Correspondence of the Richmond Dispatch.
the late Col. Dreux.
Fort Davis, Yorktown, July 13th, 1861.
To the Editors of the Richmond Dispatch:
--It seems to me perfectly useless to dwell any longer upon the lamentable event which has taken place lately in the killing of Col. Dreux
, and such is not my intention; North, South, East and West of this Confederacy, we all came here to defend our common cause, and consequently charges of one section against another cannot, by any means, result in any good.
The troops engaged in the late encounter with the enemy, near Newport News, did their duty; and had it not been for the unexpected death of the Lieut Colonel
commanding in chief, the result would have proven much more satisfactory, as not one of the Yankees
would have escaped unhurt.
The loss of Lt. Col. Dreux
is, nevertheless, a most lamentable fact; in him the country loses one of the staunchest defenders of Southern rights, and our beloved State one of her most chivalrous and patriotic sons.
Highly esteemed at home as a private citizen by all those who knew him, he enjoyed, as a soldier, the confidence of all under his charge; and the battalion which had the honor to be headed by such a man would have surprised the world at large by the heroic deeds achieved under the command of their gallant leader.
The past is not to be remedied, but for the future, in the name of the two battalions from Louisiana
, the Zouaves and that of Col. Dreux
's, twin brothers of the same State, now stationed at Yorktown
, I would suggest, as a favor from our able Commander-in-Chief
, Gen. Magruder
, not to forget that to us, and to us more especially, belongs the right to revenge the loss of our gallant and most regretted Charles Dreux