The invasion of Alexandria.
the capture of Capt. Ball's Cavalry and Subsequent treatment.
shooting of Col. Ellsworth.
disgraceful conduct on the part of Lincoln's troops.
&c., &c., &c.
[special Correspondence of the Dispatch.]
Manassas Junction, May 27, 1861.
--Having seen no authentic statement of the occupation of Alexandria
, it may be of interest to your readers to know some of the details.
Early on the morning after the election, (about 3 o'clock,) notice was given that preparations were in active progress for the occupation of Alexandria
by the Federal
of the Pawnee
came over with a flag of truce, and notified Colonel Territt
that the troops in town must surrender or evacuate by 9 o'clock. By order of General Lee
, commandant of Virginia
forces, the troops were ordered to evacuate.
Having done so twice before, the order was not promptly obeyed, our indeed was the notice sufficiently exciting to make them do so.
In accordance with the Punic character of the Administration thus far, the Federal
troops were burried in, and captured the larger portion of Captain Ball
's company, and, it is said, handcuffed them, put them on board a steamboat, and marched them up to Washington
and through their streets in triumph.
As remarked above, the capture of the troopers was partly the result of negligence, but more the result of the Punic faith of the Black Republican
soldiery, it having been well understood, time and again, that the troops would have until 9 o'clock to evactate.
Mistrusting the characters of the Black Republicans
, most of the troops collected and returned to the west end of the town, while the Republican
troops were not over two hundred yards distant, and might easily have had an engagement even with the small force of 600, without artillery, and having it well understood that no stand was to be made.--The Republican troops, to the number of several thousand, formed in front of the river, under cover of the Pawnee
, whilst the Flying Artillery came down by the turnpike.
The Confederate troops retired in perfect order, and without any hurry, and having stopped the train about three or four hundred yards from the depth, about 6 o'clock the cars left for Manassas Junction
The troops stationed in Alexandria
had to have the necessaries of comfort.
There all had to be left in consequence of the shortness of time allowed.
The troops are now here having left many articles of clothing and camp equipments.
It must be all right, now that delay has put us behind in preparation; but it galls Virginians
very much to have to yield their soil, even for a moment.
Trusting to the skill and bravery of our commanding officers, we hope soon to see the vandals driven from our borders.
The vandals are driving out our citizens, whilst such men as Close, late of the Southern Protection Office; Liggon
, bookseller; Bennett
, daguetreotypist, and other ‘"Union"’ men are acting as special guides to the demons who hold reign in Alexandria
Both journals have been discontinued, and the editor of the Sentinel
retired with the soldiers.
As yet the offices have not been destroyed, nor any special violence exhibited How much longer this will continue we can't sell, as the vandals declare their intention of holding the place for all time.
The affair at the Marshall House
you have already heard.
fell like a hero, having singled out his man. He was asleep, when he was awaked and informed that a squad of the Zouaves had mounted his roof on the inside and seized his flag.
He immediately put on his pantaloons and shoes and met Ellsworth
as he came down with the flag in his hands, and shot him through with a double-barrelled shot gun, loaded with buck-shot.
The squad of Zouaves, close by, immediately fired upon him with Minnie rifles, shooting him in the face, and stabbing him afterwards.
P. S.--There are many other matters of interest which could not be put in this communication.
It is reported since the above was written that a number of stores have been broken open, the Mansion House
seized and occupied, the depot books torn up and the safe rifled of $75, the Court-House
seized and the papers all burnt, besides a number of arrests made — among the rest, Robt. Ashby
, the merchant, than whom a better man does not live.
In addition to the above, it is positively stated that a number of rapes have been perpetrated, and all the deeds which you might naturally expect from an unprincipled set of men who are following in their train.
These facts are in the main fully authentic; the rest well sustained by current testimony.
It will thus be seen that we must put out our whole strength, and humbly invoking the blessing of Heaven on our cause, advance to the rescue of our people, before the vandal hordes gather strength by our delays and overrun the State
There is no doubt that Richmond
is the great end and aim of the set now sent upon us, and you may rely upon it the thieves sent among us will burn and pillage as they go, when they are fully under way.