The recent victories.
[Correspondence of the Richmond Dispatch.]
Bull's Run, Blackburn's Ford, July 23d, 1861.
After the splendor of the victory of Sunday, the lesser successes of the preceding Thursday
have almost been forgotten, although they were achieved by the same gallantry that drove back the invaders at Stony Bridge.
The fight of Thursday was more limited in the extent of the field and in the numbers engaged, but the proportion of the relative loss of both sides in men was as immensely disastrous to the enemy as on the latter occasion.
The 1st and 17th Virginia, and the 8th Louisiana Regiments, the latter for a portion of the time, assisted by Kemper
's Alexandria Artillery and the Washington Artillery, with four or five pieces, met, charged and repulsed the entire attacking force of the enemy.
The battle was commenced by the enemy, who threw shell along our whole line; his fire was replied to by Kemper
with tremendous effect, while large numbers of the foe were falling at every discharge.
Sixteen dead were counted lying on the bank opposite the Warren Rifles and the Old Dominion Rifles from Alexandria
All our men conducted themselves gallantly, but the glorious feature of the day was the charge made by the Loudoun Guard and Alexandria Riflemen, who bravely crossed the Run
, routed the Yankees
, killing several and taking seven prisoners. Capt. Marye
's conduct is worthy of all praise.
The battle closed with a majestic cannonading between the rifle battery of the enemy posted in a commanding position on our fight, and the New Orleans
battery partially concealed from the foe by woods, which served as a cover for our infantry.--The hostile guns were silenced, and general quiet reigned until the morning of the bloody Sunday
of Stony Bridge.
On that eventful day, Gen. Longstreet
's Brigade was posted so as to attack the batteries on the enemy's left; only mistaken orders prevented Ewell
and others, from increasing our tremendous victory.
Their brigades were all prepared to advance, to charge the batteries and to turn the enemy's left, which would have hastened our success and cut off Scott
's retreat; but this movement was not carried into effect.
Portions of Longstreet
's men were thrown out as skirmishers in advance of Garland
's Regiment, three Richmond
companies and the Alexandria
Old Dominion Rifles, which latter drove back the line of the enemy's skirmishers when within two or three hundred yards of the heavy five-gun battery, fired on the cannoniers, shooting some of them, and only retired before tremendous discharges of grape and canister.
Our men displayed great bravery--Capt. Herbert
and Lieut. Forrest
, both of Alexandria
, in particular; the latter cheered on our men under a galling fire from five guns directed entirely at the brave boys, who lost one killed and four wounded. Longstreet
's Brigade will make a name in this contest.
Let this notice preserve exploits which would otherwise be forgotten.