Passengers from Alexandria
yesterday report that on Friday morning. Col. Terrett
received information that the Federal
troops would occupy the city at six o'clock, and immediate preparations were made for the Virginia
troops to leave.
's Regiment of Fire Zouaves, in two steamers, touched the wharf about that hour, and disembarked in three minutes, formed into companies, and proceeded into town at double quick time, whooping and shouting in the New York fireman fashion.
It appears that Capt. Ball
, of the Fairfax
cavalry, had told his command that the Federal
troops would not be there until 8 o'clock, and a portion of them laid down to sleep.
The consequence was that forty of these soldiers were taken prisoners.
The Federal troops hurried on the Depot
, but the train, with Virginia
troops and passengers, moved away just in time to escape.
Regarding the shooting of Ellsworth
, by Mr. Jackson
, two statements are made.--One is that Ellsworth
had taken down the flag and was passing through Mr. Jackson
's room with the flag wound around him. Mr. Jackson
who was in bed, demanded the cause of the intrusion, and Ellsworth
cursed him; whereupon Jackson
shot him down with a double-barrel gun. The Zouaves then rushed in and murdered Mr. Jackson
Another account states that Jackson
down with a pistol, as he entered the house.
Our informants, however, are satisfied that Ellsworth
The railroad track in the vicinity of Alexandria
is said to have been torn up by the New York Zouaves.
The Railroad Bridge
has been burnt by the Virginians.
All who could leave Alexandria
by the train did so, and others were leaving at last accounts.
The capture of Capt. Ball
's command could have been easily prevented.
The captain had an hour's notice of the occupation of the town, but told his men that there was no hurry. --Such, at least, is the report.
Nearly all the material was removed from the telegraph office.