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 maintained our ground till 6 A. M., on the 8th, when the enemy began skirmishing with us. I could then see about 300 of the enemy skirmishing through the swamp.
The McCulloch Rangers were then sent to support us, under command of Lieut. Hazlett, whose former Captain, Imboden, was a volunteer in our party.
We kept skirmishing with them till 8½ o'clock, falling back from our first position, about half a mile distant, to within three hundred yards of the barricade, being under fifty men, and pressed at last by at least one thousand of t
ordan's regiments; about three and a half miles off I met Major Fry, with four companies of the 49th Virginia volunteers, having just landed and advancing, and Colonel Green, with a North Carolina regiment of the Wise Legion, also just landed, and waiting for the landing of his ammunition and baggage.
I then obtained a little ammunition, (24 rounds of 6 and 12-pounder,) and returned, and after proceeding about two miles I found some fugitives, Col. Green's regiment, and Major Fry's companies, who had halted here, and I was informed that the barricade had been carried.
This was about 12½ P. M. I heard that two more charges were made by the enemy.
Shortly iable accounts since state the number as 14,000.
I heard that Col. Shaw, after the capture of the barricade, decided to capitulate, together with Cols. Jordan and Green and Major Fry, and their regiments and companies.
I saw Lieut. Col. Anderson before leaving, and offered to take him off. He seemed much distressed, but said he c