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The Daily Dispatch: January 2, 1863., [Electronic resource] 1 1 Browse Search
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The Daily Dispatch: January 2, 1863., [Electronic resource], The capture of steamers by the Virginia State Line. (search)
on, with detachments of the 1st, 2d, and 3d regiments V. S. L., proceeded in the direction of Prestonsburg, Ky. Bright and early the following morning we found the boats five miles below that town, and attended by a guard of upwards of 300 men. The proper disposition of the troops was speedily made, and the battle opened fiercely. The enemy, after holding their ground for two hours, were completely routed and dispersed with the loss in killed of 20 of their number, among whom was Lieut. Colonel Levi Hampton, and 30 or 40 prisoners. The men, already elated by their victories, were still more jubilant on discovering that their capture consisted of nine boats, (60 feet long each,) containing 500 Austrian rifles, with large supplies of ammunition; but what pleased their fancy more than all besides were 500 overcoats, 500 jackets, 500 pairs of drawers, 500 pairs splendid army shoes, 3,000 pairs yarn socks, 500 thick shirts, 500 pairs pants, 800 good army hats, and hundreds of heavy bl