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mportance was made. A detachment of 200 infantry, and a howitzer gun, under Major Randolph, and a party of 70 men and another howitzer, under Major Land, of the North Carolina Regiment, started different routes to cut off a party which had left Hampton." The latter part of the sentence above quoted is correct; but the former is not consonant with the facts of the case. When information was received at camp that a marauding party of the enemy were pillaging the house of Mr. Whiting, three and a half miles from Hampton, Col. D. H. Hill, of the North Carolina Regiment, asked for a detachment of 30 infantry to volunteer their services as a support for our howitzer under Major Randolph, and immediately 34 men of Company F, of the North Carolina Regiment, stepped forward, and reported themselves ready for the duty. The Howitzer was under the direction of Major Randolph, the infantry of Lieut. F. N. Roberts, of Company F, and the whole force was commanded by Lieut Col. C. C. Lee, of the
three companies referred to above, to follow next morning. Early on Thursday, the order to Williamsburg was countermanded and the four companies under command of Lieut. Col. Stewart, in company with the Howitzers and North Carolina Regiment, took up the line of march to Bethel Church. About three miles above that place, Col. Stewart's command was detached from the main body and marched to the head of Black river for the purpose of defending the mass, the road to that place leading to both Hampton and Newport News, and defined a very important position. The Life Guard, Young Guard and Southern Guard, were subsequently taken to Bethel Church, and Company A, was left to protect the bridge. On the morning of the battle our company was placed in a proper position to resist an attack, and would have been able to have held it against a greatly superior force We were not called upon, however, to test our mettle at this place. At ten minutes past ten o'clock a vidette advanced at a ra
From Norfolk. [special correspondence of the Dispatch.] Norfolk, Va., June 16, 1861. A gentleman from Pig Point yesterday told a gentleman of our city, that firing was recommenced in the direction of Hampton. He distinctly heard the discharge of guns from about sunrise until 10 o'clock, when it ceased. This leads me to inter that the Federal troops are being driven farther into Hampton; and you may not be surprised to hear, in a day or two, of another engagement. In regard to the action at Bethel Church, a dispatch was received here yesterday, stating that over five hundred of the Federal troops were killed. I think some truth may be placed in it. The bravery of young Wyatt, who was shot on the Confederate side, while about to perform a noble duty, is highly commended here. His part in the action certainly justifies the sympathies of us all. I regret to learn that an interesting little son of Mr. Nottingham, of our city, was drowned on Thursday while bathi
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still bringing in the killed and wounded by boats and other conveyances, as I close this letter. Associated Press account. The following account of the repulse was revised and corrected by Major General Butler for the Associated Press: Fortress Monroe, June 10. --This has been an exciting and sorrowful day at Old Point Comfort. General Butler having learned that the Confederates were forming an entrenched camp, with strong batteries, at Great Bethel, nine miles from Hampton, on the Yorktown road, he deemed it necessary to dislodge them. Accordingly movements were made last night from Fortress Monroe and Newport News.--About midnight Col. Duryea's Zouaves and Col. Townsend's Albany regiment crossed the river at Hampton by means of six large batteaux, manned by the Naval Brigade, and took up the line of march, the former some two miles in advance of the latter. At the same time Col. Bendix's Regiment, and detachments of the Vermont and Massachusetts regime
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utler on Yorktown. About two miles from Great Bethel the forces of Pierce discovered two of the cavalry, which was from Hampton, doing duty as pickets. They succeeded in capturing one of them, who proved to be Captain Whiting, and who is said tously harassing the rear of the retreating army. During yesterday no movement took place either at Fortress Monroe, Hampton, or Newport News, Butler's command being entirely occupied in grieving over their defeat, and each Regiment endeavoring of matters was then mutually ascertained, and the forces uniting proceeded toward Little Bethel Church, five miles from Hampton. There they came upon the advanced guard of the enemy, defeated them, and drove them back, taking 30 prisoners, includilished, and before this our forces, which have been heavily reinforced, are in possession of Big Bethel, nine miles from Hampton. The enemy have been erecting strong fortifications at that point, but had not completed them. No details have rea
ginia, and experience has charged us an unusually dear price. Some three or four thousand Federal troops left Fortress Monroe on Sunday night, for the purpose of taking a rebel battery at a place called Great Bethel, about nine miles from Hampton. The erection of the battery was evidently part of a plan to environ the Fortress and to strengthen the defensive works of our enemies. It was found, on making the attack, that the Federal troops were unable to cope with the well fortified Rebappears to us to show a degree of blundering which must be attributed to nothing else than want of skill in the officers. Over three thousand men start out at night to unmask some batteries which the rebels, it was believed, had erected between Hampton and Yorktown, outside of Gen. Butler's lines at Fortress Monroe. The danger of night attacks is that, unless great caution observed, the columns, if in detached commands, are likely to encounter each other.--This is the case in this affair, a
orce to the scene of battle, as it was thought the Confederates would remove their position, and if it should be captured, it would require a force of 2,500 to hold it, with five hundred additional to keep open the communication between that and Hampton. A large number of wounded had been brought in to the hospital at Fortress Monroe, many of whom were fatally injured. On Tuesday two of the wounded died. A passenger by the Georgeanna stated that twenty-five Zouaves, besides those known tides wounding quite a number. This revealed their approach to the Confederates, and the delay caused by the confusion resulting from the mistake, enabled the Confederates to thoroughly prepare for them. While on the march, Capt. A. Whiting, of Hampton, who was on picket duty, was captured. He is represented to be a splendid specimen of manhood, and his bearing and courage elicited the admiration of the Federal officers. Another picket was discovered and fired on, but he escaped. After