LETTER FROM COL. RICHARD C. BENTLEY.—The following letter has been received by C. W. Bentley, Esq., from his son, Col. Richard C. Bentley:
HEADQUARTERS 63D N. Y. S. V.
NEAR U. S. FORD, Va., May 4, 1863.
DEAR FATHER—We have had a terrible battle, lasting since Thursday. I went in yesterday, commanding the balance of my regiment and the 69th put together, about 160 men. We did not get under musketry fire, but the shelling was terrible. As I marched along the road to get in position, a shell struck in the centre of my line and killed one and wounded two men of the 69th. I received a piece of shell, burst in the air, on the head, which passed through the centre of the top of my hat, grazing my head, without cutting out the side, through the rim, and tore through my coat, vest and shirt, at the back of my left shoulder. I remained in command nearly an hour before I felt any effect, save a slight shock. The sun was very hot, and after getting them into the last position they occupied before being withdrawn, I sat down and keeled over and was taken to the rear. To-day I am all right, save some pain in the head and back, but nothing to notice. My regiment lost only one officer killed, and Capt. Lynch and one or more wounded. The enemy have fought desperately and their loss must be heavy.