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aurel Hill Camp, Barbour co, Va., June 30, 1861. I shall attempt to give your readers a short article from this encampment, which may be of interest to some of them, as we have many Eastern troops among us. The enemy is still holding Phillippi, with a force of about 8,000. The scouting parties of the two forces frequently meet upon the Fairmont and Beverly Turnpike, and several small fights have come off, our party always getting the better of the scrimmages, and have captured some and is seven miles from Beverly, on the Staunton and Parkersburg turnpike.-- Col. Heek is an energetic officer, and his descent upon Buchanan may be productive of some good. Buchanan has been in possession of the enemy, but they fell back upon Phillippi upon the advance of Col. Heck. The troops at our encampment (Laurel Hill) are enjoying excellent health. Only two deaths have occurred in the regiment, who have no tents, but have erected comfortable huts of bark and rails, and all of us
ments now in progress in Western Virginia will remember that the Confederate force has mainly concentrated at Bealington and Laurel Hill, thirteen miles south of Phillippi, on the main road leading through Beverly, Huttonville, the Cheat Mountain Gap, and thence on through the heart of Virginia to Staunton, and the beginning of direhind them men enough to garrison the towns and keep their communications open. The Federal forces, on the other hand, are concentrating at two main points, Phillippi and Clarksburg. When I tell you that, with the exception of the troops absolutely needed to guard the road and hold Grafton, and of one regiment stationed at Cheat river, all the troops in Western Virginia have gone to Phillippi or Clarksburg, you will have little difficulty in comprehending the contemplated movements. In addition to this I may only add that the column from Clarksburg commenced moving yesterday, June 26. A correspondent of the same journal, writing from Clarksburg,