[Correspondence of the Richmond Dispatch.]
Guinea's Depot, May 7, 1862.
Since our evacuation of Fredericksburg
, the troops composing the advance brigade, under Gen. C. W. Field
, have had much to do in the way of marching, picketing, &c; yet all are in-good spirits, and are anxious to meet the invader.
need not fear any danger from this direction, as the forces hereabouts are determined, tried and numerous enough to give the Yankees
a bloody and terrible fate, if any farther advance is made.
It was with profound regret that the necessity came for leaving the Rappahannock
, but now it is seen that it will probably turn out for the best.
The almost confidence is placed in Gen. Field
, as well as in all our Generals
, and it is felt that they know what is best.
Every day we hear from Fredericksburg
, and are glad to any that the citizens left there are true and unyielding.
Some of the boys went down several times to the river bank, and sung--
"The despot's heel is on my shore,
; me Fredericksburg
And on one occasion the brave(7) invaders fired a volley at them, but without damage.
The enemy come over in small squads and prowl about town, talking to the negroes, and visiting kitchens and free negro shanties.
No one speaks to them who thinks anything of himself, nor are they noticed in any way unless they force themselves into being noticed, and then they are looked upon as an honest man regards a miserable convict.
They skulk about and look ashamed of themselves, seeming to feel no triumph or joy. On the morning the town was evacuated, the people were somewhat alarmed, as the move was so sudden; but they have proved themselves worthy of their allegiance.
Bye the bye, to give honor to whom honor is due, the last foot company to leave was the heavy artillery corps under Capt. J. F. Alexander
and Lieut. C. T. Goolrick
, they having volunteered to remove some spare a in danger of being taken by the enemy.
By the time they commenced marching, the Stafford hills
were bristling with Yankee bayonets, and cannon within a mile were polluting into the streets of the town.
All the troops acted nobly, four companies of the 40th Virginia regiment having, the night previous, mat and repulsed the enemy three times, and when the order came to fall back it was done, though done with many a regret.
Our pickets shoot some of the enemy every day. Fourteen were killed by one company of the 40th two days since, and yesterday six more were killed while hauling a seine on the river.
A sad accident occurred on the last occasion, in the shooting of Edmond Taylor
, of Caroline, by one of the companies while out on picket.
He had acted as guide to our pickets, was highly thought of, and was of the most influential parentage and connexion.
We can often see the enemy's camp.
They have small india rubber, black, piratical looking tents, and a sight of a few rebels generally puts them in great commotion.
Mor anon. W. L.,