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Maine, and Thirty-fourth Iowa infantry, and battery F, First Missouri artillery) from Aransas Pass, eight miles up St. Joseph Island, and encamped at a ranch for the night. Moved on the next morning, and reached Cedar Bayou about noon, twenty-third ultimo, when my advance-guard of mounted infantry, under command of Captain C. S. Ilsley, Fifteenth Maine, had a slight skirmish with a scouting-party of the enemy, in which Major Charles Hill, commanding the rebel party, was killed, and Sergeant James Sanders, company F, Fifteenth Maine, was slightly wounded. I halted at this place, and commenced the construction of a ferry across Cedar Bayou. On the twenty-fifth ultimo, I ferried my command across Cedar Bayou, and encamped about seven miles up Matagorda Island, where I was joined by Colonel Washburn's brigade about midnight. On the twenty-sixth, I marched my command about twenty miles up the island, and encamped at a ranch about ten miles from this point. On the morning of the tw
rate dash of Forrest and Wheeler's cavalry upon General Sanders, on Saturday, and their approach to within two n they were in line of battle, and skirmishing with Sanders till dark. Colonel Adams, with the First Kentucky g already with their lines on the Lenoir road. General Sanders, with the One Hundred and Twelfth Illinois, Forour brave boys. To have belonged to the command of Sanders during this day's fight will be fame enough for one. Heavy skirmishing commenced along our left. General Sanders, with part of Wolford's brigade of his division into the hospital. Nothing was sacred or secure. Sanders was ubiquitous; his gallantry and daring became infumbers. And here, at about four P. M., the gallant Sanders fell, it is thought mortally wounded. Courage and ontest, have suffered more than we. The loss of General Sanders is a sad blow to his new command, who were muchvery severe. Thursday, November 19.--Alas! poor Sanders is gone. The saddest episode of the campaign was h
Pennsylvania) were sent to his support. The rebels were now plainly visible scouring through the distant woods and fields, evidently determined on disputing our advance to Union, which General Pleasanton had been ordered to occupy at all hazards, and the possession of which was necessary to the successful carrying out of General McClellan's programme. About half-past 2 our cavalry began to fall back, owing to the superiority of the enemy, and a courier was sent to the Sixth regulars, Captain Sanders, which was stationed three miles back on the road, ordering them to come up on the gallop, which they did. Reinforcements consisting of a battery and Doubleday's old brigade of infantry were also hurried forward from Burnside's encampment at Purcellsville, whither he had moved up his forces in the course of the day. As our men fell back, the rebel cavalry followed until within range of our guns, when they were brought to a halt by the most splendid artillery firing of the war. The re
guns were planted. As our cavalry came in sight the enemy opened on them. General Pleasanton, at the head of the column, speedily made his dispositions for the fight. Colonel Gregg, with the Eighth Pennsylvania, and the Sixth regulars, Captain Sanders commanding, were sent away to the left. Colonel Davis, of the Eighth New-York, went to the right, and Colonel Farnsworth, with the Third Illinois, and the Third Indiana, Major Chapman commanding, operated on the centre. Pennington's batterwounded; one has since died from the effects of a fearful sabre-cut in the head. Colonel Davis had his own horse shot. While this brilliant cavalry encounter was taking place on the right, Colonel Gregg, with the Eighth Pennsylvania, and Captain Sanders, with the Sixth regulars, were briskly engaged with the enemy on the left, and Colonel Farnsworth, with the Eighth Illinois, charged down the Warrenton road on a body of rebel cavalry beyond; but when he had proceeded a few hundred yards his
gro, one horse, saddle, bridle, pants, hats, and blankets. Next they went to the house of James Sanders, Jr., the First Sergeant of my company. They rushed into the house before he was warned sufficfrom under his pillow, and firing at the breast of Barnes, who, about the same time, fired upon Sanders, and at the same time ordered his comrades to fire. Four balls struck Sanders and he fell to tSanders and he fell to the floor. A fatal shot was now about to be made from a rifle, when Sanders's sister threw up the muzzle. They gathered his pistol, and immediately left. You readily imagine the scene — all transpiSanders's sister threw up the muzzle. They gathered his pistol, and immediately left. You readily imagine the scene — all transpiring in the room where were a sister, a wife, and two children. The villains next went one and a half miles to the house of David Kilgore, who went with them as a pilot. Thence they went two miles ay, but they were mistaken; the citizens commenced collecting immediately after the shooting of Sanders, and started on the track, volunteers gathering and joining us on the way, until we numbered ab
our camp, and rebel cavalry were moving down the hills, and in large bodies rapidly approaching us from all directions. A flag of truce was sent out from our lines, the firing ceased, and our forces were surrendered. Our loss was three wounded in the engagement. The enemy, to my knowledge, had one killed and five wounded. The enemy's force consisted of three brigades, commanded by Generals Forrest, Armstrong, and Stearns, and a battalion of Independent Scouts, under the command of Major Sanders, numbering in all not less than five thousand men. An attempt was made to give notice of the attack at Franklin or Nashville, but the wires had been cut. Colonel Bloodgood had no reasons to expect assistance from either point, and he had nothing to do with the surrender at the bridge, though your correspondent says he surrendered that post without firing a gun. That point was subsequently surrendered, but only when there remained no possibility of successful resistance. Perhaps som
ard to reconnoitre. A body of Scott's and Ashby's rebel cavalry were here detected in a flank movement on Wolford. Colonel Sanders hastened to reinforce, and after a short, sharp, and decisive conflict, captured sixty prisoners, and put them to rot to turn at bay in very desperation, when additional reenforcements of four companies of the Seventh cavalry, under Colonel Sanders, appeared dashing along at their left. This completed their consternation and utter discomfiture. They again brokemberland about twenty miles above Somerset, others at Mill Springs. Those who passed through Somerset were pursued by Col. Sanders, and the Colonel fired his last shot through the rearmost rebel's head and abandoned the chase within two miles of towad fled for safety and concealment, and when they found themselves surrounded by conflicting armies after the arrival of Sanders, their terror and piteous shrieks may be imagined but not described. It was ludicrous, even amid the terrible realities
Post-office affairs. --Maryland and Virginia--At Galena, Kent co, Md. William W. Wood is appointed postmaster, vice Samuel E. Briscoe, removed. James Sanders, postmaster at Maidsville, Monongalia county, Va., vice Wm. H Lazzell, removed. David Fisher, postmaster at Upper Flats, Marion county, Va., vice Joseph A. Roush, removed. Solomon S. Wagner, postmaster at Jake's Run, Monongalia county, Va., vice Richard D. Tennant, removed. The office at Centre, Monongalia co, Va., is re- established, and Benjamin McCurdy appointed post master. Offices Discontinued.--Benton's Ferry, Marion county, and Miracle Run, Monongalia county, Va.
unless repulsed by the enemy. Burnside's Rhode Island Battery is confidently expected to-night or early to-morrow. It is reported that some regiments from Col. Stone's column will join this column to- morrow. In order to lesson the size of the column, only five wagons instead of eleven are to be allowed to each regiment. Ten days rations are to be taken in bulk. The Stars and Stripes were hoisted on a tree on the Virginia side of the river to day by a Marylander by the name of Sanders, in full view of the Confederate pickets. They did not fire upon him. Col. Jackson, with his force, lies back some distance, at Hekes' Run, three miles this side of Martinsburg, with about 3,000 men. The enemy were observed busily engaged in erecting breastworks immediately back of the heights, opposite Major Doubleday's battery, late this afternoon. It is thought they design putting guns in position to obstruct the march of the Federal troops. Some fifty shots were exchanged t