--A correspondent of the Pennsacola Observer,
of the 12th, gives the following account of the capture of Major Vodges
, of Fort Pickens
, by our forces in their brilliant sortie on Santa Rosa Island
on the 9th inst:
On the morning of the 9th inst., while Captain James H. Hallonquist
, together with his command, were retreating in obedience to a recall sounded for the purpose of calling the forces of Gen. Anderson
's command from the scene of action, he, Capt. Hallonquist
, was confronted by two companies of the Federal
forces, commanded by Major Vodges
in person, who had succeeded in cutting the entire command off from the retreat.
H. hailed the opposing forces, and received in answer the correct countersign — he then marched up to the head of the column, and was there informed by an officer at the head of the enemy's columns that himself and all of his men were prisoners.
H. there, in the midst of one hundred and twenty armed men, disputed the fact, bringing about an argument with the enemy to give his gallant little band time to rally around him, which they did with the promptness of veterans.
In the meantime Major Vogdes
, thinking his victory complete, rode forward, and seeing acting Orderly Sergeant W. R. Browne
, of the State Artillery, standing out to one side of the column, and mistaking him for an officer in charge of the company, rode up to him and said, you are all prisoners, I have 120 men behind me. The Sergeant
seized his mule by the bridle, at the same time pointing his revolver at his head, remarked, ‘"I have four hundred men behind me, sir; you are a prisoner — dismount or I blow your brains to h--"’ Suffice it to say, the Major
dismounted without further argument, and was immediately taken possession of by the officers commanding the little band of spikers and burners.
The fight then became general, and the detachment under Captain Hallonquist
, armed only with bowie-knives
and pistols, stood their ground, cutting the enemy to pieces in a fearful manner, until Col. Jackson
's command came up, when the thieves fled from the field in perfect confusion.
compliments Mr. Browne
very highly as a brave and honorable man.
I'm sorry that my acquaintance with Mr. Browne
is so limited as not to be able to say to what State he belongs.
Long may he live to serve his country in the hour of need.