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Northern account of the skirmish nearWe find the subjoined account of the skirmish on the Saturday preceding the battle at Bethel, in the Philadelphia Inquirer. ‘ On Saturday afternoon last, accounting party, consisting of two companies of the Second (Trov) Regiment New York Volunteers, left Fortress Monroe and went off in the direction of Yorktown. They were under the command of Major Bloss, and the companies were commanded by Captain Tibbets and Lieutenant Taft. The Chaplain of the Regiment, Rev. Mr. Lewis, accompanied them. They had not proceeded more than three miles and a half beyond Hampton when the advance scouts, among whom were Captain Tibbets and the chaplain, arrived at a large mansion. The Negroes advised them to proceed with great caution, as a body of horse were in the neighborhood, and within a short distance of a large encampment of Rebel troops. The advice was taken, and further advance was made with great caution; but as they turned a short bend of the road, they discovered a troop of horse, fifty-four in number. The scouting party hoped to secure a retreat without being discovered, but they were seen by the Rebels, and a field-piece which they had with them, discharged, but without injury, as the whole charge pissed over their heads. The fire was returned by the scouts with effect, as the chaplain informed the gentleman who gave us the particulars, that he saw a number of the Rebels fall from their horses. Every time that our men turned to fire, the brave soldiers of the Confederacy reined up their horses, and alone saved the small party from being taken prisoners, as they would make several feints, and thus gained time. The second and third fire from the Rebels were much better armed than the first, as in the second the chaplain had one of the buttons of his coat and a piece of cloth shot away; and in the third a rifle bullet passed through the cap of Capt. Tibbets. By this time the retreating party arrived at a creek, over which were some loose planks for a bridge. These were thrown into the creek, thus preventing the further progress of the Rebel troops. The advance reached the main body without receiving a scratch. The latter distinctly heard the firing, and hurried to the relief of the former, but met them about a quarter of a mile from the bridge. The whole of the skirmish did not occupy five minutes. All haste was now made to Fortress Monroe for reinforcements; and, in a few moments after their arrival, the whole of the Troy Regiment were marching toward where the Rebels were seen. Brigadier General Pierce was of the party. On their arrival not a vestige of man or horse was to be seen, and it is supposed that they escaped into the neighboring woods, taking their field piece along with them. We should mention that several of the Rebels on the first alarm came out of a house. This was entered by the Federal soldiers and it was plain to be seen that a sudden and hasty retreat had been made, and that quite recently. On the table were glasses partly filled with brandy and water, and in the centre a decanter nearly half full of the liquor, which, unfortunately for our soldiers, was not like the widow's cruse. A number of cigars, partly smoked, lay on the table and about the floor promiscuously. The whole was clear evidence of a sudden alarm. The regiment returned to Fortress Monroe at once, as it was now dark, and it was literally reckless and foolhardy to pursue the enemy further at that hour. ’
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