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in tended shortly on the north side. The heaviest mortar shelling of the siege occurred on Tuesday night. It continued several hours. It appears that our mortar shelling is much more precise than that of the enemy, our shells frequently falling into their trenches. From the Valley. Passengers by last night's Central train state that the enemy were, at last accounts, at the old battle ground of Fisher's Hill, Still retreating towards Winchester. Our less in the affair at Edinburg is stated to have been between three and four hundred. It is also stated that we have since recaptured all of our artillery with the exception of three pieces. It appears that Sheridan has smuggled through an official dispatch to Washington, swelling this affair into tremendous proportions, and boasting of having captured the headquarter wagons of every cavalry officer, general and regimental, in the Valley. From Georgia. Sherman has at last arrived and taken command of h
guished himself. Several of the lower class of citizens from Harrisonburg and vicinity migrated with the Yankees, together with most of the free negroes in the Valley. Good citizens rejoice at their departure. I am very sorry to have to announce another disastrous affairs in the Valley: Yesterday, by some inexcusable oversight, our cavalry was moved twenty miles beyond the place where the whole force of infantry was encamped. The wagon camp of the cavalry, too, was near Edinburg, thirteen miles beyond our camp. Our cavalry met with the enemy both on the pike and on the back road. They drove their cavalry back for some distance, until, somewhere in the vicinity of Woodstock, they met their infantry, who proving too hard for them, they were compelled to fall back. Their cavalry taking advantage of this, made a furious charge upon our column, which caused them to break and run. This proved quite a disastrous affair to us; eleven guns of Breathed's battalio