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Report of Capt. Welby Carter's Company.
[correspondence of the Richmond Dispatch.]

Fauquier County, August 1st.
I have seen several requests in your paper to Captains of companies to send the lists of the killed and wounded in the Manassas battle, which requests would have been complied with, but Cavalry companies are kept on the outposts, on the alert, scouting, and have little leisure for wielding the pen, where their duty is to the sword. I hope, therefore, it will not be considered out of place for the weaker sex to discharge that duty. I will endeavor to make my report as succinct as possible, as the fault with ladies is they are too prolix. It is with no desire to puff the company that I write, as I have no relatives in it, and I am not a resident of the State.

Col. J. E. B. Stuart arranged the companies so that the first organized were in advance; the oldest being Capt Carter's, as it was a company prior to John Brown's invasion. At the time when the New York Zouaves were attempting to outflank Capt. Imboden's battery, (which had done such able service,) Col Stuart gave the order to charge to the Cavalry, which was gallantly and daringly obeyed by the Loudoun Cavalry Leaping a fence, and through balls thick enough to blind them, they succeeded in breaking the lines of the Zouaves, who were around Sherman's battery, which rendered that an easy conquest afterwards.

This was the only company who charged at that time, owing, it is thought, to the fact that the Clark Cavalry did not understand the command; hence the dreadful havoc in Captain Carter's ranks, who charged forward with only thirty-three men. (Messrs. J. T. Carter, Gus Carter, T. Leath, C. Shamlin, Plaster, and F. Carter having been detailed on other duty, were absent) Of the first four in front, (Sergeants and Corporals, Enoch McCarthy, James Francis, John DeButts and Robert Fletcher,) the two first were killed instantly, riddled with balls. Fletcher and DeButts each received two balls in their right arms; badly wounded. Captain Carter lead them until his horse was shot and his clothes torn in shreds from their balls. He remounted in a few moments. The others killed were Stephen Cornell, (leaves a wife [poor] and ten children,) J. H. Plaster, C. F. Dowell. Lang, and John Hicks, of Maryland. The others wounded were James Baker, of Middleburg, dangerously; L. P. Wilson, wounded, (taken prisoner and regained by the taking of fifteen Federal prisoners;) Grubb, Thos. Shamlin, Mr. Moore of Leesburg, Jos. Thomas, (not dangerously wounded,) Bird Carter. Missing — Willie Wilson, of Martins burg, horse killed, and supposed to be taken prisoner.

The remnant of this brave little band are doing the duty equal to a whole company, within a few miles of the enemy below Fairfax. They had to be reinforced in horses, as six, besides those mentioned, were killed. I must close, though the bravery of all the Southern soldiers is a fitting theme for the troubadours of old to chant.

A Southern Lady.

Eighth Virginia Regiment.

This regiment (Col. Hunton) behaved gallantly in the great battle, and received the highest encomiums of the commanding General. The following list of killed and wounded we copy from the London Mirror.

Border Guard--Townsend Hope, shot through the stomach; died twelve o'clock at night, buried at six in the evening.

Lieut John R. White, confusion of the hip; Charles W. Brown, of Waterford, shot in the right thigh; Harrison Browner, shot through the shoulder-blades severely; James Alder two wounds, one through the shoulder and the other in the thigh; Enoch Cantwell, shot through the shoulder, badly; James W. Russell, slight fresh wound; R. Graham, shot through the right arm; Thos. Leman, shot through the shoulder, badly; Tazewell McAtee, shot through the elbow, shattered; James McDaniel, shot through cheek bone; Wm. Galloway, through the thigh, flesh wound; Wm. Mull, shot through the head, mortally; G. W. Griffin, of Maryland, shot in the arm; Jarred Atwell, very slightly on the lip; Thos. Leslie, slight contusion of the thigh; John Bowlin, slightly on the lip; Joseph Janney left thigh amputated; Robert White, knocked down by grape shot striking cartridge box, and stunned by ball through the hat; Albert Heaton, Minnie ball in the thigh, seriously; Richard Grubb, three balls in hat; and several others with musket balls through their clothes.

Evergreen Guards, Captain E. Berkeley's Company.--Killed-- Jas. A. Kinney, Joseph B. Luntsford, Wm. E. Ball, Wm. Hewett.--Wounded seriously--Corporal Benj. Hurst and private Bernard King; slightly, John Shanny and Capt. Bazell, of Md.

Camp Rifles, Capt. Wm. Berkeley.--Only one wounded, private Baker, of Middleburg, dangerous.

Capt. W. Carter's Cavalry--Killed — Frank Dowell, Enoch McCarty, G. Francis, John Plaster, Stephen Cornell, Peyton Wilson, and a Mr. Hicks, of Md.

Capt. Rogers' Artillery.--Wounded — John Howser, Since dead.

Wampler's Company.--Killed — None.--Wounded — T. Myers, J. W. Nichols, G. T. Loveless.

Caroline county, Virginia.

Says the Fredericksburg Recorder:

‘ The county of Caroline will not have to bring her militia into the field, her quotes of volunteers being much larger than the requisition of the Governor called for in his proclamation of the 20th. This is a noble county — practising exactly what it preaches. It voted for separation, and now it shows a thorough willingness to back its voting by any amount of fighting that may be necessary.

Those handcuffs.

The Fredericksburg Recorder has received the following. It is dated "State of Maine, Headquarters Adj't General's Office, June 20, 1861:

Col. Duffell
My Dear Sir:
Herewith you

have an announcement to Brady, that he will not be commissioned. My course would be to take measures to have his full company present, paraded, without arms, and have the letter read to him and the company by the Adjutant. Have previously, sufficient and reliable guard, with loaded muskets, and if any demonstrations of desertion are made, shoot them as you would pigeons. Don't wink at any escapes of objectionable men — they must be got rid of in a different manner.

Inasmuch as you will not receive your ball cartridges until to-morrow, perhaps you had better not acquaint any one with this result respecting Brady, until Saturday, and then it is not to be dons in a corner. Don't adopt any course that implies fear or requires temporizing. A portion of Brady's company had better be put into other companies, and the balance, with Atwood's contingent and other requisite acquisitions, will make a good company.

You will require several dozen handcuffs, for prisoners taken in battle, if not your own folks, and you had better procure them now.

Yours, in haste,
John L. Hodsden.
Adjutant General.

The reported victory in Missouri.

The Memphis Appeal of the 31st ult., says:

‘ We have received a letter from a special correspondent, dated the afternoon of the 29th inst., from a point up the river, which we do not deem it either prudent or necessary to mention; stating that General Pillow had just received an express from Gen. Jeff. Thompson, of Missouri, announcing that General Ben. McCulloch had on Wednesday last made an attack on Springfield, and achieved a brilliant victory over the Federal forces, who were strongly fortified at that place under Gen. Lyon. It was represented as a hard fight, and the loss reported at 600 from McCulloch's command, against 900 of the enemy, with many Federal prisoners taken. The further statement is made, that after their rout the enemy was pursued, with what success we are unable to learn.

Though usually discrediting the thousands of unreliable rumors that are daily flying through the country as the natural concomitants of revolution, we are disposed to believe the report of this victory, leaving ample room, of course, for all exaggerations. One reason for doing so, is simply based upon the almost hourly expectation we have entertained of a forward movement by our forces upon Springfield. Governor Jackson, in his late speech in this city, stated that such a move was contemplated, and was no doubt consummated at the time he was speaking.

Though no mention is made in relation to the number of forces engaged on either side, we have other means of ascertaining. The command of Lyon and Siegel, (the latter of whom has recently gone to Jefferson City,) according to the estimate of the St. Louis papers, did not exceed 12,000 men, nearly all of whom were Germans. Gen. McCulloch, as we learn from a gentleman who arrived from his camp a few days since, had 8,000 men under him, encamped in Northwestern Arkansas, at Bentonville, which is only a few miles from the Missouri State line. Gen. Pearce was encamped only a few miles west of him with a force of 10,000, which may have joined McCulloch's column, and participated in the attack.

We shall await further intelligence regarding this rumor with great interest.


A correspondent of a Yankee paper, writing home from the defeat of Manassas, had actually spirit enough left to indulge in a grim and dismal joke at the expense of William Howard Russell, L. L. D., whom he saw scampering from the battle field as fast as his horse would carry him. He said he could account for the name of the place--‘"'Bull's Run, ' John Bull's! Russell showed good horsemanship."’

Captain Doubleday was, it seems, in charge of General Scott's favorite pocket pistol, his famous Parrot gun. The gun is taken!--Where (asks the Wilmington Journal) is the invincible Doubleday? Won't he write some more braggadocio letters to his Yankee friends?

‘ Ye glorious Capita-ing Doubuelday,
Who writes all night and fights all day.

’ In one of the Massachusetts regiments there are or were 336 shoemakers, of whom 87 belonged to one company. This company at the Manassas fight was awfully troubled in its soles, and waxed too feeble towards the end to bristle up when the masked batteries balled it off.

The officers of Lincoln's army deny the ‘"soft impeachment"’ of panic. They say they did not yield to panic, but to the ‘"irrepressible conflict"’ waged upon them by the Southern regiments. They weren't scared, they were thrashed.

‘"Masked batteries,"’ like the cry of ‘"Bluebeard,"’ to bad children, are the terror of the Northern people. The term is used so often in their fanciful stories of pretended victories, that it has become ridiculous. They should call a pocket revolver a masked battery.

The Suffolk (Va.) Continentals and Marion Rangers whose term of enlistment expired on Saturday last, have re-inlisted for nine months more.

The following is from the Bull Run correspondent of the Mississippian: While Joe, a servant of Erskine Watkins, was cooking a chicken in a kitchen near the hospital, a ball passed near him and struck his skillet. In his report he said, ‘"Bless God! Massa, I never saw de chicken after dat."’

James Camp Turner, of Huntsville, Ala.' (son of Capt. Daniel B. Turner and grandson of Major Robert Searcy, deceased, one of Gen. Jackson's Aids in the Creek war,) was shot through the heart at Manassas on the 21st ult.

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