More fighting on the Southside — the enemy repulsed — news from Northern Virginia--raid on the Central railroad, &c.
At an early hour Saturday morning highly favorable accounts were received of the previous day's operations on the Southside
.--We present below such facts in regard to the action as have come into our possession, which show that important advantages were goned by the gallant army under General Beauregard
We have some further particulars of the operations on the south side of the river.
On Thursday night some infantry firing, caused by the Confederates
throwing up some breastworks near the Yankee
lines, which the Yankees
Friday morning there was more firing between skirmishers, and about 10 o'clock a charge was made by our forces upon the enemy's breastworks, and the engagement became general along the line.
's and Clingman
's North Carolina
's Virginia brigades participated, and, although subjected to a gulling fire, succeeded in driving the enemy from his breastworks, and taking possession.
We lost heavily.
It could not well have been otherwise as the enemy's works were of the most formidable kind, and our men charged across an open field of some thirteen hundred yards in extent.
The enemy were well posted, and, besides occupying an advantageous position behind their breastworks, had one or more regiments posted in a thicket of pines, which poured a very severe enfilading fire into our charging column.
The charge was highly successful, despite the advantages of the enemy.
Our column was under the immediate command of Gen. D. H. Hill
, but General Beauregard
was on the field, and his presence inspired an enthusiasm which rendered our men irresistible.
The scene of the fighting was about seven miles from Petersburg
, between Port Walthall Junction and Chester
, in the county of Chesterfield
, and some two miles east of the railroad.
At the breastworks the fighting is said to have been furious, our men bayoneting and beating each of the enemy as had the temerity to remain with the batts of their muskets.
An attempt was made to rally the fleeing after we had driven him out, which was successful.
The enemy massed all his forces and made two desperate efforts to retake the works, but were each time most bloodily repulsed, and sent off howling to their next time of entrenchments.
We captured body small arms, and secured three pieces cannon.
We now have the invaders under the lead in a very contracted neck of land, not more than five or six miles either way, and and surely closing on him that we drove him two miles
Our counties are estimated at between hundred, of which number partially one hundred were killed.
Many wounded, but the greater portion are slightly wounded, and Chiefly in the hand.
We report to have that Lieut, Col, John C. of the N. C.
's brigade, are severely wounded.
He received one shot on the right the shoulder and another through the left breast.
Col, John E. Brown
, of the 434 N. C.
, brigade, was slightly wounded.
The following dispatch was received at the War Department, Saturday morning.
All quiet last night.
We remain in possession of the enemy's rifle-pits and the ground gained by yesterday's fight, which was quite severe during part of the day, especially near Ware Bottom Church.
I regret to say that Gen. W. S. Walker
It is feared he fell in the hands of the enemy while gallantly leading his troops into action.
This official confirmation of the reports previously received caused universal rejoicing, and the public mind rested satisfied under the knowledge of the fact that the enemy had received another severe punishment on the south side of the James
Every few of the wounded were brought to this city, most of them having been taken to Petersburg
, which is a more accessible point from the scene of operations.
Among those brought in Saturday evening was Capt Blake
more, of General Bushrod Johnston
's Stall, whose leg had been amputated about six inches below the knee joint.
, of the 50th North Carolina regiment, was also wounded.
Shortly after midnight on Saturday night the Yankees
, not satisfied with the drubbing they had repeatedly received, made an attempt to regain possession of the works taken from them on Friday, and to that end made an advance upon our lines.
The report is that our troops reserved their fire until the enemy were within a short distance of the works, when they opened a murderous volley of grape and musketry, literally mowing down the columns of the foe, who retreated in haste and confusion.
Our casualties are represented as having been very small — only some seventeen wounded and none killed.
We learned at the War office last night that a dispatch had been received from Gen. Beauregard
giving an account of the fate of Gen. Walker
, reported missing in the first dispatch.
It appears that he rode into the enemy's lines by mistake, and found himself surrounded.
Refusing to comply with a demand to surrender, he was fired upon, his horse killed, and himself wounded in the fact, which has since been amputated.
He is now in the hands of the enemy.
These facts were learned through flag of truce.--Gen. Walker
is a native of Florida
Many reports were in circulation yesterday in regard to the situation of affairs in Northern Virginia
, but the only reliable information from that quarter is given in the letters of our army correspondents and the telegraphic dispatches which we publish this morning.
It is believed that Grant
, having thrown away 50,000 men in front of Gen. Lee
without accomplishing anything, is now endeavoring by a strategic movement to reach the Peninsula
, with a view of advancing on Richmond
from that route, taking for his base West Point
, which he might have occupied at the commencement of the campaign without the loss of a man. Be this as it may, we have a General in command whose eye is constantly watching the movements of the invader, and who will not fail to take advantage of every opportunity to meet and circumvent them.
Heavy firing was heard yesterday in the direction of Spotsylvania Court House.
A report was in circulation yesterday that the Yankees
had burnt the railroad buildings at Milford
, about forty miles from Richmond
Parties who left the immediate neighbor of that point yesterday morning report that the enemy had occupied the place, but state that no buildings were destroyed.
Accompanying this is another report that three companies attached to one of our infantry
brigades, were captured by the enemy while engaged in a skirmish near Milford
The raid on the Central railroad.
The raiding party who reached the Central Railroad last Friday night did but little damage to the road.
Two small trestle bridges were burned in the vicinity of Hanover Court-House; the track was torn up for a distance of about three hundred yards, and the telegraph wire cut. On Saturday they were met near Hanover Court-House by the Maryland
Line, who fired some thirty or forty rounds at them, when they retired in the direction of Cold Harbor.
The raiding party numbered only about two thousand.
The latest information of their movements is brought by a courier who arrived last night.
He reports them on their way to rejoin the main body under Sheridan
, at the White House
The following is a partial list of the casualties on the Southside
Light Artillery, Capt C. W. Slaton
--Wounded: Capt C. W. Slaton
, slightly in hand; privates J. Bacon
, slightly in thigh; W. Aldrich
, mortally in side; J. Dixon
, severely in hand; J. Y. Sulton
, slightly in body.
Richmond Fayette Artillery, Lt. Clopton
com'g.--Wounded: Privates Geo P. Vaden
, severely in arm; W. L. Morris
, severely in face; Wm Clements
, severely in thigh.
's Battery — Killed: Sergt Jullen C. Ruffin
Forty Sixth Va. Regiment.
--Casualties in the 46th Va. infantry, Wise
's brigade, in the battles near Petersburg
, on the 16th and 18th May:
Twenty sixth Virginia Regiment
- Co. A--Killed: A. C. Dabney.
Wounded: Wm M. Wise, foot amputated, John Robinson, slightly in foot; A Isaacs, severely in face; Sergt Jas Williams, slightly in side; A Wilson, in head.
- Co B — Samuel Webb, wounded slight in knee,
- Co C — Wounded: Lieut Jas. D. Davis, severe in thigh; Corpl W. P. Jefferson, severe in side.
- Co D — Killed: Geo. Bruce.
Wounded: E. F. Shiflett, slight in face.
- Co F — Killed: S. D. Parker.
Wounded: Sergt S. S. Bird, slight in ankle; P. O. Twyfort, slight in foot.
- Co K — Wounded: E. M. Ferrill, slight in knee.
--The following is a correct list of casualties in the 26th Virginia regiment, Gen. Wise
's brigade, in the fights of the 8th, (at Nottoway Bridge,) 16th, and 18th May:
On the 8th--Company C, Captain N. B. Street
--Killed: Private Ben Boughton
Wounded: Private W. Smither
, slightly in shoulder.
Company D, Captain James T. Owens
.--Wounded: Serg't Coles Hudgins
; privates Hugh Hudgins
, Elkanah Biggs
, all slightly.
Captured: A. Sadler
, Aug. Pratt
, H. Callis
, Wm Hudgins
, and Thos White
On the 16th, near Petersburg
--Company F, Capt Wm K. Perrin
Wounded: Privates Thos Mason
, severely in thigh; J. Jenkins
, slightly in arm.
Company G., Captain Spencer
.--Wounded: Privates Adolphus Gibson
, severely in face; Jos Colly
, bruised in side.
On the 18th, near Petersburg
Company H., Capt Sutton
--Killed: Serg't T. A. Bowden
Wounded: Orderly sergeant A. Morris
, wrist and hand; Corporal T. P. Fary
, ankle; Lieut Wm C. Gayle
, slightly in thigh: privates W. W. Mason
, severely through the Jas. A. Gaines
, severely in arm and sides Wm. J. Lieut
, bruised on shoulder L. T. Wood
Company K. Captain A. W. Poindexter
--Killed: Private J. W. Terrell
Wounded Lieut T. S. Miller
right arm amputated, Sergeant John Crews
, bruised in side, slightly Corporals G. T. Hudges
, hand H. Pondewell
, thigh C. M. finger privates R. W. Anderson
; arm and thigh, slightly H. C. Chiner
, arm G. C. Hudson
, severely in knee; M Taylor
Thirty forth Virginia Regiment.
--Skirmish near Part May 16th, 1861.
Co Killed: Private
A Wounded: Privates
P. A. to A shoulder M. George John
Co E. Wounded: Private W. Hunton
, in shoulder.
Co --Killed Private
C. C. Wounded Chap't Key, in shoulder, Myster, ankle; privates A. W. side; W. D. His hand; Lieut E. M. Bell
, shoulder, slight.
Co I — Wounded; Privates J. A. Taylor
, arm, S. P. Johnson
, and hand, W. Davis
, hand, C. W. Adkinson
Co K — Wounded: Privates T. Baghy
, Jaw; N. Berkeley
, head; B. Cannon
, right arm; J. A. Crossfield
, side, serious; H. C. Pendleton
, arm; W. M. Pynes
, foot; H. S. Scott
, leg; H. G. Segar
, head; H. G. Hiweat
, hand; Z. G. Walton
, side, severe.
Casualties in corps of Cadets in recent battles.
Major General Smith
Killed: Cadets W. H. Cabell
, C. Crockett
, J. Jones
; Cadet Jefferson
, mortally wounded, since dead.
Wounded: Lt. Col Ship
, com'g Cadets, slightly, on duty; Lt. A. Govan Hill
, Ass't Prof, com'g a company; Cadets White F. Dillard
, of Amherst
; Ginson F. Randolph
, severely; Macon
, Woodlit, Pierce
, slightly, Jefferson
, S. Garrow
, C. W. Reid
, R Pendleton
, J. Wise Triplett
, L. Wise
, J. A. Stuart
, G. Spiler
, P. Johnson
, F. Smith
, E. Smith
, Havnes, Garnett
, and Goodwin
and all the wounded Cadets are doing well.
reported to Gen Smith
that the corps of Cadets acted with conspicuous gallantry.
Wm H. Richardson
, A. G.
The following intelligence of Gen. Johnston
's movements is from our latest Southern exchanges.
A dispatch from Calhoun, Ga.
, dated the 13th, says:
was evacuated last night by our forces, and occupied this morning about ten o'clock by the enemy.
Our forces fell back to Resaca
, where the enemy attacked them this evening.
Considerable artillery and musketry firing was going on when the train left this evening at five o'clock.
From the Atlanta Confederacy;
of Sunday morning, we get the following interesting details of the above intelligence:
About 10 o'clock yesterday morning Hooker
's corps, backed by the whole Federal army, attacked three divisions of our army a little to the west of Resaca
's corps had been in this vicinity for some time, and on Thursday night the whole of Sherman
's army shifted down Sugar Valley
Before abandoning their position in front of Rocky Face Ridge
, the enemy on Thursday night seemed to create the impression that they were receiving reinforcements for a bold assault next morning.
Large fires could be seen along their lines, and the Federal
troops were cheering and shouting at intervals.--Before midnight the whole force had disappeared, and the next morning found them massed near Resaca
In this they were anticipated by the sagacious Johnston
, who also silently moved the greater portion of his army, massing in front of them at Resaca
The enemy evidently expected a small force at this point, and doubtless hoped to reach Johnston
's rear unawares and cut him off.
's corps opened the attack on three divisions of our army at 10 A. M. For three hours the roar of artillery and the rattle or musketry, as we are informed by an eye witness to the exciting duel, was terrific.
The cannons pealed their dread salvos at the rate of sixty shots per minute.
Shot and shell fell in showers around Resaca
, and the few citizens who were there changed their base for safety.
One shell went through the telegraph office and scattered the occupants, but they were all at their posts again last evening.
The enemy never gained an inch, but were repulsed at every point.
The following letter from Dalton
, May 10th, gives an interesting description of the character of the fighting before Gen Johnston
's last movement:
The investment of the gaps still goes on. There has scarcely been a minute of daylight for three days in which the ring of the musket or the roar of the cannon has not proclaimed the steady progress of a slow but no less fatal conflict.
This incessant duel of artillery and sharpshooting exhibits the most cruel phase of war. It is a deliberate search for individual life, and hants its victims separately from bush to bush, from rock to rock, from hill to hill.
Every afternoon it is varied by a charge upon one or more of our positions, and a bloody repulse.
Sunday was signalled by the assaults upon Dug and Mill Creek Gaps, Monday by the dash upon Clayton
's brigade, and this (Thursday) morning I have just returned from a sharp fight on our left centre, after having witnessed many a blue bird flutter in the dust.
The scream of shells and screech of minnie balls afford one the not very pleasing discrimination between the two modes of coming by his death.
I prefer the "half shell" in a restaurant myself, and for your minutes, the only one I ever did fancy was a little woman by that name, who dwells where the "blue grass" grows, and the rich fields of Lexington
sweep outward to the Ohio
The demonstrations of the enemy upon our flank and rear are as yet undeveloped.
seem to be the presiding spirits over these efforts to drive us from our great network of natural fortification.
They are energetic and daring, but Geo Johnston
, besides having a long head, has a wondrously confident and reliable army.
At this moment I could not tell you precisely the status of the rear, for I am in from a different latitude, where no thought is taken of anything but the enemy in front; but feel certain that General Johnston
is advised of all that transpires, and that he is moving his men over the chess beard with cool skill.
I sit here on a little hillside and nose
down these lines, with the noise of a siege going on, as indifferently, because as securely, as though I were in my own room.
Such is the universal, child like reliance upon the wisdom of the commanding chief
I sent you a telegram yesterday afternoon of the capture of Col LaGrange
and his command.
I had a long talk with the Colonel
He is a handsome young fellow, six or eight and twenty years of age, with curly head and light moustache.
He is courteous and self-possessed, and conversational, though not communicative.
He made a gallant defence before he was taken and had two horses killed under him. He admits all the recent Federal reverses, and says they are obliged to win a battle or quit.
He expresses the opinion that Sherman
is an able officer, and that he will possess Dalton
is from Wisconsin
, and is in politics, I suppose, an Abolitionist, though he retains a prudent silence upon matters of the kind.
He commands a brigade of cavalry.
In reply to a query as to his opinion of our strength, he said he thought we numbered fifty thousand.
He is at present confined in the guard house, but will be sent to the rear to-morrow.