Norfolk day-book account.
On Saturday afternoon, about two o'clock, eight companies of the Third Georgia regiment, under command of Col. Wright
, attacked the enemy in an open field about two miles below South-Mills
The enemy's force was estimated at from three thousand five hundred to four thousand men, but notwithstanding the great odds in point of numbers against us, we succeeded in keeping the enemy at bay for a number of hours.
Finally, owing to the fact that our ammunition had been exhausted, we were compelled to fall back to South-Mills
, and from South-Mills
to the Half-Way House
, where we are now awaiting reenforcements.
Our informant could not tell us the exact number of killed and wounded, but says it was at first estimated to be about one hundred.
Since then the number has very much decreased, and from last accounts, our loss it is thought will not exceed fifty.
The enemy's loss is represented as being very heavy, and is put down at from eight hundred to nine hundred.
The account of the great havoc made among the Unionists by our artillery pieces, is confirmed by our informant.--Norfolk Day-Book
, April 21.