The loud and heavy reports of ordnance, heard at dusk on Saturday evening, gave rise to divers reports of amusing and preposterous dimensions, yet, as usual, not one of the marvellous stories had any, or the slightest warranty in fact, since the cannonading simply arose from artillerists discharging their "wet loads" in some one of the batteries on or near the Mechanicville Turnpike
, and nothing more.
In fact, the state of the Lines
on Saturday was more than usually quiet and monotonous — brigade commanders were particularly zealous in sending gentle for the arrest of stragglers, decoyed and delayed in town by metropolitan pleasures — and we were particularly pleased that our streets were relieved of scores of military men, whose presence was, or might be, required at the front.
In addition to these facts we remarked, that our suggestions regarding the roads had met with practical approval from heads of departments, and that heavy details were fast improving their condition; so much so indeed, that in many places they are now passable and practicable for all purposes.
On Sunday the discharge of artillery at various points, front, led many to believe that serious operations were then progressing; but proceeding to the line of fire on the left, we found that nothing serious had transpired, and that the salves were from artillerists discharging wet loads, as on Saturday evening. It is true there was some musketry fire but this took place from double cause.
Immediately to our front, on Garnett
's farm, there is a patch of woods which the pickets have vacated for several days, and the Federals
, not knowing the fact, were determined to find out our true position.
Accordingly, in a very Quixotic mood, they appeared in force, and valiantly charged the vacant woods.
Our artillery coming up and opening opportunity, quickly dispersed them again, killing and wounding several.
Since the artillery duello at this point, the enemy have shown much prudence and discretion, not trusting them.
selves beyond their earthworks, as before.
On the right of our line, also, artillery firing occurred yesterday morning, but from what actual cause, or with what result, we have been unable to ascertain, and have not, as yet, been advised.
The only fight that really occurred yesterday took place between the sixth and seventh mile posts of the York River R. R., and advocate to the track, between the enemy and some of Hood
's Texan brigade.
It appears that details were made from the 1st, 4th and 5th Texan regiments, to proceed to the front for the purpose of digging rifle pits, and having stacked arms in the wood, were peacefully working with spades, when the enemy, discovering and disliking such excavations, made demonstrations of a warlike nature, and endeavored to drive the Texans
away — Not able to effect their object, reinforcements were sent to assist them, when the Texans
seized their trusty rifles, and delivered such murderous volleys that five regiments of the enemy did not suffice to contend against them.
The firing was rapid and constant for more than an hour, but the enemy appearing an masse,
were unerring in aim, and each brought down his man at every fire.
After some eighty minutes skirmishing, the enemy left the field, deserting their killed and wounded, to the number of forty or fifty. Two wounded Federalists were brought to town, who verify our report, adding that the firing of the Texans
was so accurate, and their movements to the woods so cunning and Indian-like, that they never wish to make their acquaintance again.
had the same report to make of Hood
's brigade at West Point
, where these same brave boys drove them, ignominiously, to their gunboats.
We learn that among the men of the brigade detail, (some 40), perhaps, in number not more than five or six were hit--one of the 4th and 5th being wounded, and one of the 1st regiment (D. D. Davis
This gentleman, who untimely fell in the gallant skirmish of yesterday, was editor and proprietor of the Parts (Lamar
, co. Tense.) Press,
and was of brilliant parts, a good soldier, and had rendered our common cause much good as a soldier and scribe.
He was not detailed to go with the working party yesterday, but being of an adventurous turn of mind, volunteered, as he had frequently done on previous occasions.