, August 25
.--Captain Ned Gillinglingham
, of company B, Thirteenth New-York cavalry, with an escort of eight sergeants, whilst going from camp near Centreville
as bearer of despatches to Washington
, on the twenty-third instant, was met on the road near Allandale, about two o'clock P. M., by a detachment of the Second Massachusetts cavalry, the Sergeant
of the latter asking Captain Gillingham
if they need apprehend any danger, to which Captain Gillingham
replied: “So far, we have not met with any obstruction.”
had scarcely gone over four hundred yards, when he was met by a party of Mosby
's cavalry, consisting of about one hundred men, by whom he was ordered, under fire, to “halt.”
, taking them for our own troops, (as they were dressed similar to his own men,) replied, “Hold up firing — you are fools — you are firing on Government troops,” to which the captain of said troops replied: “Surrender there, you Yankee
replied he could not see the joke.
Then, turning to Sergeant Long
of company B, and to Sergeant Burnham
, ordered them to draw their sabres and follow him. A general conflict ensued, in which sabres and pistols were freely used, resulting in the wounding of Orderly Sergeant Long
and Sergeant Zeagle
, both of company B, who, with four other sergeants, were all taken prisoners.
Captain Ned Gillingham
and Sergeant Burnham
effected their escape, the former having been wounded in the arm, and the latter in the hip, as well as having their horses shot.
Obtaining horses on the road, they reached Washington
about six o'clock P. M.
is a man highly esteemed by both his officers and men, and was warmly welcomed back to camp, to which he returned the following day.