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he brigade arrived at Hillsborough, a village three miles from the top of the mountain, Keeper's battery was sent to the left, supported by the Fourteenth Pennsylvania; while the Tenth Virginia, Colonel Harris, and the Twenty-eighth Ohio, Colonel Moore, (German regiment,) were sent to the right, to endeavor to turn the rebel position. Next to the Twenty-eighth was the Third Virginia, Lieutenant-Colonel Thompson; then the Second Virginia, Lieutenant-Colonel Scott; and the Eighth Virginia, Colonel Oley. These were all old veterans, that had been trained in the valley and Eastern Virginia, under Milroy, Cluseret, and Bohlen. The skirmishers moved off in splendid style, with the supporting line close behind them, and in a very short time the firing became brisk and animated, and right gallantly did the regiments on the right perform their part, as they swept around the westward of the two mountains, while the regiments in the front moved more slowly; but it was a steady, onward movement
an angle of sixty degrees, under the same withering fire. At the crest of the bridge the men rushed forward over the enemy's breastworks, the enemy bravely remaining and contesting every inch, the artillery men attempting to retreat when our line was within ten paces. Heaps of their dead lay behind their works, mostly shot in the head. Finally the enemy wavered and gave way before the impetuosity of our men, who followed them as fast as their jaded and worn-out condition would permit. Colonel Oley, with his four hundred cavalry men from different regiments, and horses — almost broken down — was ordered in pursuit, and did all that could be possibly done under such circumstances. Had I but one thousand effective cavalry, says General Crook, none of the enemy could have escaped. Two pieces of artillery and a great number of small arms were captured on the field. Moving on toward Dublin, we encountered some five hundred or one thousand of Morgan's men, who had just arrived on the c
irst brigade, Col. Rutherford B. Hayes, four regiments, including Tomlinson's and Brown's West Virginian; Second brigade, Col. Carr B. White, four regiments, including Duval's and Johnson's West Virginian; Third brigade, Col. H. G. Sickel, four regiments including Frost's and Morris' West Virginian. First cavalry division, Maj.-Gen. Julius Stahel, 7,600 men: brigades of Tibbits and Wynkoop. Second cavalry division, Brig.-Gen. W. W. Averell, 5,000 men: brigades of Duffiee, Schoonmaker and Oley. These active forces numbered 20,000 present for duty. Besides there was the reserve division, over 16,000 men present, under command of Brig.-Gen. Max Weber from Monocacy to Sleepy creek, and under Brigadier-General Kelley west of Sleepy creek. The destruction of the saltpeter works of the Confederate army was a constant aim of the Federal troops, and an expedition .for this purpose started out from Burlington late in February and destroyed the works at Franklin. The detachment guar
Oley's Battery. --This company is nearly filled up with first rate material. It will be seen by reference to the advertisement, that a few more men can be received.
The Daily Dispatch: April 22, 1864., [Electronic resource], Capture of Plymouth, N. C.--Twenty-five hundred prisoners and thirty pieces of artillery taken. (search)
50 Dollars reward --Ranaway, on the 21st inst, my servant woman, named Anna of medium height, made, about 25 years old. She was bought from Mr. Oley, in Richmond. She is a dark ginger bread color, walks a little stooped. When left she wore a green worsted bonnet, quilted; a blank and white bemespun dress, red and green worded shawl, and a pair of men's laced up shoes. I will give the above reward for the arrest and return of her to me in Richmond. John McDONOUGH, No. 10, 14th st, Between Main and Cary. no 22--3t*
eral B. F. Kelley, including the post of Wheeling, West Virginia, will form the Second infantry division. The troops stationed on the line of the Baltimore and Ohio railroad, commanded by Brigadier-General J. D. Stevenson, will constitute the Third infantry division. The batteries commanded by Captain II. A. Dupont, Fifth United States artillery, and such others as may be assigned, will form the artillery brigade. The troops in the Kanawha valley, commanded by Colonel John II. Oley, Seventh West Virginia cavalry, will form the First separate brigade. Division commanders will at once form proper brigade organizations. By command of Major-General Crook. Robert P. Kennedy, Assistant Adjutant-General. Attempted escape of Confederates from Johnson's island. The Sandusky (Ohio) Register of Wednesday says: About one o'clock yesterday morning, by a preconcerted arrangement, a rush was made by twenty-four prisoners upon the centre of the guard line, on