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The Daily Dispatch: October 24, 1861., [Electronic resource] 11 1 Browse Search
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-This community was electrified the day before yesterday, by the news from Leesburg. It was reported, at first, that General Evans, with four regiments, had defeated a heavy force of twelve Yankee regiments, with six batteries, he himself having onttle of Trafal gar, (21st of October,) the most memorable sea-fight of modern times, that of Lepanto alone excepted. General Evans has given it an additional claim to be remembered. His achievement, though on a smaller scale, may rank with Cressy which the two great English monarchs contended on those memorable occasions, were not so great as the odds against which Evans had to contend on Monday last. Nor was the victory of the latter less decided. He seems to have routed the enemy entirehe would have polluted-- -- -- -- "So perish all, Who would man by man enthral." The splendid success of Gen. Evans against a force four times as numerous as his own, clearly indicates the policy which ought to have been pursued by the
who was in the immediate vicinity of the fight. These statements, it will be remembered embody observations made on the evening of the 21st., before the full extent of our victory was ascertained. The battle commanded early Monday morning, and lasted throughout the day. The Yankees crossed the Potomac the previous night, and continued to come over in large numbers as the fight progressed until from eight to ten thousand were landed on the Virginia side. They were met by the forces under Gen. Evans, with the 8th Virginia regiment, Col. Hunton the 13th Mississippi, Colonel Barksdale; the 17th Mississippi, Colonel Featherston, and the 18th Mississippi, Colonel Burt.--The engagement very soon became general, and the fighting was terrible on both sides, the Yankees being protected by a heavy forest and having the advantage in ground and position. They were routed three distinct times at the point of the bayonet, and as often heavily reinforced. In one charge the 8th Virginia captured a
Promotions. Brigadier Gen'l E. Kirby Smith, of Florida, has been promoted to the rank of Major-General in the Confederate army. Col. Geo. B. Evans, of South Carolina, who commanded the forces at Leesburg, was recently promoted to the rank of Brigadier-General.