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The Daily Dispatch: June 17, 1861., [Electronic resource] 22 2 Browse Search
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General John Banehead Magruder, the Hero of the "Peninsula, " is from Caroline county, Virginia. He is sometimes called the "Prince" Let him be promoted with the title of Duke of York.--Fred. News.
le was in the heated the engagement, and received the thanks of Col. Magruder himself for its mootness — I refer to the Virginia battalion, uely ordered his battalion to that post, where it remained until Col. Magruder visited us on the 8th, and ordered the battalion to the Halfway woods and abandoned, and Col. Stuart's command was ordered in, Col. Magruder ordered Major Montague to take Capt. Grammer's company and the d, eliciting for their perfect order and coolness the praise of Col. Magruder himself Whilst all behaved with coolness, the Halifax Light Infhalf a mile, to a cross-fire. They at least deserve mention. Colonel Magruder, in his official account of the battle, his done this battaliount, I ask, as a simple act of justice, that this be published Colonel Magruder, since the battle, is certain that we were attacked by upwardsag of truce from General Butler to our out-post, to treat with Colonel Magruder in relation to their dead, wounded, and prisoners. The result
North Carolina Regiment. This party came up with the enemy a short distance below Mr. Whitching's, and as soon as the Federal hirelings perceived their approach, they fled like startled fawns. So precipitate was their flight that they left behind haversacks and booty, and seemed to be in tent on saving their lives only. Col. Lee's command took one prisoner, and this was the first capture made in the skirmishes preliminary to and provocative of the battle of Bethel Church. Col. Magruder yesterday thanked the troops engaged in the battle of Bethel, and complimented them highly for their steadiness and courage in the field, and their subordination and propriety of deportment in the camp. In the course of his remarks he stated that he was authoritatively informed that the enemy's force at Bethel Church was 5,000 men and five field-pieces. Take it all in all, I think it may be safely asserted that the Confederate troops achieved a victory at Bethel Church, which for b
eadful work; the shot striking on the right flank would go entirely through to the left. (The enemy advanced by the right flank, and never formed line of battle) One of these shot went through and through a farm house, and through a Yankee on the other side, and then cut a fine free half down. The hole in the man was about the size of a common water bucket. In the first of the battle the enemy threw forward four companies of New York Zouaves to cross the creek at a ford a mile below. Col. Magruder then ordered the Chatham Grays, 85 strong, with one Naval Howitzer, under command of Capt. W. H. Werth, to defend the ford to the very last extremity. Capt. Werth, with his command, left their redoubt on the right, and crossed a wide open field within four hundred yards of the enemy's battery, which was then pouring shot of all kinds and shell around them, about as fast as hail, down the side of the stream at a double quick, whilst the Zouave regiment was at the same speed going down on
ast. Up to the time the Adelaide left, 9 o'clock on Monday night, two hundred and eighty wounded had been brought to the hospital, and still there were more left. The fire of the Confederates was extraordinarily fatal, and they were so well protected behind their works that nothing was seen of any of them until after the Federal column began their retreat, when some of them mounted on the top of their works. Who was in command of the Confederates was not ascertained, but it was thought that Col. Magruder was there. The guns are said to have been served with great rapidity and unerring aim, not one having missed its mark. Lieut. Greble. This officer, who is reported among the killed, belonged to the regular army, and was a relative of Mayor Henry, of Philadelphia. Brigadier General Pierce. This officer, who commanded the troops during the engagement, is a Massachusetts man, and has held a military commission under the laws of that State for several years.
The Daily Dispatch: June 17, 1861., [Electronic resource], A Later account, direct from the Fortress — interesting details. (search)
pposed to have been killed, as he was missing when the repulsed. Federal troops made an enquiry into the extent of their loss, upon arriving at Hampton, after a rapid retreat of over eight miles. However, as no one, so far as can be ascertained, saw him fall, various conjectures now account for his absence — some think he was killed, some that he was taken prisoner, and others that he is hiding in the woods, near the scene of their defeat. It is stated positively at Hampton that Col. J. B. Magruder was in command of the Confederate forces, which consisted of one artillery corps, with one hundred men and six pieces, a cavalry corps of one hundred, and three hundred riflemen and infantry--five hundred in all. All, save the cavalry, were an advance force from Yorktown, and were engaged in erecting a battery where the engagement took place, to intercept the advance of Butler on Yorktown. About two miles from Great Bethel the forces of Pierce discovered two of the cavalry, which was