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red the men to fire, then began the fun. The enemy rushed to the roadside and hills, and turned and fired upon our troops. Buckshot and balls flew thick and fast. Wherever the shot fell thickest, there was the major, cheering on his men. Capt. Keiffner, of Company B, Ninth Illinois regiment, led the advance, and truly may he be said to have led, for he was the first to reach the encampment. He was slightly wounded by a pistol-ball, which your correspondent quickly avenged by sending one of Colt's pills through the head of his assailant. Too much cannot be said in praise of Capt. Armstrong and Capt. Robinson, and the officers and men under them. They were mostly raw troops, but behaved like veterans. And I feel proud to belong to the same brigade. Gen. Paine's son accompanied the expedition, and was under fire, cheering the men, and pointing out to our sharpshooters the flying rebels. It is impossible to say how many are killed. I saw six, and heard of more than three times t
e ferry captured. The main body by this time came up, and saw the enemy formed in line of battle on a hill on the south side of the river — a position that commanded all the surrounding country. They were engaged by our sharpshooters, armed with Colt's revolving rifles, and at the same time one of our six-pounders, under Captain Somerby, was brought to bear upon them, sending destruction into their ranks, while Captain Belt, with eighty-five infantry, Lieutenant Crosby, with twenty, supported took five or six prisoners--how many were killed and wounded we did not learn. Col. McHenry lost one man, but drove the enemy off. About the same time, Capt. Neerer, who is stationed with a party of twenty men at Rochester, his men all armed with Colt's revolving rifles, had a skirmish with a largely superior force of the enemy in the vicinity of Rochester, but with what result we have not yet learned. Col. Burbridge, in his attack, had one man wounded, but lost none. We believe these particu
n Horn and Wm. De Wolf. Horses lost--three shot on the field. Horses wounded--two in the legs, several others slightly wounded. Left on the field--two caissons, one baggage wagon, two sets artillery lead harness, one thousand ball cartidges for Colt's revolvers, one hundred rounds of ammunition for six pounder guns, twenty-five double blankets, twenty canteens, five coats, three caps, five Colt's revolvers, five horse blankets, six sabres, five lanterns, three shovels, one overcoat, two curryColt's revolvers, five horse blankets, six sabres, five lanterns, three shovels, one overcoat, two curry-combs and brushes, two fuze gouges, sixty friction primers, two camp kettles, twenty cups, one leg guard, one sponge and rammer, six whips, twenty haversacks, two pickaxes, four felling axes, one trail handspike. captured from the enemy.--Twenty horses, one mule, one six-pounder brass gun, one twelve-pounder brass howitzer and some fragments of artillery harness, and sundry small articles captured by individuals not of any particular value to the service. My force consisted of four six-po
y toward Piketon, the expected field of definite action; but when we had proceeded between two and three miles, and the head of Colonel Marshall's battalion was approaching the upper part of the mountains, the guide and Captains Gault and Reed, being considerably in advance, discovered that the foe, who were a thousand strong, were concealed behind rocks, trees and bushes, reserving their fire for a further advance of the column. Captain Gault, who fortunately was armed with a five-shooter Colt's revolving rifle, opened fire upon them, discharging the contents of his gun, and about the same time both the guide and Mr. Reed discharged their muskets upon the foe, which brought them into a more precipitate action than was laid down in their programme. The horse of Captain Gault was shot from under him, and the guide received two of the enemy's balls, which brought him to the ground. Reed's horse was also killed; and such was their perilous and exposed condition, that both were under
s placed in them--ten rounds of shrapnell, ten of canister — every thing that could be was attended to. Those who had friends, &c., wrote and left letters with their messmates. The first launch and the expedition under Jas. E. Jouett, of Kentucky, assisted by Mr. William Carter, our young and efficient little gunner; second launch, Lieut. John G. Mitchell, and assisted by Mr. Adams, Master's Mate, composed the force engaged. By half-past 11 P. M., each man being armed with a cutlass and a Colt's revolver, they started, all of us bidding them good-by. They went merrily over the side. It was seven miles, through an intricate channel and reef. The crews pulled in for the channel, and after two and a quarter hours hard work, against head sea, wind, and tide, saw the schooner, which they avoided by steering close to the Point Fort. They then steered over to the northward, to avoid Galveston, Pelican Island, and Spit Forts, and the steamer, as they wanted to get ahead and drop down
ovements of the advance force. Not succeeding in drawing the fire of the battery, Commander Smith decided to anchor the fleet, and proceeded with a flag of truce to the shore. Commander Smith, accompanied by Acting-Master Ryder, of the Massachusetts, landed at the wharf, near the light, and were met by two or three men, of whom they requested to see the Mayor of the city. A crowd soon collected, one of whom was armed with a double-barrelled gun, an old cavalry sword, and a silver-mounted Colt's revolver, both of which he persisted in wearing on the same side of his belt, and appeared to be the commander of the battery. While some of the citizens went off in quest of the chief magistrate, some twenty-five or thirty men, armed with shot guns, were seen lurking around the battery and parade-ground in the rear. The sailors entered into conversation with the citizens, some of whom pretended to be loyal, and said they were afraid to express their Union sentiments for fear of being lyn