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was there. On the morning of the 7th, the signal being fired by Com. Lynch, between 12 and 2 P. M., the 59th Reg't Va. Vols., (Col. Henningsen's regiment,) Lieut. Col. Anderson commanding, and two companies of the 49th Reg't Va. Vols., Captains O. Jennings Wise and Coles commanding, crossed over from Nag's Head to Roanoke Island. That evening, Com. Lynch, with seven steamers, engaged the enemy's fleet. I counted sixty vessels, (there are said to have been treble this number,) of which about rolina regiments--the 8th, Col. Shaw, and the 31st, Col. Jordan. They reported 1,200 men for duty, of which 400 were in the batteries. The pickets having been driven in by the enemy, Lieut. Col. Frank Anderson ordered down twenty men under Capt. O. J. Wise, (ten of the Richmond Blues, 49th Virginia volunteers and ten of the McCulloch Rangers, 59th Virginia volunteers,) the writer and Sumpter Williamson, of Ala, joining them as volunteers. We met their pickets. Williamson shot one, and we mai
The Roanoke Island Captures. Under the heading of Capture of "F. F. V's" a recent Northern account says: The prisoners captured in the Forty-sixth and the Fifty-ninth Virginia Regiment comprise a greater portion of the genuine fire-eaters than have before fallen into our hands. The Adjutant of the regiment, Henry A Wise, Jr., is a tall, fine appearing young man, and nephew of the ex- Governor, who happens to have a son of the same name. Company A, commanded heretofore by Capt. O. Jennings Wise, is known at home as the Richmond Light Infantry Blues, and comprises many of the first and most prominent young men of that city. Their capture is a terrible blow to the Clite of Richmond, and will be felt there as the capture of the Seventh regiment would be felt in New York. They are the identical company which treated the Seventh to champagne shower baths when they went to Richmond to escort back the remains of President Monroe; and who, on a previous occasion, entertained the
ents immediately from Nag's Head. As soon as possible the 59th Virginia regiment, under Col. Frank Anderson, with two companies of the 46th Virginia, under Captain O. J. Wise, were embarked on barges for the island. The fight had begun before the troops reached the point of Roanoke, and as the upper portion was rounded the whole Col. Anderson ordered the barges grounded, and then proceeded to land the men as rapidly as possible. The disembarkation was conducted by Col. Anderson and Capt. O. J. Wise, in an orderly manner, and in less than two hours the men were formed in column, on the beach, and were prepared to march down the island to the point he list of killed and wounded on our side to-day, although it properly belongs to the succeeding letter. The casualties were as follows: Killed. Capt. O. Jennings Wise, 46th Va.; shot in several places. Capt. Coles, Company I, 46th Va.; shot in breast. Lieut. William B. Selden, C. S. A.; shot in head. Lieut. Nei
n taken possession of by our forces. Last moments of Capt. Wise. A letter from Roanoke Island, published in the New f a conversation which a Federal officer held with Capt. O. Jennings Wise in his dying moments: While referring to the our injuries are not fatal, and that you will recover" Wise shook his head with an expression that showed his belief that his days were numbered. "I hope, Captain Wise," said Major Kimball continuing, "that the time will come when we shall be re-united under that flag — the Union colors." Wise shook his head again, and in a firm, bold tone ejaculated, "Ne to the condition of a conquered province." "Well, captain Wise," responded Major Kimball, "you cannot be ignorant that accordance with the principles of civilized nations." Wise replied he was glad it had so far, and also hoped it would ered the wounded man any assistance in his power, for which Wise returned his thanks very warmly. The surgeons in attendanc
very pink of the chivalry, have fallen in estimation, and no one is willing to do honor to the prisoners relieved by General Burnside. All award bravery to O. Jennings Wise, but his father has so fallen in public estimation that he is proclaimed on the streets of Norfolk as a coward and poltroon. In his escape from Nag's Head she rode thirty miles on horseback, notwithstanding he had previously reported himself to be too ill to remain on Roanoke Island at the head of his command. Wise and Floyd now rank together as "the fleet-footed." giving a new interpretation to the F. F. Vets, as signifying "Fleeted Footed- Virginians!" by informant assures me that Wise would be if he were to appear in the streets of Norfolk or Richmond. He has retired to his farm in Princess Anne county, branded in public estimation at a braggart and coward. The estimation in which Floyd is held in Virginia is scarcely less enviable. His military escapades in Western Virginia has damaged his reput
ty by the This marked his conduct towards the South before the war began. He pilfered from his pockets with one hand, and did his best al away our mental independence with other. The war has changed his methods, but not his principles. He has substituted military robbery for financial and commercial robbery, and instead of the Abolition it capture upon which he formerly relied, he s to delivering lectures to helpless pris and to administering oaths to intim citizens. While O. Jennings Wise was lying mortally wounded, a prisoner on Roanoke Island, he was approached by a beastly Federal Surgeon who, instead of using his professional to soothe the agony of the dying man, embraced the occasion to sent the exultation of his brutal soul over the scene of Confederate disaster by predicting the speedy restoration of the Union. His brutality was irreplaceable. The instincts of a Hottentot would have taught him more charity and gentleness in such a situation. But this Yankee v
itary glory, and to Burnside the hope of bettering his estate. They both obtained permanent positions, and have since been constantly before the public eye. Burnside's most intimate personal friends--Generals Heth, Maury, Field, and others — are on the Southern side fighting the battle of freedom and independence. On repeated occasions Burnside is said to have behaved with unexpected courtesy toward the Confederates, more especially in the Roanoke Island affair, where the lamented O. Jennings Wise was killed, and in his bearing toward non-combatant citizens of Fredericksburg and its neighborhood, one or two of whom he certainly discharged from arrest, though they had been apprehended by special order of Stanton, Lincoln's Secretary of War. To a gentleman — whose name and county it is not proper to give — Burnside declared, less than three months ago, that when this war upon the South became a war for the extermination of slavery he should resign his commission. The proclama<
try, and only abandoned their guns after twenty one horses had been shot down. A portion of our lines in this vicinity was held by the both Virginia regiment, Wise's brigade, who handsomely repulsed an attack of the enemy. In this assault Col. P. R. Page, of the 26th, was mortally wounded, and died soon after reaching Petersburg. He was a native of Gloucester county, and a most gallant and popular officer. For some time past Col. Page has been in command of the brigade, Gen. Wise acting as division commander. Heavy skirmishing and occasional cannonading continued along other portions of the lines until 3 o'clock in the afternoon, when an effort in his death. His remains were brought to Richmond, and interred yesterday afternoon, after appropriate services at Sycamore church. Capt. Carter succeeded O. Jennings Wise, who fell at Roanoke Island, and has been with his company ever since. He was a gallant and popular officer, and universally esteemed by his acquaintances.
l for the defence, who contended that while the acts of the Legislature on the subject of duelling were couched in the language quoted by Mr. Young, yet the decision of the courts, which were paramount to any State statute, had been adverse to such practice, and, therefore, it was not proper to insist upon a witness making any statement which might tend to implicate him in a criminal prosecution. Reference was also made to the trial before Judge Meredith of Messrs. Sherrard Clemens and O. Jennings Wise, who had engaged in a duel, during which that functionary sustained the position which they maintained was correct, and declined to press any questions which Roger A., Pryor, who was Clemens's second, thought might implicate him in future difficulties. The statutes on the subject of duelling passed by the Legislature were severely criticised by the counsel for the defence, and were, they contended, of such a character as, if carried out, would rob our citizens of every right of indepen
to be called the "Richmond Light Infantry Blues." No one will be allowed to join who has not taken the oath of allegiance to the Constitution of the United States and the restored Government of Virginia. The name selected is auspicious, and will secure its speedy success. No company in the South dated its organization so far back, or numbered in its ranks so many prominent men, or enjoyed so wide a popularity, as the old "Richmond Blues." The company volunteered in the last war at the outbreak of hostilities, and of the one hundred and four men carried into the service, only seventeen escaped the sad misfortunes of the bloody conflict. Captain O. Jennings Wise was killed at Roanoke Island, and Captain Fred. Carter in one of the battles with the Army of the Potomac. Captain Charles P. Bigger received a severe wound in the left shoulder, and was in command of the company at the close of the war. The organization of this old company revived will doubtless take place at an early day.
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