The recent fight at Smithfield.
It seems that the expedition which landed at Smithfield
on Sunday was organized for the purpose of capturing a number of our pickets, consisting chiefly of members of Major Milligan
's signal corps, who had annoyed the enemy considerably on Saturday at Cherry Grove
The Petersburg Express
On Friday night the gunboat Flora Temple
anchored at Cherry Grove
, where she remained quiet until 11 A. M., Saturday, when she weighed anchor, and steamed up the Chuckatuck as high as Mr. David Corbell
's place, where the creek, being so narrow, she made fast on his landing and worked her way around.
on board were in high glue, laughing, whistling and dancing.
Several members of the signal corps who were concealed in the bushes near by waited until the Flora
got abreast of them, when they opened upon the invaders, firing at them 80 rounds, and killing and wounding ten or twelve before she could get beyond range.
The pilot and wheelsman were both killed, and others could be heard shrieking and screaming loudly.--After getting out of range the Flora Temple
threw one shell and two discharges of grape, but did no damage.
The boat then proceeded as fast as steam could carry her directly to Old Point
On Sunday the force already referred to landed at Smithfield
for the purpose of capturing the Confederates
who had so terribly annoyed the Flora Temple
at Cherry Grove
on Saturday, but were themselves captured.
Of the fight on Monday our informant states that Captain Sturdivant
's forces reached Smithfield
at half-past 11 o'clock, having driven the enemy from Scott
's Factory, four miles distant. Capt. Sturdivant
demanded an immediate and unconditional surrender of all the enemy.--Captain Lee
, of the 29th New York infantry, who was in command, seeing all means of escape cut off, signed a paper surrendering to Captain
S.; but just as he did so the gunboat Smith Briggs
above in sight, and Capt. Lee
refused to surrender.
then opened on them with his artillery, firing down the main street of the town, the Yankees
being in position opposite the hotel.
For a time the firing was sharp and rapid, the Yankees
returning our fire from a field piece and from the gunboat.
A courier was dispatched behind the village, who discovered that the Yankees
were rushing to the gunboat.
He immediately reported, when Captain Sturdivant
advanced rapidly to the creek with his artillery, and at the same time, our infantry, two companies of the 31st N. C., came up, and picked the Yankees
off with most deadly effect.
The third shot from Capt. Sturdivant
's battery went through the steam chest of the Briggs, and the boat immediately surrendered.
The land forces were not slow in following the example of the boat, and thus the entire party fell into our hands.
We killed of the enemy in all, about thirty five or forty. Ten were killed in the fight at Scott
's Factory, four miles from Smithfield
Our loss was two killed, none wounded.
One of the killed was Lieut. Perkins
, attached to Col. Jordan
's 31st N. C. regiment. Lieut.
P. was ambushed just as he ascended the hill at Scott
's Factory, a ball striking him in the thigh, and evening the main artery.
, commander of the Yankee
forces, succeeded in making his escape by swimming a creek while his guard were in pursuit of other game.
A participant in the engagement informs us that Capt. Sturdivant
acted in both fights with marked gallantry, sitting calmly on his horse amid a heavy fire, and encouraging his men. On Sunday when the cavalry and artillery were thrown into some confusion near Scott
's factory by the enemy, who had secreted themselves behind some old houses, Capt. Sturdivant
rode to the front, and by his gallant bearing and encouraging words, soon rallied the men, and hurried on in pursuit of the retreating foe. His men, too, are said to have fired with great precision and deadly effect.
The enemy had not landed any troops at Smithfield
at a ate hour Monday night, nor was there a gunboat in Nansemond river
, or Pagan or Chuckatuck
The fate of the Flora Temple
's crew, as well as that of the Smith Braggs
, has probably satisfied Butler
for a while.
Brigadier General Graham
, accompanied by a Lieutenant-Colonel
, one Major Pendleton
, and 80 marines, landed at Holliday's Point
, on the Nansemond river
, Sunday at 12 M. They proceeded to arrest every man in Chuckatuck
, both white
, and then at to eating and drinking.
The object of the visit was to await the arrival of the Smithfield
expedition; but night approaching, and none of their brother pirates appearing, the General
and his party began to "smell a mice," and speedily steamed off to Fortress Monroe
Before leaving they released all the prisoners, white
, except Mr. J. L. Walraven
, late of this city, who was taken off to Old Point
While at Chuckatuck Gen. Graham
boasted of his recent visit to Brandon
, and said he had burnt corn and pork enough there to feed the rebel army for a month or two.
is the General
who was taken prisoner at Gettysburg
, but was subsequently exchanged for Gen. Kemper