cavalry, was the only commissioned officer wounded. In this regiment, there were three killed, and eight wounded. The infantry sustained no loss. A number of men are missing; but as they are coming in from time to time, it is probable all will return. We have no opportunity to estimate the loss of the enemy.
Rebel account of the occupation.
Fredericksburgh, April 21, 1862.The report of the advance of the Federal forces reached Fredericksburgh Thursday afternoon. As late as midnight Thursday night, Gen. Field, who was in command of the confederate troops, assured citizens that he did not believe, from the reports brought in by his pickets, that the Yankee force was sufficient to threaten an attack which involved the occupation of the town. The citizens and the “civil authorities” rested, therefore, hopefully on the belief that Gen. Field's troops would defend and save the town from Yankee occupation. This hope was sadly crushed; for at seven o'clock on Friday morning it was discovered by the citizens that the bridges across the river were in flames, and that the confederate troops were retreating from Falmouth, and making their way through Fredericksburgh into the country back of it. I have no desire to criticise our General or his troops; but it is due to the citizens and “civil authorities” to say that they were sorely distressed when they found that the Yankees were not resisted and beaten back. Nor was this sorrow lessened when they found that the Yankee force consisted of a single brigade; for it was not until three o'clock on Saturday afternoon that an accession of force was added to one brigade, before which our troops retired. I trust it may appear that our officers did not know that the Yankee force was so small, or that they were erroneously informed as to its strength. By nine o'clock on Friday morning, the Yankees had planted their cannon so as to command the town; and a regiment of their cavalry appeared near the river, which was fordable at several points not much over knee-deep. Gen. Field's entire force had evacuated the town, and Fredericksburgh lay at the feet of the Yankees. The Common Council was convened by the Mayor, and assembled in the presence of a few citizens who were invited to aid their deliberations. This body determined first, to send no message to the Yankee General until a communication was received from him; secondly, that so soon as the Yankee officer sent a communication, that a response should be made, which response I now copy and send you for publication; whether this response is worthy of the fair fame and patriotic spirit of the “Old burgh,” I leave to Southern criticism to determine. A committee, consisting of the Mayor, two Councilmen, and three citizens, all to the manor born, good men and true, were delighted to deliver this response. About four o'clock Friday afternoon a white flag was waved from the Yankee lines across the river, and the signal was answered. A Federal officer came across the river and handed to the committee (who had repaired to the river to await his arrival) a written request from Brig.-Gen. Augur that he might have an interview with the civil authorities of Fredericksburgh. An arrangement was finally made, by which the committee were invited to see Gen. Augur at the headquarters, near Falmouth, on Saturday morning. The committee went Saturday morning, and had an interview with this General and delivered the response. Gen. Augur, after stating that he was but a brigade commander, and that Gen. McDowell would arrive in a day or two, with whom all definite arrangements must be made, still assured the committee that whenever the Federal forces occupied the town all measures needful to secure protection to persons and property, as demanded by the usages of civilized warfare, should be observed. I deem it proper to add, for the information of your readers, that Gen. Augur gave no satisfaction to the committee as to whether the Yankee army would pay for army supplies taken from citizens, and also admitted that slaves coming into the Yankee lines would be sheltered and held against reclamation. Justice to the people and authorities of Fredericksburgh requires that this much should be published, in order to correct the idle and baseless gossip circulating as to the mode of our occupation by the Yankees. No truer or more loyal population can be found in the confederate States than that of Fredericksburgh, now subjected to the inexpressible humiliation and distress of Yankee dominion. I am, sir, eZZZ.,
To the Editor of the Richmond Examiner:
To the Editor of the Richmond Examiner:
A citizen of Fredericksburgh.