A gallant Exploit.
A correspondent of the Petersburg Express
, writing from Burntville, Brunswick county
, June 30th, gives the following account of the capture of a Lieutenant and thirty-one privates of the Yankee
cavalry, by a Confederate officer and six citizens, armed with shot guns only:
On the evening of Wednesday, the 22d instant, a party of Yankee cavalry, numbering thirty-two men, passed through the neighborhood of Red Oak
, in Brunswick
, and stopped at Mrs Nancy Mason
's. Here they found Captain
G D White
, of the Boydton
cavalry, who has been at home on furlough in consequence of a dangerous wound, received while gallantly leading his men in the right at Gettysburg
was on a visit to Mrs Mason
, who is his grandmother.
called Captain White
from the house, and threatened to take him along with them as their prisoner; but not having a spare horse, the Lieutenant
in command (a scamp named Brooks
, and a renegade from Halifax county, Va.
,) gave him a verbal parole, which Captain White
said he would not regard, and which he did not, as the sequel will show.
This party of roving Yankees, camped that night a few miles from Mrs Mason
's, and early next morning Capt White
collected six of the neighbors and went in pursuit of the marauders.
He followed them some distance unperceived, and finally they halted at Mr James Elmore
's to feed their horses, as well as themselves.
While the Yankees
were awaiting a breakfast which they had ordered Mr Elmore
to cook, Capt White
was in sight, maturing his plans for their surprise and capture.
He stationed his company of six mounted men several hundred yards off in a lane, at the further slope of an eminence, and in such a manner as to present the appearance of a front rank of cavalry force.
They were two abreast, and really looked as appearances would seem to indicate.
then made a circuit so as to avoid being seen by the enemy, and dashing boldly up to the party defiantly ordered a surrender, or he would cut them to pieces in a moment, at the same time pointing to the head of what seemed to be a squadron of cavalry.--Overwhelmed with surprise and panic stricken, the Valliant Brooks
asked for time to consult his men. Capt White
replied that there was no time for parley.
He would not grant a moment, but that they must stack arms in the road, and march immediately up to the Dixie
boys, or the Dixie
boys would march to them.
immediately compiled, and stacking arms marched up to Capt White
body of cavalry.--Upon finding that they had surrendered to six citizens, armed only with double-barrel shot guns, their mortification was great, but it was too late to retrieve their misfortune.
They were so far from their arms that Capt White
and his men, being mounted, could have killed half of them before they could have fallen back many paces, and then have speedily dispatched the balance by first gaining access to their carbines and pistols.
The situation of affairs was seen at a glance.--They had been outgeneraled, and the only after native was to submit.
The commanding officer shed tears, (I hope they were tears of bitter repentance for the invasion of his native State,) and the ireful Yankees
threatened vengeance to Capt White
and his little squad if they were ever liberated.
But no one fears their threats.
They are ere this all safely shipped to Georgia
, where I hope they will have time allowed them for further repentance.
This successful little affair happened most opportunely for the brave Captain White
, who had so far recovered from his wound that he had determined again to return to the army.
For several weeks he has been endeavoring to purchase horses, but could not find suitable ones.
Now, however, since the Yankees
have kindly supplied him with as fine horses as any in the State
, we may soon expect to hear more of the gallant exploits of this deserving young officer.
He and the six Dixie boys, who shared with him the honors of this most extraordinary capture, deserve the thanks of the State
, and especially of this section.
But for this timely arrest the thirty- two vandals would have inflicted incalculable damage upon many of the unarmed people of Brunswick
, and perhaps of Lunenburg
and other counties.