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The Daily Dispatch: October 12, 1861., [Electronic resource], Another account of the battle on Greenbrier River. (search)
five 6-pounders, including one rifle piece, was immediately opened upon those of the enemy, eight in number, including one 12-pound howitzer. For six mortal, rather immortal, long hours these terrible engines of war replied to each other so furiously as to drown effectually the continuous rattling of musketry, Capt. James Deshler, temporarily in command of a detachment of Capt. P. B. Anderson's (Lee) battery, proved himself an excellent marksman.--Capt. Shumaker, and the accomplished, brave Massey, rendered service, also, of the greatest importance. The tried old veteran, Capt. Anderson, had two pieces, supported by Capt. Sam. Reid, in what our best engineers considered the most important position; but, owing to the fine disposition of our infantry, was not in action at all. The old Captain, also Capt. Sam., regretted their disposition extremely, and were only aggravated by bursting shells and whistling balls that they could not reply to. At 11½ o'clock three regiments were ordered t