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ey fled to their gunboats for protection and there they will stay, unless they go to Memphis, or come here. If the latter, Beauregard will recover Tennessee and step at once into Kentucky on his way to Ohio. It was rumored yesterday that General Heth had given the enemy a sound drubbing near Giles Court-House, and captured all his commissary stores, &c. The report was repeated to us as coming from the War Office. No doubt, before this paper goes to press, the truth will be known, and reported in our news columns. We have not the least doubt, it General Heth has met the enemy, he has beaten them, for we have great confidence in his abilities, which will be sure to make them selves known and fell whenever an opportunity is afforded him. For further information with regard to war matters, we must refer the reader to our regular war column. We have thrown together in a short compass the incidents above recorded, that our readers may see from inspecting the whole field at a si
are chronicle the fact from well au reports. It is understood that back was destroyed, and such ma the Navy Yard as could not be re the same fate. The report is of the enemy marched the city yesterday morning. last evening, a rumor prevailed that a engagement came off yesterday near monkey river, to the county of New. The late hour at which we received more prevented us from tracing its Further than this we have nothing the army of Gen. Johnston. under the proper heads will the reader of affairs in the South regard has made another dash at enemy, and obtained an advantage over Affairs in that direction are quite not encouraging. in the day yesterday it was stated and believed, that a brilliant had been place at Giles Court House, Southwestern Virginia, in which the enemy there completely routed by our forces un Gen Heth. This information was to be in possession of the War Department but upon application at that office we it to be incorrect.
The West. The news from the West shows that the Yankee hordes are pressing onward from beyond the Alleghenies. Jackson has checked the column from the Northwest. Heth has stampeded what may be considered an advance force on the New river. But the column marching upon the Central road by way of the Kanawha Valley, has met with no obstruction. It is said to have reached Jackson's river depot; but we doubt the statement. If it be so, the sudden appearance of the enemy there, will somewhat after Gen. Jackson's plans. If he undertakes to look after that advance, we believe he will act with sufficient celerity to frustrate the invasion by that route. Now, it is of the extremest importance that Floyd should be in the field with that force which confides in him. He has the energy and boldness to meet the exigencies of mountain campaigning. One thing is certain; and that is that the enemy is displaying a great deal of energy and rapidity in his movements in Virginia. To meet him,
the citizens prisoners, robbed them of their negroes and other property, searched their house, private and public, desecrated the churches, and committed other outrages. On Saturday morning, near two thousand of our forces, under command of Gen Heth, moved upon the town from the direction of Dablin, whereupon the enemy, supposed to be about two thousand strong, appeared in line of battle, about half a mile Southeast of the town, when our artillery opened fire upon them. The enemy firedf action. Of this engagement nothing has since been heard. The Confederates had a good position and felt confident of being able to repel and vanquish the invaders. The Confederates released from jail the citizens whom the vandals had arrested and had not previously released. Later. By passengers which arrived here Tuesday we learn that the enemy renewed the attack early Sabbath morning, and that Gen. Heth again put them to flight, capturing a quantity of arms, ammunition, &c.
The Daily Dispatch: May 26, 1862., [Electronic resource], The Campaign in Southwestern Virginia. (search)
on. The very newspapers of Richmond have teemed with such censures upon Colonel Jennifer. Now, let the facts, as they have subsequently transpired, come to his vindication. The Government fortunately did heel Col Jennifer's "alarms," and sent Gen Heth, with several thousand men, to his assistance. Did they find there was nothing for them to do when they came? The enemy had already penetrated to Giles C. H., and Gen Heth's forces come not an hour too soon. They drove the Yankee advanced guailes C. H., and Gen Heth's forces come not an hour too soon. They drove the Yankee advanced guard from that point five or six miles, and since that time have found themselves confronted by a force of the enemy greater than our own, and this is now supposed to be but half the force with which the enemy marched upon Mercer C. H., the remainder being at the latter place So much for Col. Jennser's "alarms," and the censures upon him for not keeping back this force with one regiment of cavalry. G.
of the battalion there posted. Gen Finnegan's brigade, of Mahone's division, and the Maryland battalion, of Breckenridge's command, immediately drove the enemy out with severe loss. Repeated attacks were made upon Gen Anderson's position, chiefly against his right, under Gen. Kershaw. They were met with great steadiness, and repulsed in every instance. The attack extended to our extreme left, under Gen Early, with like results. Later in the day it was twice renewed against Gen Heth, who occupied Early's left, but was repulsed with loss. Gen. Hampton encountered the enemy's cavalry near Hawes's shop, and a part of Gen Wm. H. F. Lee's division drove them from their entrenchments. Our loss to-day has been small, and our success, under the blessing of God, all that we could expect. Respectfully, R. E. Lee, General. In the above dispatch Gen. Lee makes invariable mention of a gallant command to whom proper credit has not heretofore been given — the