[correspondence of the Richmond Dispatch]
C. H., Aug. 8, 1861.
This king would like to performed by each of Manassas
, 21st, 1 of the part which the First Regiment of Cavalry under Col Sinart, took in the gemants
We were drawn up in a meadow about one and a half miles in rear of our left, from sun rise till about two o'clock, from which plans we could hear distinctly the deep doom of the cannon and the sharp reports of the musketry, but had no means of ascertaining how the day was going.
About 2 o'clock, Colonel Stuart
received orders to charge upon that column of the enemy attacking us upon the left.
As we marched towards the scene of action, we received most discouraging reports from the stragglers; but this only nerved us the more for the conflict.
's Brigade was engaged with the enemy at the time upon the summit and along the northern base of a hill, which was covered with trees and under-brush.
We skirted around the Southern
base of this hill and came out from the woods upon the left flank of the enemy's column, and within about one hundred yards of them.
Setting up a terrific yell, we charged upon them, our gallant Colonel
leading; rode straight through their column, and shot the wretches down by scores as they scattered in every direction.
It was the Ellsworth
's Zouaves upon whom we charged, and their red uniform offered us a fair and distinct mark.
After firing all our shoes, we retired behind the woods and formed into line, preparatory to another charge, if necessary.
The regiment of Zouaves were scattered so widely by us that I did not believe it possible that they formed again during the battle.
One of our men, upon riding over the field the day after the battle, counted two hundred and thirteen of the Zouaves dead and wounded.
The damage we received was from the fire of a company of the Zouaves, which had formed into line on the edge of the woods before we charged, killing nine of our men.
It is not
true, as stated by one of your correspondents, that Capt. Carter
's was the only
company that made the charge.
's company was in front, and was followed immediately by the Clarke Cavalry
, led by Lieut. Taylor
, which company was complimented in high terms
by Col. Stuart
for their gallant conduct during the charge and the remainder of the battle.
Portions also of other companies were in the charge, the ground being too circumscribed for a charge by the whole regiment.
After we had formed in the rear of the woods, a strong reenforcement of infantry came up, and we moved still further to our left and formed in an open field in the rear of the Newtown
battery, commanded by Capt. Beckham
This battery had a most excellent position, and we could see every ball mow down large numbers of the enemy.
Our men had driven the enemy by this time from the hill down into the hollow and up to the top of another hill, where they made a stand.
We could see regiment after regiment come up to the blow of this hill, volley, and give way to h regiments.
But our infantry held their ground so stoutly, and Capt. Beckham
his balls into the very midst of their column with such terrible effect, that at last they broke ranks and scattered over the country in headlong flight.
Our cavalry, which had been following the battery in its different positions further and further to our left, and thus prevented them from forming into line for fear of being out flanked by us, now set out in pursuit of the flying enemy.
At almost every step we took prisoners — sometimes singly and sometimes in squads of five or six.
In every instance save one, they threw down their arms when summoned by one or two troopers.
We overtook many of their wounded who had dragged then selves from the scene or conflict, but at last., worn out, had lain themselves down to die. One of them, who was lying dead in a corn-field, was covered with corn leaves, very probably placed there by some devoted friend, who wished to conceal his death agony from his foes.
Not even the fierce excitement of the battle could keep back the tears from my eyes upon witnessing this touching instance of the devotion of a faithful friend.
We followed the enemy to a considerable distance from the field of battle, taking a great roady prisoners, amongst them an ambulance filled, within two hundred yards of their rear guard of cavalry.
At last, darkness compelled us to retrace our steps.
We encamped for the night in advance of the army, and casting our wearied bodies upon the ground we were soon enjoying the luxury of sound slumber.