y, defeating an advanced post, and taking a couple of guns.
I had a position ready for twelve guns near the main camp, and as guns were moving up, I ascertained that the enemy had retreated.
I am now pushing on to Beverly, a part of Colonel Rosecrans's troops being now within three miles of it.
Our success is complete, and almost bloodless.
I doubt whether Wise and Johnson will unite and overpower me. The behavior of the troops in the action and toward the prisoners was admirable. G. B. McClellan, Major-Gen. Commanding.
Statement of David L. Hart.
Clarksburg, Va., June 16, 1861.
The following is the statement of Mr. David L. Hart, the guide to General Rosecrans' column at the battle, which was fought on his father's farm:
I was with General Rosecrans as guide at the battle of Rich Mountain.
The enemy--four thousand strong — were strongly intrenched at the foot of the mountain on the west side.
They had rolled whole trees from the mountain side and lapped them to