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The Daily Dispatch: December 16, 1861., [Electronic resource], Federal relations with foreign Powers. (search)
ted to the command of the regiment on Saturday last. Col. Jackson is now a Richmond. The enemy left eighty dead on the field, said their loss in killed and wounded is believed to be very heavy. It was a desperate fight, and a dearly bought victory. Col. Edward Johnston, under whose command the battle was fought, is a native of Chesterfield county, Va. He was an officer in the old U. S. army, and distinguished himself in Mexico. After his resignation, he returned to Virginia, and was assigned to the command of the 12th Georgia regiment, in Loring's division, a portion of which had been lately transferred to another point leaving Col. Johnston the senior officer of the post. This force, at Camp Alleghany, expected orders to move eastward, when the enemy came out from the stronghold on Cheat Mountain and made the attack, anticipating an easy victory, but returned discompared and beaten. We are indebted to gentlemen from Western Virginia for the foregoing particulars.