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isoners and killed five. The first skirmish occurred on the turnpike, some three or four miles below here, and resulted in our killing two and taking two prisoners--both Germans. After this little affair, Col. Croghan ventured too far in pursuit, and, near the Hawk's Nest, fell into an ambush, and had four of Capt. Buchanan's Company (Floyd Brigade) severely wounded--one supposed mortally. The enemy's shooting was extremely bad. We picked up rifled-cannon ball enough from the field of Scary to fire thirty rounds; when occasion presents, we will return them with our compliments. A word in regard to the accounts of Northern correspondents, reproduced in Southern papers, as to the losses in military stores and "traps" incurred on our retreat. They were considerable, owing to two unfortunate accidents, to which I merely refer, without taking time to explain. The steamboat Julia Maffitt, owing to the too great eagerness of Col. Patton's command to engage the enemy, and their