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sions for man and beast are exceedingly scarce, and we suffer for the want of such supplies. But I do not think we shall remain here long. The enemy is crossing Ganley in large numbers, at Ganley Bridge and Carnitax's Ferry, below us, and at Hughes' Ferry, above us — their purpose doubtless being to take us both in our front andf men, and commanded by as brave and efficient officers, as are in the service. They are greatly chagrined at not being able to reach us in time for our fight at Ganley, and when the tug of another battle comes, they will not dishonor their gallant States, whose sons they are, or the glorious cause they represent upon the field. trod a step to the sound of martial music. On Wednesday and Thursday last, Rosencranz built new boats and threw some 5,000 of his men across to this side of Ganley, his purpose doubtless being to form a junction with General Cox's forces, which will come up fifteen miles from Ganley bridge. This will give him a column of ab
thwest will be interesting to the readers of the Dispatch. Now is the time to furnish material for the future historian. While every true patriot is bound to do his best, during the present difficulties, in fighting for the independence of his beloved country, still he is no less responsible to coming generations for the record of facts relating to the bravery of our soldiery and the skill of our leaders. Every movement that Gen. Floyd has made from the time he left Lewisburg on his way to Ganley, to the present time, is worthy of the highest commendation. He has not made a single mistake in his campaign thus far.--His march to the Gauley river, driving the enemy before him — his crossing the river in front of the enemy, under many disadvantages — his meeting the enemy shortly afterwards at Cross Lanes, and routing him with great loss — his fortifying at Gauley, and afterwards encountering Rosencranz, who had 8,000 men against 1,700--his fighting such a powerful antagonist for four <
of course more honorable than to vanquish an irresolute and cowardly enemy. What glory is there in putting Chinese to rout? We never hear much English laudation of the conduct of their troops in China. If one English regiment pate to frighten thousand Chinamen, it is taken as a matter of course, and the soldiers themselves would blush if they were complimented for their services. When we praise our Southern soldiers for the victories at Bethel, Ball Run, Manaces, Springfield, Lexington. Ganley, Cheat Mountain our praise is only insult if we assert that it was only a three of cowards whom they defeated. Whilst it is obvious to every one that the Yankees are not as military a people as the people of the South--and we do not believe, with the exception of the French, there is each a nation of soldiers anywhere on the face of the earth as the Southern people — whilst their conduct at every other particular of this war has been a as rascally as in well could be — yet it is idle to
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, which returned home, and then they stampeded themselves, making very good Ball Run times. They saw no more of the Yankees, who cleared out with their plunger. The rogues came from Summersville, in Nicholas county, and returned in that direction. Their depredations were committed in the valley of the Meadow river, on the estates of Messrs. Macfarland, Cralle, and Cabell. They took two negroes from Mr. Macfarland, but they escaped and returned home. There are various reports as to the number of Yankees in the Kanawha Valley. But up to the close of last week it was pretty well ascertained that there were none between Summersville, and the mouth of Ganley, and Lewisburg. But the country undefended must be exposed to incursions such as that which occasioned no much excitement three weeks ago. We suppose they will not be allowed to go on in this manner. Indeed some steps have been taken and we trust others will succeed that will put our Western affairs in a better train.
his forces, after having routed the enemy, entered the town or Charleston, Kanawha county. The enemy evaluated the town during the morning, burning all then stores and a large portion of the town. They retreated hastily in the direction of the Ohio river, but hopes were entertained that their retreat would be intercepted, as Gen. Jenkins was either between them and the Ohio, or, with a considerable force, threatening their flank. The capture of Charleston places the salt works of Kanawha in our possession. The following is an exact copy of the dispatch. above alluded to: Charleston, Kanawha Co., Va., September 13th, 1862. Hon. G. W. Randolph: After incessant skirmishing from Ganley down, we took this place at 3 o'clock P. M. The enemy six regiments strong, made stout resistance, burning their stores and most of this town in their retreat. Our loss slight — the enemy's heavy. He is in full retreat — Jenkins in his rear. W. W. Loring, Major-Gen'l Comd'g
ores, wagons, ambulances, and some one hundred prisoners, to fall into our hands. We pressed upon them, pouring volley after volley into their retreating column as they "double-quicked" over Cotton Hill. Arriving at Gauley Bridge they scattered in the wildest confusion, burnt their splendid wire bridge, fired their immense depots, containing every description of stores and supplies, but leaving hundreds of tents, ambulances, and about 700 excellent wagons, &c., to fall into our hands. Ganley is the Gibraltar to Northwestern Virginia, and overlooks the great Valley of Kanawha, with her inexhaustible treasure of salt, grain, &c, which is indispensable to the Confederacy, and should be held at any cost. The enemy continued to retreat until we neared Charleston, where they again made a stand — having formed a junction with all their Valley forces, said to number 5,000 men; but we moved fearlessly upon their black columns as they stretched across the broad bottoms of the Kanawha, an