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Gen. Dana was indefatigable in his labors to get now been going on for three hours here without the troops off the transports, and through his ex- intermission, and a number of men were killed ertions most of the men and horses were off the and wounded. At this juncture our men were boats by nine o'clock, and preparations were withdrawn from the wood, where they were evibeing made to breakfast the men of this brigade, dently getting the worst of it, and the Second when the order was given for the Sixteenth, United States artillery, under Capt. Arnold, was Thirty-first, and Thirty-second New-York, and ordered into position on the right, and Capt. Porthe Ninety-fifth and Ninety-sixth Pennsylvania ter's First Massachusetts battery took up a posiregiments to advance into the woods and drive tion upon the left, and in a few minutes the shell off some of the rebel scouts who were firing occa- were flying through the air at the rate of about sional shots at our pickets, supposed to be sup- ten a minute. This soon compelled the rebels to ported by a force concealed in the woods. This make a move more on our' left, where the shells proved correct, for no sooner had our men made flew less thick than upon the ground they were an advance into the woods than they were re- then occupying. But there evidently is no rest ceived with a volley of musketry from the rebels, for the wicked : for no sooner had the rebels who were hidden in the dense undergrowth. moved their forces upon our left, than our gunOur men pressed on and gave them a volley, boats, which up to that time had been unable to after which the enemy retreated further into the have a hand, in the affair, opened their batteries woods, with the Thirty-second New-York close at upon the foe with so much effect that, when I
but they were too swift-footed for commenced to write, they had completely driven our boys-being more protected—and they soon the enemy out of sight and hearing. I am inleft the Thirty-second struggling in the mud. clined to think that this move upon our left was
While this scene had been going on on the an expensive one to the rebels, who, ere this right centre, another was transpiring on the cen- reaches the readers of the Herald, will have tre where the Ninety-fifth Pennsylvania had learned that near our gunboats is not one of the entered the woods. In a few moments after they safest places that can be found. As soon as the entered they found themselves in a dense swamp, guns of Capt. Porter commenced to fire among and, in their struggles to get across, became them, accompanied by those from the river, the separated from each other. One of the com- rebels undertook to move one of their batteries panies managed to get to the other side, and was which they had got into position. The New-Jerclimbing the bank on the opposite side when they sey regiment received orders to charge upon this descried a party of soldiers lying in ambush. battery, and at it they went, with cheers that " Who comes there?" cried the party in am- made the very forests ring; but the rebels were
* Friends," was the answer. “What again too fleet-footed. Before the Jersey boys are you?" was the next interrogation. “A got through the woods, the enemy had made tall company of the Ninety-fifth Pennsylvania.” No travelling, and got out of sight in the woods. sooner was this answer returned than the party, Everybody has done well, and the troops have whom the captain had mistaken for some of his acted nobly. They have been under arms all own regiment, opened a terrible fire upon our day thus far, and standing in the broiling sun men, who returned the fire and then returned to without anything whatever to eat, except that
In this affair Capt. Beates, of com- which they may have had in their haversacks. I pany B, was shot through the shoulder, but not have yet to hear a word of complaint from any dangerously wounded, and one or two privates, quarter. The idea of having an opportunity to whose names I am as yet unable to learn, were have a fight with the rebels seems to have abkilled, and carried off the field by their friends, sorbed all their other faculties. who, before they quit the ground, revenged the More troops are constantly arriving, and just fall of their brave comrades by giving the enemy now Capt. Saunders's company of Massachusetts a few well-directed volleys.
sharp-shooters pass by me on their road to the But now the action became more general front. These are the men who are able to teach throughout the lines, and from every quarter of the rebels that two parties can lie concealed in the woods came the sharp crack of musketry. I the woods. tried for a time to be ubiquitous, but after travel- The artillery has now ceased firing, and I hear ling from one point to another some fifty times, nothing except the occasional discharge of a for the purpose of seeing how matters were going, musket; it seems to be far off towards WilliamsI took my stand on the right, and calmly awaited burgh. I think we have got into their rear, and the coming events. The sharp reports came if we have, we intend halting them for a few nearer and nearer, and at length a ball lodged in hours until General McClellan can come up to a tree at my side. I was about to move from my carry them back to their deserted quarters at dangerous quarters, when my attention was at-Yorktown. tracted to that portion of the woods where the At the close of the action in the afternoon the Thirty-first and Thirty-second New-York State Fifth Maine regiment won encomiums from all militia had entered. Four men were carrying the staff for their bravery in heading an advance the body of a man, which, upon inquiry, I under- into the woods upon the left. stood to be that of Capt. Young, of company G, The gunboats are still throwing shell into the of the Thirty-second regiment, who was shot in woods, to keep the enemy from erecting battethe throat and died instantly. The fight had ries. We expect to have an attack or make an
advance to-night. We have no fear of the result. fifth Pennsylvania ; Lieut. J. Twaddle, Thirty. The rebel army now in front of us, I have just second New - York; Privates Joseph Taulh, learned, is under the command of Gen. Robert Thirty-first New-York; Charles Allen, ThirtyLee.
second New-York; Minor Hicken, Thirty-second Gen. Franklin has just sent a despatch to Gen. New-York; Olmon Davis, Thirty - second NewMcClellan announcing the battle of to-day. York; Charles Chatteman, Thirty-second New
The KILLED AND WOUNDED.--First Lieut. Fred. York; H. Choper, Thirty - second New-York; erick Pross, Co. F, Thirty-first New-York, killed. W. Humphries, Thirty-second New-York ; Sergt. William Linser, Co. F, Thirty-first New-York, E. Camp, Thirty - second New - York; Private (private,) killed. Lieut. Babcock, Co. D, Thirty- John Hepstine, Thirty-first New-York. first New-York, mortally wounded. Minor Wiggins, (private,) severely wounded. Abraham Da
ANOTHER ACCOUNT. vis, (private,) Thirty - second New-York, ball
CAMP Newton, West-POINT, VL., May 8. through waist. E. Chasser, (private,) Co. G,
I sit down under the shade of a tree to write Thirty-second New-York, wounded. Wm. Umphries, (private,) Co. H, Thirty-second New-York, which the rebels invited us. Precisely who was
some little account of the “second Shiloh" to flesh wound. Edwin Comp, (private,) Co. I, beaten at the first Shiloh I have never learned ; Thirty-second New-York, flesh wound. Joseph but of how the little attempt at a repetition yesHepstine, (private,) Co. F, Thirty-first New-York, terday came out, I think I understand perfectly. flesh wound. KNOWN TO BE DEAD. Capt. Young, Co. D, Point.
First, then, of the location of the camp at WestThirty-second New-York. Capt. S. H. Brown,
A large open field, a mile — more, I think Co. C, Thirty-second New-York. Lieut. Wallace, long, upon the river, located on the left bank of Co. c, Thirty-second New-York. Lieut. Pross, the river, and nearly half a mile wide - being the Co. F, Thirty-first New-York. Private Christian principal part of a large and particularly fino Hower
, Co. B, Thirty-first New-York. Private plantation—a good mansion and numerous barns, William Linsener, Co. F, Thirty-first New-York. Private Philip Strells , Co. F, Thirty-first New- etc, thereon. This diagram will give the position
with tolerable accuracy:
WOUNDED.-Capt. J. H. Boltis, Ninety - fifth
held in reserve, or the future movements of our in position. Porter's First Massachusetts on the armies." So I shall not be hanged for saying left, with Lieut. Sleeper's section facing the works that Gen. Franklin's division-the best, in several on the heights, Capt. Platt's battery, (Co. D, Seimportant particulars, to be found in the army-cond artillery, regulars,) on the right, and Hexahad been at Ship Point quite a long time, when, mer's New-Jersey in the centre. Other artillery in on Sunday last, the rebel army evaporated, wait- the reserve. The batteries were supported by the ing, apparently, for something to turn up-for Twentieth Massachusetts, and portions of the something pretty important, too, it should seem, Nineteenth Massachusetts and Sixteenth Newfrom the commotion which was caused in the York. Positions as noted above. Cabinet when the President interfered to say Now when the troops first fell back, and bul. that Gen. McClellan must have his way; that lets were whizzing over the field, there was a Franklin's division must go with the army of the pretty nice question of generalship to be decided. Potomac.
The artillery, by moving forward, could clear the The division was quite ready for a move when woods very quickly, undoubtedly, But what the order was received at inspection on Sunday would be the effect upon our own infantry? If last. On Tuesday its infantry was landed with it had been permitted to give up then, and anout opposition, gunboats having preceded the other one had been substituted, it is not unlikely transport vessels. Tuesday night there were that peaceable possession of the field could have some picket murders. One, a sergeant in the been obtained with a less loss of life than we Goslin Zouaves, of Philadelphia, was killed by a actually suffered. But there would have been an Texan Ranger. Another picket instantly fired end, for a time, of the usefulness of the division. upon the Texan, and in the morning the bodies The infantry having undertaken the task, must of the two were found near together in the wood fight its way through or be utterly demoralized. -the Texan dressed in unmilitary attire; in his So the infantry advanced again, promptly and pocket was a general pass permitting him to go willingly, quite as though it were a matter of anywhere within or through the lines of the con- course, to meet a second time the same reception. federate army, from which it is inferred that he A second time they were driven back, and yet a was employed as a scout. Skirmishing was kept third time the enemy succeeded in coming down np to some extent all night.
to the skirt of the woods. The artillery had not In the morning the fight began in earnest, and been idle; whenever opportunity was offered, in the new style which the rebels appear to have sending shells from the Parrott ten-pounder over adopted. The artillery had been landed during the woods and into the clearing where the enemy the night, or much of it rather, for the disem- was posted, the enemy's battery at that point barkation was not complete until about ten pouring in grape whenever one man came within o'clock in the morning. The rebels had a work its range upon advancing. The battery on th of considerable development on the heights, with heights at our left opened too upon the shipping rifled field-pieces and a field-battery, behind has in the river, and presently upon the camp, being tily thrown up intrenchments, in a small clearing responded to promptly and regularly by the left marked C in the plan above. Shortly after nine section of Porter's battery. The gunboats fired o'clock the main body of the infantry-all of a few shells in that direction, and also toward the Franklin's division-advanced into the woods in centre. front and on the flanks of the battery at C, meet- At about half-past three the infantry rallied ing a very large body of the enemy, a portion of for the last time. The artillery had damaged which was the famous Hampton Legion of South- the rebels considerably, and the time had come Carolina. It was not a fair stand-up meeting; for settling the question of possession. The but the enemy, familiar with the ground, and whole division advanced, the First New-Jersey skilfully managed, found it very easy to get into charging at the double-quick upon the rebel work ambuscades.
at the centre, the artillery the while keeping up The Thirty-first New-York advancing, finds it- a brisk fire of shell upon the point. Two shells self at once encountering, at a distance of a few from Porter's battery fell in the work as the regiyards, three regiments of the enemy, and so all ment advanced, and the rebels ran away with through the battle, sharp-shooting, guerrilla fight their little howitzers, leaving the Jersey men a ing altogether on the part of the enemy. Other free entry. Their cheers announced to the artil. troops were landed meanwhile, and were held in lerists in the field below the success of our troops, reserve. The fighting commenced on the right and the firing ceased. and left of our line, and on the skirt of the An hour later a corps of infantry was seen woods. But the troops advanced steadily and un- marching by the house near the battery on the der the severest fire. It was about one hour that left, and Lieut. Sleeper sent two shells after them this bushwhacking business continued when our by way of a parting salute, the last going through troops were obliged to fall back, the enemy fol- the building. The battle was over and the field owing close as long as they were protected by was ours. But it was not supposed that we were the forest. There was nothing like panic or fear. to be left in quiet repose, and therefore the batteNo bad conduct is reported on the part of any ry horses were in harness all night. But no enecorps--on the contrary, every soldier was on his my appeared to disturb us, and to-day we have best behavior. The artillery had by this time got the satisfaction of knowing that they are as far from us as they have been able to travel in the ness, and only abandoned him when forced to do time that has elapsed.
so by our artillery fire. When our infantry was The Thirty-first and Thirty-second New-York driven back the second time, the enemy's mus#ere the greatest sufferers, though the two com- ketry became so severe that it was necessary to panies of the Sixteenth New-York, which were remove the hospital on the right further toward sent into the woods, scarcely escaped more easily. the river. One man who had just come in with The enemy, in ambush, fired low-as the wounds a wounded comrade received a musket-ball as he of our soldiers testify-following the orders which entered the hospital tents. you remember Gen. Magruder gave to his sol- “But for the artillery, this would have been diers. In the course of this guerrilla fighting, another Ball's Bluff,” said a general officer toof course there were many very singular scenes. day. In the early stages of the engagement there Capt. Montgomery, Gen. Newton's Chief-of-staff, were serious fears that the rebels would succeed and Lieut. Baker, of Gen. Franklin's staff
, ventured in driving our troops into the river, protected as too far into the woods, and soon found themselves they were by the woods; but the steady fire of close
up with the Hampton Legion. A question the long-range guns was quite too much for put by one of them revealed their character, and mere infantry to withstand, and so the enemy instantly a number of muskets were discharged retired, and the battle-field of yesterday is now at them. Lieut. Baker escaped ; Captain Mont- as quiet this morning as Boston Common with a gomery's horse, pierced by half a dozen bullets, militia regiment encamped upon it. fell with his rider. The Captain feigned dead, but We have about two hundred and fifty wounded when the rebels commenced robbing his body he or killed — the precise number it is impossible to was moved to come to life, and to give the seces- get at—but you will know all about it before you sionist the benefit of some testamentary opinions set this, for the official report will go by the Gov. —as Mr. Choate said when he spoke in behalf ernment telegraph line from Fortress Monroe. of the remains of the Whig party. Just at that Many are line-officers. As I said before, the enemoment a shell from one of our batteries—which my fired low. A surgeon tells me he has ampuI can't undertake to say, as the officers of three tated five legs to-day, but has heard of no man's companies have positively assured me that they losing an arm. Only one man in the artillery did it-burst among the party. Then the cry was wounded — he a soldier in Hexamer's comwas raised, “Shoot the Yankee !" "Where- pany — by a musket-ball. Porter's battery was fore?” queried the Captain, “I didn't fire the the only one which had the honor of being shelled shell." Then another shell — whereupon the by the enemy-indeed it was the only one within whole party skedaddled-rebels in one direction range. But the shells hurt nobody, and the and the Captain in another.
rebel battery was silenced in a very few minutes. Immortalize Pat, said Captain no-matter-who, The buildings upon the plantation are all used just now. I obey the order. Last St. Patrick's for hospitals. I went through one of them this day I happened to be a guest of the same captain morning; and although some were dying, and all upon the Potomac. At night I saw Pat for the were severely wounded, I heard scarcely a single first time, when he came in, considerably the groan.
- Boston Journal worse for liquor, to apologize to his commanding officer for his condition excuse — he couldn't think of allowing that day of all others to go by The following is a private letter from an officer without getting drunk. And Pat expiated his in our army to his father : offence by sitting on a spare wheel the better part
SOUTH SIDE OF PAMUNKEY RIVER, of the second day. Pat turned up again yester
OPPOSITE WEST-POINT, VA, day. Not at his place, however, but coming out
Thursday, May's, 1662. of the woods, where the musketry was severest, My Dear FATHER : By the time you receive with a rabbit which he had managed to kill. this, the press will have furnished you with a “Where are you ?" asked his Captain. description of the battle of West-Point, fought
Sure, sir, I was detailed to stay in the camp, yesterday by us, and also of my wonderful and sir."
miraculous escapes throughout the day. General And Pat upon being ordered to return to camp Franklin's division left Yorktown on Monday, offered to compromise with the Captain by giving and landed same night upon the south side of him the rabbit.
Pamunkey River, opposite West-Point, in pres. In some cases our wounded and dead were ence of the pickets of the enemy. Sharp firing treated with shameful barbarity. The body of commenced immediately after our landing, and a soldier of the New-York Sixteenth was carried our brigade was therefore kept under arms and by, shot through the heart, and throat cut from in line of battle all night. On the following inornear to ear. Several cases of bayonet wounds ing (yesterday) it became evideat that the reupon our dead, who had been killed by bullets, treating columns from Yorktown would attack are reported. Per contra, a squad of men, bring our division here, with the hope of beating us off ing in a wounded soldier, have halted for a few before the arrival of our reēnforcements. minutes' rest under the tree where I am writing. At seven o'clock I was sent out by Generals The wounded man reports that he was taken Franklin and Newton to make a reconnoissance prisoner by three men of the Hampton Legion, of the ground around us in an engineering view, who treated him with every courtesy and kind- I so that we might establish the point of their at
ACCOUNT BY A PARTICIPANT.
tack. I took a company with me, and after going me." I remained in this way until they came up about two and a half 'miles, I observed a large to me, took away my pistol, and commenced body of rebels ahead of us in the woods, awaiting general plundering, and as they fingered away I our arrival. I ordered my men to deploy into the could not suppress a smile — and then rising, I woods as skirmishers, and then received a volley said: “Well, men, I yield as a prisoner of war." of musketry from them, which I returned, and They said: “You have been shamming, you d-d then finding they were surrounding me, I fell Yankee scoundrel, have you ?” “Certainly," back gradually until I reached the reserve, always said I, "everything is fair in war.” They then keeping one platoon in the woods as skirmishers, commenced to abuse me as a d-d Yankee this, to prevent an attack. Receiving orders then to and a d--d Yankee that, when I turned upon join the brigade as rapidly as possible, as the them, and said: "I have yielded as a prisoner of enemy was preparing to attack us in numbers, I war, I demand to be used as such. We in the took my position with General Newton, who had North know how to treat dogs better than you drawn up the brigade for action about half a mile do men; now lead me to your commanding offibehind where I was, or just outside the woods. cer.” They gave me another volley of abuse, at The action commenced at nine o'clock A.M.—the which I merely smiled, and then a shell, fired by enemy being posted in thick woods, and we en our artillery to the place where I was seen to endeavoring by maneuvres to draw them out—and ter, burst like the wind amongst us — skinning was maintained with great spirit and incessant my nose and scattering the rebel rascals like chaff. firing until four o'clock P.M., when we succeeded They seized their muskets, pointed two of them in driving them from their position and in occu- at me, and told me to come along, you d-d pying the ground lately occupied by rebel hordes. Yankee !" I still talked with them to gain time, The artillery worked beautifully, doing great ex- when another shell bursting amongst us, they ecution.
moved on further, calling to me to come on, My own escape is wonderful, and, indeed, al- while I said: “Go ahead, lead the way, quick.” most miraculous, and I forgot not to thank God I then saw a favorable moment, and preferring for his watchfulness over me. It was about one freedom to a Southern prison, I made one bound o'clock P.M. when I received an order from Gen. into the woods, and went back as fast as one leg Newton to go forward into the woods to ascertain would carry me. I felt very much exhausted, and whether the rebels were falling back, and whether was carried to the rear by some men and placed a certain regiment of ours held its position there. under a tree, when, with whisky and care, Í I went forward at once as fast as my well-tried felt stronger, although my leg was stiff. They horse could carry me, and upon entering the wished me to go in an ambulance to hospital, woods moved cautiously until I reached a barri- but I politely declined, and calling for an extra cade, when hearing voices beside me I plunged horse, I was lifted on his back, and returned to into the woods, thinking, of course, it was one of the field and reported to Gen. Newton for duty. our regiments—Thirty-first New-York—and was He kindly told me that I had distinguished mysurprised to find that I had gone right into a per- self enough this day, and requested me to keep fect nest of the Hampton Legion, from South- quiet. Carolina, who were lying behind trees, standing Do you not think that this was a miraculous behind bushes, and kneeling behind stumps like escape ? My captors (Hampton Legion) were the bees. I at once perceived my mistake, and knew most murderous looking body of villains I ever that nothing but the most consummate coolness beheld, and as for honor and mercy, they know would save me. I therefore saluted them, and not the first principles of such excellent virtues. they, taking me for a rebel officer, asked me how they are lost to all sense of honor, and should far Gen. Hampton was then. I answered without be used as dogs. Our men were brought in hesitation, and with rather more assurance than rapidly — many fine officers killed -- and several I thought I possessed, “I left him about ten rods men killed with Minie-balls and their throats cut below here," and added, “now, boys, the General from ear to ear! Savages themselves would blush expects you to do your duty to-day.” I then at such barbarity._Gen. Newton conducted the turned my horse slowly to lull suspicion, and was engagement, Gen. Franklin arriving at twelve M. congratulating myself on the probable success of on the field. It was a beautifully planned battle, my ruse, when seeing the U. S. on my cap, they and they expected to drive us into the river. We yelled out: “That's a d-n Yankee son of a b-h, had twenty thousand men against us, composed give him h-1!" On hearing this, I dashed the of Tennesseeans, Texan volunteers, Louisiana spurs into my horse, threw my head over his Tigers, Virginians, and Alabamians, beside the neck, and made for the road. A perfect volley Hampton Legion. Our men fought like tigers, of Minie-balls passed over and around me — -kill. although they suffered severely. We are expected my horse, who rolled over carrying me with ing to meet them again to-day, and will give them him, and left me down, Knowing that apparent- another chance at us. We are surrounded by ly nothing but time would save me, I lay with them here, but we are bound to be in Richmond my head back in a ditch, as I fell, and appeared soon. dead for some ten minutes. I did not move a Believe me, ever, your affectionate son, muscle or a feature, although the scoundrels were
James E. MONTGOMERY. swarming around me, and threatening to send
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