July 9, 1861
LINCOLN TROOPS NEAR ALEXANDRIA—The Enemy Routed
with eight Killed, five Wounded and six Missing--The Lynchburg Virginian of
intelligence last night of a skirmish that took place within three-fourths of a
mile of Alexandria, between a detachment of 1st
Rifle Regiment of Alabama and a party of Lincoln’s
troops. On Sunday morning last a portion
of the battalion of the 1st Rifle Regiment of Alabama, under the
command of Capt. Weems, of Russell county, Alabama,
started in pursuit of a relief guard quartered in a house near Alexandria.
They succeeded in passing the picket guard and battery of the enemy,
mounted on Shute’s Hill, and arrived at the point at three o’clock where the
party they were in pursuit of were encamped.
The sentinels shot one of the men, when the Lincolnites were routed from
the house, the fight becoming general.
Our men succeeded in killing and wounding a number. A young man came in camp shortly afterwards
and reported the enemy’s loss eight killed, five wounded and six missing, with
but one lost on our side. Our informant
was in the action, and the intelligence is considered perfectly reliable.
[Transcribed by Sharon Strout]