Affairs on the Peninsula.
A friend, writing from New Kent county, Va.
, on the 16th, gives us an account of the battle of Williamsburg
, which has been published.
The letter, however, contains the following items of interest:
The traitor, L. J. Bowden
, was in his house when we entered the city, but escaped, not taking time even to slip on his trows loons.
It was truly affecting to see the citizens, and particularly the ladies, (God bless their souls,) kindly welcoming the Southern
soldiers, and offering refreshments to their true friends.
The killed on our side were three Virginians
and two Georgians.
For want of transportation, we had to destroy all of the tents, stores, &c., and about one thousand bushels of corn.
The enemy have only been above Williamsburg
but once since the battle, and then but a short distance from their lair.
There is no one suffered to leave Williamsburg
, and the ladies of the county above the city are paroled before they are suffered to leave.
Our forces at this place are all in good health and spirits, and are ready and willing at any time to again engage the enemy.
I will write again soon, and give you any additional news.
A free negro spy, who was arrested by our pickets at The Forge
, was brought to this city yesterday by Mr. O. F. Taylor
The negro states that a force of about 2,000 Federal infantry, with artillery and cavalry, was encamped four miles this side of Williamsburg
Our scouts, on Wednesday, saw two Federal soldiers up as high as Barhamsville
, 18 miles this side of Williamsburg
ran off. Mr. Taylor
, on his way up, saw 14 Virginians
who had escaped from the Eastern Shore.
They describe the Yankee
rule there as very oppressive, though the force there is not very large.
In noticing the battle of Williamsburg
, it should have been stated that the charge made by our troopers on the Yankees
at their last stand was led by Col. Shingler
A lady, who recently passed through the lines from Williamsburg
, says that the Yankees
acknowledge a loss of 200 in killed and wounded at the fight there.