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The President read them all, and then passed them to Mr. Blair, who filed them carefully away. Skirmish in the Kanawha. The Ohio State Journal, of Monday, says: By a special dispatch from General Cox to Governor Dennison, from Gauley Bridge via Gallipolis, dated the 17th, we learn that our advanced guard, the 11th Regiment, had a skirmish with the enemy's outposts near Big Sewell mountain, 23 miles in advance of Gauley Bridge, the day before, in which five of the rebels were kilGauley Bridge, the day before, in which five of the rebels were killed and several wounded. Our men had three slightly wounded. Nova Scotia vessels Trading with the South. The Boston Post, of the 12th inst., says: Several vessels from Nova Scotia have recently been doing a good business at the South, and it is said others are there making arrangements to secure a share of the profits to be realized on ice, &c., by running the blockade.--At St. John, New Brunswick, also, we learn that the sympathies of the people are largely in favor of the Sec
ent during the last two weeks, out of drab India silk, very strong and costly — about six hundred dollars--and the only case of the kind in the country. The whole cost of this ærial carriage for reconnoitering purposes, we are told, is about $1,200. From Western Virginia. We copy the following special dispatch from the Baltimore Exchange of the 28d: A gentleman, lately arrived from Western Virginia, brings the intelligence that General Lee was about eight miles north of Gauley Bridge, with a force of 37,000 men, and that men were flocking to him. He reports Gen. Wise as being eight miles off, with 9,000 men, and Gen. Loring as being seven miles off, with about 8,000 men in another direction. Mr. Jenkins, member of Congress, is raising a brigade to join Gen. Lee, and the Southern feeling is getting daily stronger, as high up as Parkersburg. Rosencranz was at Clarksburg on Monday last, and was very uneasy about his position. At Martinsburg, the Virginia
had once defeated already, and against whom, though largely our superior in numbers, we entertained no doubt of victory in the final conflict. But we yielded to the pressure of a stern military necessity, and to prevent our being cut off at Gauley Bridge by a large detachment or McClellan's army, rapidly advancing from Weston, by Bulltown, Birch Mountain, Sutton and Summersville, to Gauley. The disastrous defeat of the Northwestern army and the death, or General Garnett left the enemy free tail captured, between Sutton and Summersville, by Colonel Croghan, of the Legion. For instance, the Cincinnati Gazette uses the following "official" language: "We have official advices this morning that Gen. Cox has taken possession of Gauley Bridge, Wise having retreated in haste, leaving behind him one thousand muskets, and other traps. We had supposed that the force marched to Bulltown from Beverly was intended to out off the retreat of Wise; but if so, this piece of 'strategy' has p
ne of their crack officers. It has for a long time been prowling through all this country, holding it in complete subjection. Tyler it was who boasted that he would march to Lewisburg at all hazards, and would catch Floyd and Wise and feed them on beans. It has now been defeated, routed and disgraced, with all its prestige gone. the people in this section have confidence in our strength again, and will rally to our standard at once. I think, too, the rout will alarm Gen. Cox, at Gauley Bridge, and I should not be surprised if he beat a hasty retreat to the Ohio river. Gen Floyd's advance to this side of Gauley, with nothing but a single ferry-boat in the rear to command a retreat over a dangerous stream, was considered rash by some, but rashness is sometimes prudence, and it has proven eminently so in this instance. we hold a position here from which four times our number cannot dislodge us, and are prepared at any favorable moment to make a rapid advance movement.
f Fort Lafayette. Movements of Gen. Rosencranz--a Variety of reports from Washington. The subjoined paragraphs are from the Washington Star of Wednesday evening last: This morning the Government received a telegram from General Rosencranz, embracing information that he was then, with a considerable portion of his command, at a point half-way between Bulltown and Flatwoods, on his way to attack Wise and Floyd, or either of them who might be in the vicinity of Summerville or Gauley bridge. He started from Clarksburg (his headquarters) upon this expedition, leaving an ample force to protect the Cheat Mountain pass, in Lee's front. By this time he has doubtless joined General Cox, and the thus increased Union force is probably up with the enemy, if the latter has not executed another of Wise's favorite and famous "thorough-bred" movements (to the rear.) Yesterday afternoon, between 6 and 7 o'clock, Beauregard threw a considerable force within three-fourths of a m
rom Wise's Legion, in a letter dated Hawk's Nest, September 5. On the Sunday previous, at an early hour, General Wise marched, in obedience to orders, in the direction of General Floyd's camp, ten miles north of Hawk's Nest. When very near the camp of General E., he was ordered to countermarch, which he promptly obeyed. On Monday morning, the main body of General Wise's command advanced upon the enemy, who were found strongly entrenched in the gorge of a mountain some four miles from Gauley Bridge. General Wise led the advance guard, and, on receiving their fire, charged upon the cowardly miscreants as they took to their heels and fled from the shots of our gallant boys. Two of our men were slightly wounded. As it was dark, we could not tell what the result was on the enemy's side. Our correspondent continues. The Legion except upon their arms on Monday night. Early, on Tuesday a 12-pounder howitzer was seut forward to an eligible position in range of the enemy's advanced
The Daily Dispatch: September 12, 1861., [Electronic resource], From wise's Legion — position of the enemy — an Ambuscade, &c. (search)
, September 5th, 1861. Our forces are now stationed at two different places. The larger portion is encamped near the Hawk's Nest, on New river, and the remainder is at Dogwood Gap, which has been fortified; and being originally a very strong place, is now rendered doubly so. This place is about four miles in the rear of the main camp, and very convenient to fall back upon should necessity require it. The enemy are in pretty strong force between Hawk's Nest and the place where Gauley Bridge formerly stood, and are fortifying all along the road to that place. It will take a good force and hard fighting to dislodge them if they are disposed to stand and can fight, though they have done some very poor fighting lately. Several days ago, our cavalry were led into an ambush of the enemy. They were concealed in large numbers in the woods, and on both side of the road, behind the fences. At the signal, they showed themselves, and poured a hot fire into the cavalry, who of c
, but it was impossible for them to reach us in time to support us. At 10 o'clock last night, therefore, our forces proceeded to retire from the position they had so heroically defended during the day, and by light this morning they were all safely and in order across the river, with all their baggage, &c., except some few things which were lost from neglect and want of transportation. We are now pitching our tents at this place, on the main Charleston road, about 15 miles from Gauley Bridge, and 55 miles west of Lewisburg. Gen. Wise is encamped at Dogwood Gap, a few miles above us, while a portion of his force holds the Hawk's Nest below us. I think the public and all military men will agree that both our fight and our fall back to this side of the river are among the most remarkable incidents in the history of war. --Seventeen hundred men, with six inferior pieces of artillery, fought back four times their number, with much superior artillery, for more than four
first fire — while his own was almost nothing. He did not explain why, after winning such a victory, he retreated. Wise is down southeast of Hawk's Nest letting Cox alone severely. McCook took several prisoners yesterday, in an armed reconnaissance across the river. Most of our wounded are doing very well. [second Dispatch.] Camp Scott, Va., Sept. 15. --General Cox is here to-day for an interview with Gen. Rosencranz. He moved the main body of his army from Gauley Bridge towards Lewisburg. Wise and Floyd are both retreating as fast as possible. Gen. Schenck is at Grafton, pushing along matters finely for active movements. Several regular officers are ordered to report immediately to headquarters. If the people of Ohio wish to see the campaign in Western Virginia still more successful, let them hurry forward troops immediately by thousands. They can never be more serviceable than just now. [Third Dispatch.] Elkwater, Va., September 16.
n the Saturday and Sunday roads, and about ten miles from Camp Gauley. On Thursday, intelligence reached us that the enemy was crossing the Gauley at Hughes's Ferry, with a view of cutting us off by the Wilderness road, at Meadow Bluff, sixteen miles this side of Lewisburg. We at once moved back to this point, so as to place ourselves in striking distance of the enemy, should be appear in that quarter, and at the same time to hold the strongest and most defensible position this side of Gauley Bridge, on the line of Cox's advance. If we are attacked here with as many as ten thousand men, I think we can defeat them, and we are anxiously anticipating a fight in a few days. The writer urges the great importance of the Government sending forward men and provisions immediately. Speech of Gen. D. H. Hill. On Gen. Hill's return to Yorktown, after a protracted sickness, the 1st North Carolina regiment greeted him with much warmth, and called on him for a speech, the conclusion
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