June 18, 1861
the Charleston Courier, of South Carolina, we take the following additional
June 11—Military affairs are taking an active turn. Dispatches and individuals from the battle of
Bethel, state our loss to be but one killed, namely: a soldier named Wyatt,
from Richmond, and five wounded. That of
the enemy is put down at 20 killed, but the supposition is that many of their
dead and wounded were removed from the field.
Blood covered their ground in all directions.
of their officers, Capt. Waldrop, was killed while he was advancing upon our
entrenchments. He had mounted the fence
when Col. Hill, of the North Carolina Regiment, said: “Boys, there’s your mark;
take him down.” In an instant he fell
dead. Another, supposed from his dress
to be a field officer, was shot from his horse, but carried off the field. After these losses there was great confusion
among the enemy, and they retreated towards Hampton, leaving on the ground a
considerable ____ of haversacks, guns and revolvers.
watch and sword of Capt. Waldrop is now in Richmond. Our men behaved bravely. Young Wyatt, who was buried this afternoon
with military honors, was shot in the centre of the forehead while advancing
with four others to attack fifty.
North Carolina Regiment and the Richmond howitzer battalion, about thirteen
hundred men, were the only ones engaged on our side. The Louisiana Regiment arrived two hours
after the battle. They were very mad
because they arrived too late.
Magruder’s forces fell back on Yorktown, expecting an
attack from a much larger force.
prisoners have been brought here, captured at Fairfax. One is Dr. Richards, of Washington, said to
be Lincoln’s physician.
June 11—The Lincolnites, 4,500 strong, yesterday
marched up the peninsula and encountered near Bethel Church, eleven miles
beyond Hampton, a portion of the Confederate forces, comprising North Carolina
and Virginia troops, under command of Maj. Magruder. The Confederate forces were about 1500
conflict was fierce and spirited, though of but short duration. The Lincolnites
were routed and fled in disorder towards Hampton.
Anderson, of Hampton, who was an eyewitness of the affair, estimates the loss
of the Lincolnites at about 300 killed and a large
number wounded. The Confederate loss is
estimated at 17 killed and a few wounded.
is believed that Col. Duryes, the celebrated former
commander of the New York Seventh Regiment, was killed by the Hampton Riflemen,
while leading the Zouaves to the charge. It is said he was shot through the heart.
United states flag at Fortress Monroe is reported at half mast.
[Transcribed by: Sharon Strout]