In the distribution of subscriptions for the benefit of the Alexandria
soldiers, it should not be forgotten that there is a company from that city not attached to the 17th regiment, yet equally deserving.
It is a cavalry company, usually called ‘"Powell
's Roughs,"’ commanded by that brave and gallant man, Capt. E. B. Powell
, of Alexandria
This company has done good service since its organization, first as picket guard at the Long Bridge
, and giving notice of the approach of the Federals
on the 24th of May last; and, in that retreat, burning the bridges in the rear.
Then, in the great battle of Manassas
, the men displayed such bravery as to attract the especial attention of General Johnston
, who has since taken them for his body guard.
This heroic band of refugees should not be excluded from the benefits which the kind-hearted people of the South
are bestowing on others.