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From the Peninsula.

quiet times and comfortable quarters — particulars of the late skirmish- Popularity of Gen. McGruder.

[Correspondence of the Richmond Dispatch.]
Camp near Yorktown, Dec. 4th, 1861.
Thinking you might wish to hear how we are getting along on the Peninsula, I have concluded to write you a few desultory thoughts, hoping they may prove of some interest to your numerous readers. We are all very quiet and enjoying hugely the last grand order granting furloughs. Every man is hoping that his time will be next.

We can never tell the designs of our much beloved command, who is deservedly so very popular with all his men, but be assured that wherever he may lead, with joy and gladness will the enthusiastic army on the Peninsula follow. We are all as comfortable as possible under the circumstances, having generally finished our winter quarters; and no person not having enjoyed the luxury of a log hut with its large, genial fire-place, of a cold December night, can form any idea of the extreme comfort we are blessed with.--And our friends may rest assured we will not suffer, let the North winds blow as they may.

Nothing of interest has happened since our last skirmish, (some weeks since) with the cowardly foe, a brief account of which I saw in your very valuable paper, which let me say is eagerly perused by all, and always hailed as a welcome visitor. But as it may prove interesting to at least some of your residers I will send you the particulars of the affair. A small party of our men in command of apt. Adams, of the Dinwiddie Cavalry, were sent down for a special purpose to N. W Market Bridge. Having advanced within a short distance of the place they were fired upon by a regiment of the Yankee rascals who were concealed in ambush; but Capt Adams who is admired by all who know him as a cool, daring, and courageous officer, immediately arranged his men in the most advantageous manner possible, and in a few minutes a few well directed shots from one piece of the Henrico Artillery, Lieut. Walter H. Robertson commanding, put the dastardly village to flight. Lt Robertson won the admiration of all by his cool and courageous conduct; and what is better still, some citizens in the vicinity report that quite a number of the rascals were killed. We are certain they sustained considerable injury as they admitted a loss of four. The Henrico Artillery is from Richmond, and we hope Lt. Robertson who is a gallant and deserving young officer, and the brave men with him on that occasion, and who proved themselves worthy the independence for which we are all struggling, may soon have a more extensive field in which to win new laurels. Only one of our brave boys were injured--private Blanton, of the Cumberland Troop — who received the earnest sympathy of all the party.

With Gen. Magruder for our leader, the Army of the Peninsula will give a good account of itself — of that all may rest assured. Should this scrawl find a place in your most interesting paper you may again hear from me. Peninsula.

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