The Herald’s dispatches, Washington 23d, say: “About 200,000 men have been ordered here from the different states. The Governors of the several States of New England and New York respond nobly.”
The President and Secretary Seward visited the fortifications on the Virginia side today, and were received by the gallant Sixty-ninth with the greatest enthusiasm. The President asked them if they intended to re-enlist. They replied, “yes, if the President desired.” He announced emphatically that he did, and wrote them a letter complimenting them on their brave and heroic conduct, and expressing the hope that the whole regiment would re-enlist. This was received with cheers, and the determination was expressed to go for the war and stand by the government and flag forever.
The barbarities practiced by the rebels at the battle of Bull’s Run are unparalled.
A private of the First Connecticut Regiment found a wounded rebel lying in the sun and carried him to the shade and gave him a drink from his canteen. The rebel revived and deliberately shot his benefactor.
In another instance where a number of our wounded had been placed together in the shade they were deliberately fired upon by a rebel cavalier.
The Michigan Regiments at one time marched up to one of the heaviest of the rebel batteries, which had been several times unsuccessfully charged by the New York Fire Zouaves. They were subjected to a terrible fire by the artillery and rifles. They as well as the Zouaves, were without support, and after three ineffectual attempts, were compelled to abandon the effort to take the battery. In this charge, Col. Wilcox, who is reported wounded, and taken prisoner, was reported killed. The total number killed of the regiment is estimated at forty.
“It is the general opinion of nearly all the officers, that the loss of the enemy is nearly twice as great as ours.”