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The Williamsburg battle


Our wounded at Williamsburg.

Richmond, May 14, 1862.
To the Editors of the Dispatch.
It is known to perhaps many of your readers that when our army retired from Williamsburg, Dr. Cullen, of Richmond, accompanied by a party of twelve, consisting principally of medical officers, returned under a flag of truce to attend to our wounded, left in and near the town. These officers left Williamsburg on Sunday, and reached this city via Fortress Monroe, yesterday, (Tuesday) Any account, however meagre; of the condition and treatment of the wounded will be interesting to those who have friends among them. The college building and the churches of the place were used as public hospitals, and some of our men were received in private houses. In the new Baptist Church there were nearly one hundred patients, the wounds in most cases being very severe, eight cases having terminated fatally up to Sunday morning. It is probable that most of the remaining cases will recover. The whole number of wounded was under 400.

The Federal officers to a man, and soldiers almost to a man, showed the kindest disposition towards their unfortunate prisoners, moving them with tenderness, and frequently sharing with them the scanty contents of their haversacks. But in consequence of the confusion resulting from the battle and the constant movement of their troops, there was for several days no issue of other commissary or hospital stores, and the Federal soldiers, as well as our own, suffered exceedingly. It is but justice to say, that if any preference was manifested, it was in favor of our men. In spite of this, however, some of our wounded would have well nigh starved had it not been for the noble women of Williamsburg, who scraped the bottoms of their barrels, exhausted by previous charities, and prepared food for the soldiers, ignorant how their own for the coming week was to be obtained. The remark was made to one lady who was thus giving, not out of hor abundance, that it was hoped she would be rewarded both in this world and the next. She replied, ‘"the only reward I want is to see our cause triumph !"’ Well may we ask, ‘"was there ever such a people and ever such a cause as ours ?"’ It is proper to add, that our men were left under the care of volunteer Northern surgeons, some of them men of eminent ability, and that after supplies arrived they lacked nothing in the way of attention or food — their nurses being unwounded Confederate prisoners, detailed for the purpose — and that while their bondage seemed to intensify their love for their cause, it had also the effect of softening the feelings our soldiers towards individual Yankees with whom they were thrown in contact.

W. S., 18th Va., Reg't.

Casualties in the 9th Alabama Reg't

Camp Ninth Alabama Regiment. May 5th, 1862.
To the Editors of the Dispatch:
This regiment was engaged for six hours without cessation in the battle of Williamsburg, driving the enemy before them all the time. Never did men display more cool bravery. The charges were all led by the company officers, and in one splendid charge they captured a battery of nine pieces. The regiment also captured one hundred prisoners.


Nineteenth Virginia regiment.

To the Editors of the Dispatch:
The following is the list of casualties of the 19th Virginia regiment in the engagement near Williamsburg Virginia, on the 5th of May, 1862:

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