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least 300 horses, and endured as much misery as could well be crowded into a profitless raid of eight days. Gen. W. W. Averill, setting forth from Huttonsville, Randolph county, moved (down the line dividing West from old Virginia, pushing back the small Rebel forces in that quarter under Col. W. S. [ Mudwall ] Jackson, and menacing an advance on Staunton. At length, when near Lewisburg and White Sulphur Springs, he was met Aug. 26. by a force about equal to his own, under Maj.-Gen Sam. Jones, but more immediately commanded by Col. Geo. S. Patton, who had chosen a strong position in a gorge between steep mountains that precluded flanking, where a spirited fight was maintained throughout the day, and till noon of the next; when Averill drew off, short of ammunition, leaving one disabled gun. He had calculated on help from Gen. Scammon, commanding on the Kanawha, which did not reach him. Our total loss here was 207; Patton reports his at 156, and says lie took 117 prisoners. He