From Hampton's Legion.
Cavalry Expedition — What the Prisoners Said — Painful Casualty — Forward Movement, &c.
Hampton's Legion, Sept. 18th, 1861.
For a month or more your quondam correspondent has been so constantly attending upon the sick of our Legion, and everything has been so quiet and devoid of interest, that he has not written to your sprightly paper a line.
And the unbroken monotony of inactive camp life that drew ‘"its weary length along,"’ was for the first time enlivened a few days since by twenty-five cavaliers from each company being sent on a secret expedition; it was generally thought along the Potomac
A good deal of interest was felt on their return, two days after, to learn what they had done; for the sight of strange ambulances and horses, and men in United States
uniforms, looked very much as though they has-been in pleasant proximity to the Yankees
And so it was. Their design was particularly against a barn in which were stationed a body of advance Federals; but on charging it, they found that the birds had flown.
Determined, however, to strike a blow in the face of the enemy before returning, they charged a distance of two miles over a boggy and broken road, upon their pickets, capturing several, together with three ambulances and a number of arms and knapsacks, and returning unscathed to camp.
Among the prisoners was an old college chum of the Beaufort Troop
's Commissary, who recognized his Southern friend that was immediately, and a traitor Virginia
, resident near Brentsville
From them we learn that Lincoln
has, or will have, sixteen thou- sand pieces of artillery and fifty thousand cavalry wherewith to wipe out the rebels from the memory of ment.
But supposing the horses to be shortly forthcoming, many are altogether unable to imagine where the riders will be found.
For myself, I have not the shadow of a doubt but that every man of the ‘"Grand Army"’ would have mounted a steed after four o'clock on the 21st of July. But be that as it may, if they will only ride them over the Potomac
, to test their horsemanship, there are strong hopes entertained of the uselessness of the Confederate States
purchasing any more horses for the next fiscal year.
I am pained to close by informing you of a serious casualty which happened at our camp last evening.
A dark and heavy cloud arose, accompanied with much wind, which overturned many of our tents, and drenched and pelted our poor fellows with rain and hail.
As the cloud was passing over our encampment, several vivid flashes were discharged, one of which struck Lieut. Grillin
's tent, severely injuring himself and three others, (two negroes and a young man then ill,) and killing the Surgeon
It is thought that the Colonel
will soon recover, and we are thankful that a merciful Providence
turned so far aside the shaft of death as to spare his life to his country.
Yours, respectfully, Jasper
. Later.--General Whiting
's brigade marched this morning from their camp, near Manassas
, to the support of our Legion. They were in fine spirits at the prospect of a speedy fight. Gallant fellows! We wish no better than the Fourth Alabama and the North Carolina
boys to stand beside us in the shock of arms. We will soon be nearer the enemy, and very probably initiate the rapid advance and succession of assaults which will free Virginia
and Mary land (Heaven grant!) from the presence of the hireling hordes. One hundred and sixty horsemen from the cavalry of the Legion are now on a secret exploit, and lively times are expected. Jasper