into the secessionists. They then took to their heels and fled through the village like so many deer. They were all mounted, but proved themselves very inefficient dragoons. We then returned through the village, when we noticed in the twilight a company of infantry, with a field-piece, drawn up to receive us. Nothing daunted, however, we immediately charged, and cut our way through them. At this time the people were firing on us from the Court House and tavern; but owing to the early hour — it not yet being daybreak — and to the dust which our horses raised, most of their shots were at random, and took no effect. For the same reason we cannot be positive how many men we killed, although we do not think that the number (27) set down in the public prints is exaggerated, from the fact that one of our men, who was in the hands of the enemy for a short time as a prisoner, says that lie saw a great many bodies taken into the Court House. Each of us was armed with a sabre, carbine, and two revolvers. The rebels did not appear to be well equipped, although, on the whole, they ought to have made a better fight of it than they did, as they outnumbered us six to one. As before remarked, their cavalry ran away from us in the wildest confusion.--N. Y. Herald, June 5.
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