The fight at Southwest mountain further particulars.
Through the courtesy of an officer of the 2d Brigade, Jackson
's Division, who left Gordonsville
at 10 o'clock P. M. Monday, we are placed in possession of further particulars with reference to the desperate fight at Southwest
mountain on Saturday last.
The fight was commenced by the 2d brigade, under the command of Col. Garnett
, of the 48th Virginia regiment, who was wounded in the engagement.
In the course of the fight, which was force and desperate, this brigade was completely overpowered by numbers, and compelled to fall back on its supports, consisting of the Stonewall brigade and Ransom
's North Carolina brigade. --The engagement then received a new impetus, and was continued with renewed vigor, when the division of Gen. A. P. Hill
came up, and the enemy were driven back with immense loss of killed and wounded.
Our forces pursued them to within two miles of Culpeper Court-House, where they remained for the night, Gen. Hill
's division in front.
The artillery firing was kept up till nearly 12 o'clock P. M. Officers who were in the fights below Richmond
regard the engagement of Saturday as much more force and desperate than any that has yet occurred.
Our casualties are very heavy, being estimated from 800 to 1,000 killed and wounded. The heaviest loss sustained is in the 2d brigade.
The 21st Virginia regiment of that brigade, is thought to have suffered more severely than any other regiment.
So great was the loss of field officers in the brigade, that it is now commanded by Captain Leigh
, of the Irish battalion.
Company F, of this city, in the 21st regiment, went into the fight with eighteen men, only six of whom came out uninjured.
We append a list of the casualties as far as they have been received:
Killed--Lt.-Col. Richard H. Cunningham
, of this city, commanding the 21st regiment; Major Lane
, commanding the 42d regiment.
We are indebted to Orderly Sergeant J. Childs
for a telegraphic dispatch giving the casualties in Company F, of Richmond
: Killed--Capt. Wm. H. Morgan
, Corporal R. S. Lindsay
; privates J. G. Powell
and H. V. Anderson
Wounded — Serg't W. G. Pollard
, (since dead,) Corporal J. N. Nunnally
, (since dead;) privates H. H. Watkins
, E. G. Tompkins
. J. Porter Wren
, Clarence E. Taylor
, C. M. Redd
, R. H. Gilliam
In the Purcell Battery, of Richmond
, the casualties are as follows: Killed--Lieut. Mercer Featherston
, Privates George Royall
, and Strother Limerick
Wounded--Commissary Sergeant H. Crocket Eddins
, in arm; Sergeant Skyrin Temple
, slightly in side; William Tyler
, thumb blown off; Stephen C. James
, in foot; William Farrar
, seriously in breast; John E. Jones
, in thigh; J. L. Callahan
, in hip;--Jenkins
, in leg; C. Newcomer
, in leg;--Font.
This company, it will be remembered, suffered severely in the battles before Richmond
In the desperate struggle of the 2d brigade with an overwhelming force of the enemy, Lieutenant Brown
, of company K, 21st regiment, was wounded, and when the brigade fell back left upon the field.
When our forces recovered the position, Lieut. Brown
called to an officer of the Irish battalion and asked for water, which was supplied him. Raising a little, he stated to this officer that he had been beaten ever the head with muskets and bayonetted by the Federal
troops, and if there had been any chance for his recovery from the wound received, they had destroyed it by their atrocious cruelty.--He at first wished to be carried from the field, but when the attempt was made, he was so much exhausted that he told the officer to let him remain where he was, as he had no hope of recovery.
It is supposed that he died soon after.
The following official dispatch from General Jackson
was received at the Adjutant General
's office yesterday:
Headq'rs Valley District, August 11th, 6¼ A. M.
--On the evening of the 9th instant God blessed our arms with another victory.
The battle was near Cedar Run
, about six miles from Culpeper Court-House.
The enemy, according to the statements of prisoners, consisted of Banks
's and Seigel's commands.
We have over four hundred prisoners, including Brigadier-General Prince
Whilst our list of killed is less than that of the enemy, yet we have to mourn the loss of some of our best officers and men. Brig.-General Charles S. Winder
was mortally wounded, whilst ably discharging his duty at the head of his command, which was the advance of the left wing of the army.
We have collected about 1,500 small arms, and other ordnance stores.
We are enabled, through the politeness of another officer who participated in the battle, to lay before our readers some further incidents.
commanded the division which formed the left of our line, of which the 1st and 2d brigades were a part.
On Friday night they encamped the other side of the Rapidan
, taking up the line of march early Saturday morning. They heard the sound of cannon about twelve o'clock, and came up with Gen. Ewell
's division, which constituted the right, about 1 P. M. The engagement had already been opened by Ewell
The 2d brigade commanded by Lieut. Col. Garnett
, was placed on the extreme left, and there held to await further orders.
The cannonade soon became very heavy, and regiments of the 2d, in marching to assume a position nearer the enemy, were compelled frequently to lay down to avoid the shell, which rained heavily among the ranks.
They had scarcely reached their position when the enemy's line of battle advanced from the woods directly in front and about parallel with our line, and poured forth a most destructive infantry fire.
Meanwhile Gen. Winder
had been mortally wounded by a shell, and the command of the division devolved upon Gen. Taliaferro
The enemy, by overpowering numbers, had nearly succeeded in turning our left flank, when, at this critical moment, the supports came up, and they were driven back in confusion.
In the attack upon our centre the enemy met with still less success — they were not only repulsed, but driven back to their original position, which, by the time the musketry ceased, was occupied by our troops.
The infantry firing closed about eight o'clock, but an effective cannonade was kept up until nearly midnight.
Besides the guns and other ordnance captured, our troops took four stand of colors from the Yankees
On Sunday morning our forces were drawn up in line of battle, and as Gen. Jackson
rode past, the cheers of the men were most enthusiastic.
There was some firing early in the morning, but no engagement took place, the enemy declining to reply, although in sight.
, of the 1st brigade, lost an arm on Saturday evening, and Lieut. Alexander
, of the Irish battalion, was wounded.
But few of the casualties in the battle have yet been reported.
Maj. John Seddon
's hat was shot off, and his horse killed under him. Adjutant Mann Page
, of the 21st regiment, was taken prisoner, but his captor was killed while threatening to "blow the d — d rebel's brains out," and the Adjutant
shortly found himself among his friends, who were in pursuit of the retreating enemy.
It is believed that the few Confederates captured by the Yankees
were all retaken by our advancing columns later in the fight.
We have been able to gather but little information in respect to the part borne by Bwell
's division, on the right, save that the action of the troops was marked by conspicuous gallantry.
A train left Gordonsville
yesterday afternoon with 120 prisoners, including two or three commissioned officers.
We have no authentic intelligence of any fighting since Saturday night, though, as usual rumors were abundant yesterday.