our lines — thereby depleting the producing class of the rebel Confederacy of just so many ablebodied men.
As before stated, the command left Stevensburgh Sunday evening, and moved toward Ely's Ford. Forty men, under the immediate command of Mr. Hogan--a well-known scout — had the advance.
The first of the enemy were met within one mile of the ford — a picket, to give notice should any thing like an enemy approach.
This picket, composed of four men, by a little strategy, was gobbled, with their horses and accoutrements, without firing a shot or doing any thing to alarm the reserve on the other side of the river — a force consisting of thirteen men, one captain, one.
lieutenant, and eleven privates.
Hogan and his party gained the opposite bank, and the night being cloudy, succeeded in enveloping the reserve before they discovered his presence, and captured all but three.
From these prisoners the important fact was ascertained that nothing whatever was known by the rebel autho