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fensible position about a mile and a half in the rear, which appears to have been selected by Wise. Here the latter established Camp Defiance, and in the spirit of that title awaited the advance of Cox and Rosecrans, and disregarded the orders of Floyd to fall back to Meadow Bluff, a point 16 miles west of Lewisburg, in a fertile country, at the union of the only good roads to the Gauley and the New ferries. Meanwhile there was some skirmishing going on with the Federal advance, and Col. Lucius Davis, commanding the First regiment of Wise's legion, operated on the south side of the New river, capturing over 40 prisoners. Up to this time, General Lee had not visited the forces in the Kanawha valley, and had left the conduct of operations entirely to General Floyd, and we will now turn to that even more rugged and difficult field in which the department commander was endeavoring to dislodge the enemy. The Federal force before Huttonsville was under the immediate command of Brig.-
Trooper's manual for Light Dragoons. This is an admirable work, compiled by Col. J. Lucius Davis, the accomplished Cavalry officer, and just published by Mr. A. Morris, of this city: "Besides the Cavalry drill proper, it contains the regular drill of the United States Mounted Rifles, as authorized by a board of officers of the United States Army; the revolver manual of Capt. Bell, U. S. A., never before published in any book of tactics; the application of the regular drill to single rank formations; also, manual and directions for handling the breech leader, and other improved arms."
Henry Winter Davis. --The Baltimore American, of Saturday, says: The Congressional Convention for the Fourth District, last night nominated, as the candidate of the Union party for that District, the Hon. Henry Winter Davis. We need scarcely say that this is a result we can not announce except with a decided and explicit expression of regret and condemnation.
Fast day. We publish on our outside page the Proclamation of President Davis, for a National Fast, to-morrow. We trust the day will be strictly observed through all the Confederate States; that all places of business will be closed, and that especially establishments for the sale of liquor will not dispense the means of feasting and frolicking on a day of fasting and prayer.
A good suggestion. A Staunton correspondent, after giving an account of the surprise at Phillippi, urges the propriety of sending Henry A. Wise, with his partisan Legion, at once to Northwestern Virginia. He adds: Gen. Wise is the very man for that country and that people. He can do more with them and for them than Gen. Beauregard himself. Please say to Gen. Wise, that it is suggested that he visit President Davis without delay, and request the loan of the 600 Choctaw warriors in or about Norfolk, for four weeks only. Gen. Wise, commanding his Legion and our Choctaw friends, could settle little matters of difference which might arise between themselves on the one hand, and Carlile, late of Dayton, Rockingham county, Va., Brown of Preston, Major Gen. McLeland, of Ohio, and the crawling sympathizers with Seward and Lincoln on the other, in one lunar month; rest assured of this. Our young men who went from this county (Augusta) are noble youths; but, my dear Editors, the
home manufacture. Indeed, the rifles, as well as the knives, were nearly all made here in the mountains, and if not the most polished weapons, are certainly most efficient and deadly. The most patriotic feelings actuated all, and all seemed anxious to meet the invader, who comes to disturb our peace, and commit his barbarities upon our people, who have never wronged or injured him, and who only ask to be let alone. A lad, hardly in his teens, bore a fine rifle, and as arms were scarce, Col. Davis asked him to give it to one of the men. He positively refused, declaring that he had come to fight himself, and sincerely regretted than the rumors were false, as he hoped to have decked his shot-pouch with the scalp of an Abolitionist. His reply occasioned a great deal of interest in the young soldier, and he was encouraged by the applause of the crowd. Mr. Price, the member from this county to the Convention, applauded his resolution, and tendered him the hospitalities of his house, wh
Boxes unclaimed. --A kind and considerate gentleman passing by Weldon, North Carolina, a few days ago since, took the following list of unclaimed boxes lying in the store of D. G. Dricg at that place: One box of blankets to Colonel Lucius Davis, for Wise's Legion. From Clarksville to Richmond, Virginia. One box to J. W. Shinn, Garysburg, North Carolina. One box to B. Duke, Fifth Regiment North Carolina volunteers, care of Captain Perry, Yorktown. One large box to John A. Fleming, company E, Yorktown, Virginia, care of Captain McDowell, First Regiment North Carolina volunteers. One large box to P. A. Peoples, Winchester, care of Captain Williamson, Seventeenth Mississippi Regiment. And a few other small-sized boxes, supposed to contain provisions spoiled. Should this meet the eye of those who sent them, or those they are intended for, it will inform them of the delay, and may induce them to adopt some means of having them forwarded or returned.
began thundering on them. Our infantry opening in a moment afterward decided the day; for a few moments the enemy stood their ground, and attempted to rally for another fight, but it was impossible; their men broke and fled in the wildest confusion. The day was won Victory perched upon our standard. It was a proud moment for our commanders. Beauregard came dashing up our lines to Col. Elzey, complimenting him, remarked, "You, Col. Elzey, are the Blucher of the day"--a moment after, President Davis came up, and Col. Elzey was made Brigadier General on the ground. You will hear many accounts of the carnage on that battle-field, but the scene begs are all description.--Around us and under our feet were piles upon piles of the dead and dying, horse and rider, carriage and driver, all in a confused mass — wounded men pulling you by the pants begging for water. The wail of dying men were unheeded, unnoticed by men who but a day before could not have looked upon a dead man without shu
om another long march from Winchester. The last seven or eight miles of the march were made in a "long trot" or "double quick," because of the fight just on ahead, and it was most overpowering and prostrating. The heat and dust were excessive, and I was compelled on the battle-ground to drink water red with blood or die of thirst. I am grieved to have to inform you that we did not arrive in time to be in the main fight. We got to Manassas from Winchester at exactly the same time that Davis did from Richmond; and our brigade was among the troops headed by him and marched to the field to reinforce Beauregard and finish the fight; but when we got there, at sunset, not a gun was to be heard, and not a Yankee, save dead or wounded, was to be seen. Their loss was very severe, and far exceeds ours. They fled like dogs, in the greatest confusion. It was a glorious but bloody triumph for the South. We are now encamped on the site of the bloody battle-field, among the carcas
Appointed --Rev. Jas. B. Taylor, Jr., formerly of Hampton's Legion, has been commissioned Chaplain of Col. Lucius Davis's cavalry regiment. Mr. Taylor is the compiler of that popular volume known as "Camp Hymns." He is an excellent man and a fine preacher.
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