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as they should have done, we could have killed and captured hundreds of their fleeing forces; but instead of this we imagined that they had a force of 20,000 and continued our retreat on to Abingdon. The skirmish took place at or near Col. John Preston's. From there to this place they tore up the railroad and burnt every bridge, some six or seven in number, most of which are small ones and can be rebuilt in a few weeks. We learn from Mr. Minor, the agent of the road at this place, that t Banghman's Ford, and captured four of their number, killing some three, also-- then made his escape by cutting his way through them with his sabre. Cols. Bottles's and Witcher's commands have captured, since the retreat of the enemy from Col. Preston's, six miles above here, some 40 or 50 of the invaders. Among them we may mention one of the murderers of Lieut. Tipton, one deserter from the 24th Virginia regiment, and one young man that had enlisted under their banner from near this place