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[55] in number, well armed with revolvers and sabres, and mounted on very fleet horses, made a dash for the blacks under Capt. Armstrong, charging down upon them with the yell of demons. The blacks immediately faced them. Not a man flinched, but met them heroically, loading and firing their guns until their ranks were broken by the rush of the enemy's horses among them, when it was thrusting and cutting with bayonet and sabre, when Capt. Seamen rushed with his men to the rescue, and the enemy retreated, carrying their dead and wounded with them.

Captain Crew was shot dead. Lieut. Gardner fell severely wounded, and eight blacks were killed and eleven wounded. Individual instances there were among the blacks of the most cool and undaunted courage.

Lieut. Gardner, when wounded and lying insensible upon the grass, was approached by one of the rebels, who dismounted, cut the belt from his revolver, and deliberately fired a charge from it at his head. The ball, happily, only grazed the side of his skull, doing but little damage. A colored man, lying near by, having been knocked down by a horse and severely hurt, and who was just recovering from the fall, saw the dastardly act, and levelling his piece, shot the fellow dead in his tracks.

Another rebel, seeing Capt. Crew fall, rushed with his horse to the spot, dismounted, and proceeded to rob his pockets, the Captain yet writhing in the agonies of death. A noble and stalwart colored man, who lay bleeding with some three or four wounds near where the Captain fell, saw the rebel, in his hellish purpose, pull the watch from the Captain's pocket, summoned all the strength in his power, seized his discharged musket, rushed to the spot, and, as secesh mounted on one side of his horse, darkey thrust the bayonet through his body, dismounting him in death, and recovering the Captain's watch, and securing his horse as a trophy, and then fell exhausted and bleeding to the ground again. This noble fellow is severely wounded, but will recover. The watch he has sent to the Captain's sister at Leavenworth.


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