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Comte de Paris, History of the Civil War in America. Vol. 1. (ed. Henry Coppee , LL.D.), Book II:—secession. (search)
of this operation, he remained in person at Fortress Monroe, and entrusted its execution to General Peirce, who took with him twenty-five hundred men and two field-pieces. This little band was dividd. On hearing that Magruder was waiting for him at Big Bethel, a short distance from that spot, Peirce went out to attack him. But the mistake that had just occurred had shaken the confidence of his s, ably handled by Lieutenant Greble, a young regular officer, keep up the fight alone. At last Peirce attempts a serious attack, and divides his little band into three detachments. A portion of thet has mistaken one of its own companies for a body of the enemy's troops threatening to turn it. Peirce, at the head of his reserves, boldly crosses the swamp on his extreme right, but in vain; the Coick, whose name, already mentioned, will frequently occur during the narrative of the war. While Peirce's soldiers were rapidly falling back upon Fortress Monroe, Magruder felt but little disposed to