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d return to Camden; Greene saved his artillery and collected all his men. Receiving a reenforce-ment of five hundred, Rawdon crossed the Wateree in pursuit of him; but he skilfully kept his enemy at bay. No sooner had Marion been re-enforced by Lee, than they marched against the fort on Wright's bluff below Camden, the principal post of the British on the Santee, garrisoned by one hundred and fourteen men. The Americans were without cannon, and the bluff was forty feet high; but the forest s still held Ninety-Six and Augusta. Conforming to the plan which Greene had forwarded from Deep river, General Pickens and Colonel Clarke with militia kept watch over the latter. On the twentieth of May, they were joined by Lieu- 20. tenant-Colonel Lee. The outposts were taken one after another, and on the fifth of June the main fort June 5. with about three hundred men capitulated. One officer, obnoxious for his cruelties, fell after the surrender by an unknown hand. Lieutenant-Colonel
re killed, and more than thirty wounded; about forty were carried off as prisoners. With this expedition, Arnold disappears from history. Cornwallis now found himself where he had so ardently desired to be,—in Virginia, at the head of seven thousand effective men, with not a third of that number to oppose him by land, and with undisputed command of the water. The statesmen of Virginia, in the extremity of their peril, were divided in opinion. Wanting a rudder in the storm, said Richard Henry Lee, the good ship must inevitably be cast away; and he proposed to send for General Washington immediately, and invest him with dictatorial powers. But Jefferson, on the other hand, reasoned: The thought alone of creating a dictator is treason against the people; is treason against mankind in general, giving to their oppressors a proof of the imbecility of republican government in times of pressing danger. The government, instead of being braced and invigorated for greater exertions und
rator of nature, equaling, if not surpassing, the stirring and commanding eloquence of him who-- "Wielded at will that fierce Democratic, Shook the arsenal, and fulmined over Greece To Macedon, and Artaxerge's throne." Such were Richard Henry Lee, and Patrick Henry, the Virginia Isocrates, and the Virginia Demosthenes; and such were the actors in the House of Burgesses of 1766. The day appointed for the discussion of Mr. Henry's resolutions, condemnatory of the Stamp Act, had that Thomas Jefferson imbibed those principles which ten years later were embodied in the Declaration of Independence. The discussion of the four resolutions, offered by Mr. Henry, began. In opposition, appeared the great names of Wythe, and Lee, and Bland, and Pendleton, and Randolph; in their support, arose Patrick Henry, their author and mover, assisted by George Johnson, member for the county of Fairfax. Though the odds against himself were tremendous, never did a speaker bear himsel
ed to Capt. Arthur Lee Rogers, who commanded the Loudoun Artillery in the battle of Manassas, for the following unpublished letter from General Washington to Richard Henry Lee. This letter has been preserved in the Lee. family, who, though applied to by Banoroft, Irving and others for a copy for publication, have hitherto refLee. family, who, though applied to by Banoroft, Irving and others for a copy for publication, have hitherto refused it, on the ground that it would be improper to give to the world a private letter from the Father of his Country reflecting upon any portion of it while the old Union endured. But now that "these people" have trampled the Constitution under foot, destroyed the Government of our fathers, and invaded and desolated Washington's ent my affectionate and respectful compliments to Dr. Shippen, his lady and family, my brothers of the Delegation, and any other enquiring friends — and at the same time, do me the justice to believe that I am, with a sincere regard. Your affectionate friend and ob't. serv't. (Signed.) Gro. Washington. Richard Henry Lee, Esq.
Company "F." --Private D. C. Mayo arrived in this city yesterday evening per Central Railroad, from Gen. Lee's headquarters, in the Northwest, and immediately from Company F's quarters. The members of the corps are all well except some cases of rheumatism. They desire that their friends in Richmond will remember that winter is near at hand, and anything in the way of flannel shirts, drawers and shoes are particularly needed at this time, as they have had one severe frost there already. Any box sent to them directed to Millboro' Depot, care of Col. Gilham, 21st Virginia Regiment, Valley Mountain, will be sent on. Small packages, as far as possible, should be aggregated so as to save trouble in handling them.
consequence of the above release, Major Sturgis has released all of his prisoners, without requiring the oath from them. It is expected that the officers still retained in Springfield will follow the privates in a few days. Designs of Gen. Lee. The Wheeling Intelligencer, of Friday, says: Well-posted military men are of the opinion that neither Gen. Lee nor any other force from the East will attempt to march through Cheat River Pass, but that they will make a raid upon that Gen. Lee nor any other force from the East will attempt to march through Cheat River Pass, but that they will make a raid upon that section of the State. The squads of men who are ranging through that country indicate that such is the design. To come through the Pass would result in a great sacrifice of life, without an adequate advantage. To come by French Creek, and get between the supply depots and the forces beyond that section, would be far more advantageous to a hostile force, and is probably not lost sight of by the rebel Generals in command. Skirmish in Western Virginia. The Wheeling Press lately gave an
Thursday night they landed at Boyd's Hole, and about two o'clock were observed by some of Capt. Taylors pickets, reported to camp, and met by a detachment of Capt. Murphy's troop and Capt. Taylors, and after a sharp fire on both sides, repulsed in an obvious attempt to surprise and capture those commands. Sergeant Washington, of the Potomac Troop, was slightly wounded in the cheek, and two horses of the same troop were badly injured by rifle shot. The party was led by Captain Murphy, of Lee's Light Horse, and Lieuts. Ashton and Taylor, of the Potomac Cavalry, Capt. Taylor happening to be absent at the time. The night was intensely dark, and neither party could be seen distinctly by the other, the enemy's force is supposed to have been between 80 and 100. From Cumberland Gap. The Lynchburg Republican has intelligence from reliable source that five thousand Federal troops had crossed the Cumberland mountains at Wheeler's Gap, and were, at the latest dates, advancing
ny of Gen. Jackson is, that every man acted the hero. The loss on both sides is very heavy; our own from 300 to 400; that of the enemy estimated at from 1200 to 1500. Among the killed we have the names of Col. L. T. Moore, of Winchester, Thomas H. Townes, former delegate in the Legislature from Jefferson county, and Bushrod and George Washington, privates in the Botts Grays, from Jefferson in the wounded, we hear of Col. Echols, of the 20th regiment of Virginia volunteers, and Lieut. Richard Henry Lee, of the 2d regiment. The latter was shot down while waving a flag and gallantly cheering his men, our pricely advance of his regiment. This regiment is said to have sustained a loss of about one hundred. Gen. Jackson had fallen back as far as Woodstock, point he was stationed on Tuesday night. The gallant Ash by was picketing about five miles below the town, and fighting was going on between the pickets of the two armies. The enemy were at Strasburg with a heavy
we copy: The Second Virginia Regiment commanded by Colonel Allen, and composed chiefly of Jefferson and Frederick men, seems to have suffered terribly. Amongst the killed and wounded reported are several of our personal friends. Lieutenant Richard Henry Lee, wounded, was the Commonwealth's Attorney for the county of Jefferson, an elegant and accomplished Christian gentleman, who bears a great historic name. We sincerely trust that he is not seriously wounded. T H. Turner, of Shepherdstorfect order until some officers who were retiring with speed along the road, informed me that the enemy a cavalry were in force in the rear. In this juncture, company D. of my regiment volunteered to become the rear guard of the entire force. Col. Lee, of the 67th regiment, kindly volunteered to command this rear guard in order to permit me to attend to the balance of my regiment who were jaded and broken down by exposure, fasting, fighting and marching since the evening of the 11th instant.
ll around us. One struck a driver on the leg and cut it off, then passing through one horse and entering the body of another, burst inside of it and mortally wounded its rider. The Second regiment (our own glorious regiment) behaved magnificently, and Colonel Allen proved himself worthy of his gallant command. Amongst many instances of gallantry which characterized the conduct of our men, I must tell you one or two. The banner bearer of the 2d was shot down, killed; whereupon Lieut. Richard Henry Lee caught up the fallen flag and bore it onward in front of the line until he fell wounded in the thigh. Then Lieut. Davis seized it, when he, too, was shot, and as he fell another man caught it before it touched the ground, when he also was mortally wounded. Col. Allen then sprang from his horse, took up the tattered standard from the ground, and gallantly charged at the head of his regiment, with the consecrated colors in his hand. The flagstaff was shot in two, and bears, besides
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