July 6, 1861
PARTICULARS OF THE ENGAGEMENT NEAR
RICHMOND, July 4—The Winchester correspondence of the
Richmond Examiner, dated Winchester, July 2nd, at night, says: Last night a large body of the enemy crossed
the Potomac River, some above and some below Williamsport, marching six miles
east of Martinsburg.
Col. Jackson advanced to meet them.
The vanguard of the enemy consisted of a company of eighty-five men,
distributed as follows:
Fifteen in front, thirty distant two hundred yards from
the fifteen, and forty distant a quarter of a mile from the thirty. The first fifteen surrendered without a
contest , the next thirty fired a few shots and surrendered. The forty regaining the main body after four
were taken prisoners. Seventeen killed
and nineteen wounded. In the meantime,
the main body of the enemy came up and were engaged. The battle lasted one hour and a half, when
the enemy retired. Col. Jackson then
retired near Martinsburg. The
Confederates had killed eight, wounded eleven.
The enemy, seventy killed, nineteen wounded, and fifty prisoners.
[Transcribed by Sharon Strout]