Suffolk Christian Sun
December 6, 1861
The Petersburg Express gives the following account of a
brilliant achievement by Col. Ransomís North Carolina Regiment of Cavalry.† The fight mentioned occurred last week.
We have the
gratification of announcing upon unquestionable authority the complete success
of a skirmish beyond Manassas, in which the First North Carolina Cavalry ____
____ played a distinguished part.
On Tuesday morning
last, at early dawn, Colonel Robert Ransom, with a large body of his cavalry,
who now occupy an advanced position near Centreville, started out on a scouting
expedition.† They had proceeded but a few
miles when they fell in with the Third Pennsylvania Cavalry Regiment, commanded
by Col. Avrill.
At the command of
their leader, the North Carolinians made a dashing charge upon the Hessians,
killing 106 and taking 26 prisoners; also a large number of horses, arms and
were utterly routed, and fled in Bull Run style, leaving their dead and wounded
on the field.† Strange to state, not a
man on our side was lost.
This is certainly
one of the most gallant and remarkable affairs of the kind which has occurred
during the war, and Col. Ransom has quickly won for himself a distinction of
which he may well be proud.† We
congratulate him and the noble Old
upon the brilliant result of his expedition.
by Sharon Strout]