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o expect from a whole population armed for resistance, and resolved to give up their country only with their lives It can hardly be violating any rule to say that Gen. Magruder has pushed a strong reconnaissance twelve miles below this, and that Stanard's battery and part of Brown's are with him. The rest of us are left here, forming a part of the garrison, I suppose; or it may be that we may be ordered to join. I can only say that we are all very anxious to be with our comrades. We would all side of strong battalions" I intend this only for an opening wedge. To morrow you shall have more. P. P. S.--I open my letter to announce a skirmish which took place yesterday (Saturday) between a detachment of Howitzers belonging to Stanard's company, supported by a detachment from company E, of the North Carolina regiment, and a party of 75 Yankees.--About 11 o'clock yesterday, Major Randolph was informed at his camp, two miles below the Halfway House, that a party of Yankees were
els!" &c. To nearly all of these the names of the writers were defiantly signed, and all of the pensmen signed themselves as from New York except one who was from "Boston, Mass., U. S." To these excursions into the interior, of which this was the boldest, General Magruder determined to put a stop, and accordingly filled the place after the Yankees left with a few companies of his own troops. In addition to this, he determined to carry the war into the enemy's country, and on Wednesday last Stanard's battery of the Howitzer Battalion was ordered down to the Church, where it was soon joined by a portion of Brown's battery, of the same corps. The North Carolina Regiment, under Colonel Hill, was also there, making in all about 1,100 men, and seven howitzer guns. On Saturday last the first excursion of considerable importance was made. A detachment of 200 infantry and a howitzer gun under Major Randolph, and one of 70 infantry, and another howitzer under Maj Lane, of the N. C. regi