Mobile Advertiser & Register
June 15, 1861
PICKENS, MANASSAS JUNCTION
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Quarters, June 6, 1861
was told yesterday, coming from one of the parties engaged, (the Captain), that
a party of scouts, seven in number, under Capt. McKay, commanding an
independent company, late of the United States service, met with four federal
cavalry, also scouts, at Falls Church, Wednesday night, and taking deliberate
aim at the Federalists, fired, killing three instantly and wounding the fourth
so badly that he had to cling to the back of his horse as he ran.† This happened in distant view of the enemyís
camp, supposed to be Dragoons, about six miles from Alexandria.† The Rangers made good their escape, having
only one musket fired at them.† This came
from the captain himself, and was told to Lieutenant K. of the _____, from whom
I got the information.
fateful accident happened in one of the South Carolina regiments two nights
since, which resulted in the immediate death of a young South Carolinian
quarter-master sergeant.† A Virginia
volunteer was in camp with him, and in handling a musket it was by some means
discharged, nearly blowing the South Carolinianís head off.† I did not learn his name.
seventy-five negroes from Fauquier county arrived here this evening, and were
immediately put at the fortifications, for which purpose they came.† Others are said to be coming.
took a good look at Gen. Beauregard to-day, and though his face shows the
highest order of intellect, yet he has the most unfathomable eye I have ever
looked into.† Every one feels the
greatest confidence in him.