Captain Db Kay
's Exploit.--One of the neatest exploits of the Norfolk
campaign was performed by Capt. Drake De Kay
, of Gen. Mansfield
's staff, while awaiting the General
's arrival at a house called Moore's Ranch
, a kind of summer hotel kept by a man named Moore
, at Ocean View, the place of debarkation.
All the white men and most of the women of this vicinity had fled — it was said by those they had left behind, to the woods, to prevent being forced into the rebel service.
Captain De Kay
, while supper was being prepared, mounted his horse and determined to explore the country, followed only by his negro servant.
As he was passing a swamp toward evening, he came suddenly upon seven of the secession troops, who were lurking by the roadside, and were armed with double-barrelled guns.
turned and shouted to his (imaginary) company to prepare to charge, and then riding forward rapidly, revolver in hand, told the men they were his prisoners, as his cavalry would soon be upon them, ordered them to discharge their pieces and deliver them to him, which they did without delay.
He then informed them that his only “company” was his negro servant, and directed them to follow him into camp.
An hour later, just after Gen. Wool
had returned from Norfolk
, the Captain
rode to the beach and informed Col. Cram
, as chief of the General's staff
, that the seven prisoners, whom he had marched to the beach, were at his disposal.--New-York Times, May 13