--Negro Regiments Engages
--We publish from the Savannah Republican
an account of the recent skirmish our Jacksonville
, about which so many reports have found their way to the public some of them is the disparagement of our brave troops in that quarter.
The idea of even a handful of our man being backed down by a negro regiment, is a raider on freeman.
The correspondent of the Republican,
who was a participant in the fight, says:
Monday, about 10 A. M., Major Bevard
sent Capt. Dickinson
, with about fifteen of his cavalrymen to annoy the enemy and induce them to capture him. He sidd in drawing out as far as the old brick-yard about two hundred of the black stamps, but could get them no further.
, being in the rear of his men, was partially out off when ten or twelve dusky forms made for him, crying: " stop dah!
hole on ah! " He gave his horse the spar and leaped town the hill though the old graveyard, across the march cleared two and was soon out of Major Brevard
who was at the Haddock House
with his infantry, sent Capt. Wescott
to the right to count in on their rear when he should advance.
Capt. Quincy Stewart
's company were deployed as skirmishers, in order to gave them the appearance of font pickets and after becoming engaged to fall back before their fire and draw them into where Capts West
's, May's, and Bird
's companies were concealed, and get them between them and bag the whole.
But instead of standing and showing fight as soon as Capt Stewart
's company became visible they delivered one fire and put towards town as fast as their joy and heels could carry them, skulking behind fences and hillocks to keep out of the way of our boys' persuasive pilis.
On Tuesday Major
moved his battalion to the front, putting Captain Bird
's company out as skirmishers.
The enemy got the range and position of his troops and she led him terrifically, but his men were firm and steady, and obeyed his orders with The look out reported the enemy landing troops from transports.
About 3 o'clock they came with a force of about 1,000 or 1,200 white men and negroes.
Three companies of white men came up on the left of the railroad, where Major
B had posted Capt
's company; the balance came up on the right of the railroad with field artillery mounted on a car.--Captain Bird
engaged them with his skim she's and fell back on them in body, who were posted in a refine at the church, where the action became general.
Shortly afterward a counter came om his right and reported that the enemy were g the rav below to flank him, whereupon he his command to fall back on the hill to prevent the threatened movement.
In the mean time the enemy were pouring a heavy fire of small arms, grape, canister and shell into his men. He threw them into line of battle on the edge of a pine thicker, and disposed his men in such a manner that they could not be flanked, and from this position turned loose on be enemy, drove them back, and forced them to retreat with their artillery.
In failing back they set fire to the houses on either side of the railroad.
The loss of the enemy is not known; as fast as they fall they were carried in the rear.
That of our battalion was six wounded, (none seriously,) nine killed.