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Correspondence of the Richmond Dispatch.the Fire of patriotism Spreading. Appomattox, May 14, 1861 The bright prospect for a "brush" seems to give new life to our people, who, with renewed energy, are preparing with rapid strides to meet the Illinois baboon and his co-workers of iniquity on the borders of our once happy old State, to welcome them with "bloody hands to hospitable graves." The tocsin of alarm has been sounded from the lottiest peak of Rich Mountain, and a continual reverberation is heard even down in the deepest recesses of "Buck Hollow." Already four regularly well drilled companies have been organized in this county, composed of as gallant spirits as ever shouldered a musket under command of the best disciplined officers, most of whom are graduates of the Virginia Military Institute. The County Court of Buckingham on yesterday made an appropriation of $20,000 to equip her soldiers to help in the good cause — May the God of Battles hover over and protect
God the people of Western Virginia would wage a guerilla warfare against this dastardly and savage foe. Every abolitionist should be made to feel the vengeance of an outraged people. On Saturday last, Col. Reck, commanding the forces at Rich Mountain, entered the town of Buchanan, in Upshur county, with 500 men, seized upon some provisions which the traitorous "Union" knaves had gathered for the enemy, and captured two of the most villainous of the traitors. They will be sent to Staunton for trial as traitors to the State. Rich Mountain encampment is a range of Laurel Hill, and is seven miles from Beverly, on the Staunton and Parkersburg turnpike.-- Col. Heek is an energetic officer, and his descent upon Buchanan may be productive of some good. Buchanan has been in possession of the enemy, but they fell back upon Phillippi upon the advance of Col. Heck. The troops at our encampment (Laurel Hill) are enjoying excellent health. Only two deaths have occurred in the regime
Fight at Rich Mountain. This community, the State, and the entire South, feel an intense interest in the details and the result of the conflict which occurred in the neighborhood of the Rich Mountain on Thursday last, and we regret that we have not the means of gratifying them. Passengers who reached here from Staunton on Sunday and on yesterday state that the reports received there are vague, inconsistent, and every way unreliable, and they can only report the same unsatisfactor the Federal forces. Col. Scott has with his regiment 20 or 40 prisoners --Union men — who were arrested by the militia of that section of the country. Col. P was taken prisoner. It is thought the Hessians were 10,000 strong at Rich Mountain, and had a force from 18 to 25,000 at Laurel Hill. It is related as an incident of the battle that Capt. De Lanier, formerly of Petersburg, in command of an artillery company, after all his men had been killed, loaded and fired one of th
ncing a very serious disaster to the command of Gen. Garnett, and tending to confirm the telegraphic dispatch from Cincinnati, reporting the capture by Gen. McClellan of a thousand of our forces, several guns, and two hundred killed, including Gen. Garnett among the dead. This would argue a bloody fight and a desperate resistance on the part of our brave soldiers. If these tidings be true, the primary cause of this calamity to our forces would seem to have been a zig-zag march over Rich Mountain, in the night, by a few thousand of McClellan's command, by which Col. Pegram was taken in the rear and cut off from communication with Gen. Garnett, producing the misfortune that befell that gallant officer and leading to the others which overtook the rest of the command. Two to three thousand of our troops are conceded to have withdrawn in safety according to our accounts; while it is reported from Washington that they are again occupying Laurel Hill. It must not be supposed that
and can only obtain unsatisfactory reports. Some to whom we have applied, and who ought to know the facts, for they have reached here from the neighborhood of Rich Mountain, assure us that it was impossible to obtain anything reliable there; some assure us that Gen. Garnett was killed, and others positively state that there is not a word of truth in the statement. The same vexed, uncertain and unsatisfactory reports reach us in relation to the fight at Rich Mountain, and we are compelled to come to the conclusion that if anything reliable is known in regard to the recent fights, it is so much confused by unfounded rumors that it is impossible for us to determine what is true and what is false. A gentleman, a member of the Powhatan Rifles, engaged in the recent fight at Rich Mountain, states that only twenty of that corps escaped alive. Among those killed, attached to that company, was Lieutenant John Dorsett, formerly a Mail Agent on the Danville route. The following le
tral cars on Thursday night, could not appear in Friday's paper, as was intended: Staunton, July 18. To the Editors of the Dispdtch:--With N. C. Read, Esq., of your city, I telegraphed you to-day that this company was safe, though prisoners. As the relatives of its members are very much scattered, I take this method of informing them that I learn by a gentleman (more direct from Beverly) that they are there as prisoners, with about 500 others of the troops which were at Rich Mountain under Colonels Heck and Pegram. The retreat was made through the woods to the road leading from Beverly to Laurel Hill, with a view of joining Gen. Garnett; but finding that he had left, and the post was in the hands of the enemy, who also held Beverly, they had no alternative except to surrender, or undertake the hopeless task of pushing across Cheat Mountain, without provisions, or the means of getting them. They had then suffered very much by fatigue and fasting, and sent a flag of
Not true. --The report which has been circulated of the death of Mr. J. S. Dorsett is not true. He was in the engagement at Rich Mountain but escaped unharmed, arriving in this city on Thursday as an escort to the remains of Capt. Skipwith, of the Powhatan Rifles, who lost his life in the engagement which took place at the locality above named, on the 11th inst.
The Daily Dispatch: July 22, 1861.., [Electronic resource], The recent flag of truce from President Davis to Abraham Lincoln. (search)
women and non-combutants cannot be imitated even in retaliation. Their infamous petty practices of pig stealing and hen-roost robbing cannot be arrested; for it is repulsive to the instincts of a Southern soldier to meet petty theft by petty injuries as low and vile. Other modes of severity, less outrageous and less vile, however, can be adopted, and we trust that stern and complete satisfaction will be exacted through the prisoners that fall into our hands. The enemy has had his last Rich Mountain success. He will enjoy no more fortune of that sort. We shall capture from him many prisoners; and we shall, have it in our power to punish with inexorable rigor whatever enormities he may be guilty of in the future. We admire the firmness of tone with which President Davis has given Lincoln to understand his intentions in this regard. The occasion of the condemnation of our privateers in New York was admirably chosen for sending this admonition. If the cowardly Yankees shall da
lag of army into their borders, and raised the flag of rebellion against this Commonwealth. Braver and better men than these friends of the Southern cause in the Northwest cannot be found, nor are there any in the whole State whose loyalty and firmness have been put to as severe a test. In this connection, we may mention that none have rendered better service in the field than the faithful citizens of the Northwest, and that of these, the "Upshur Grays" and the "Hardy Blues" bore a leading and conspicuous part in the fight on Rich Mountain. Capt. Higginbotham and his Lieutenants behaved in the most gallant manner. Two of the Upshur men brought down with their unerring reifies the wretches who bayonetted Captain Dr Laniel after he had fallen. In justice to Randolph and Barbour, the scenes of the late unfortunate events, it ought to be stated that a large majority of their people testified by their vote on the Secession Ordinance their fidelity to the Southern cause.
Correspondence of the Richmond Dispatch.fight at Rich Mountain. Staunton, July 19, 1861. I will attempt to give you a description of the fight at Rich Mountain as far as I saw and participated in it. We were attacked about 12 o'clock, M. When the firing commenced I was at the camp cooking dinner for our company that were Rich Mountain as far as I saw and participated in it. We were attacked about 12 o'clock, M. When the firing commenced I was at the camp cooking dinner for our company that were in the trenches on the mountain. When I heard the first gun I caught up my musket and ran up to the trenches where I left my company, but found they had left for a point farther up the mountain. I followed on to overtake my company and found them in a ravine, stationed behind trees, to tickle the enemy's rear if they attempted toaced us under the command of Major Tyler, to join Col. Garnett's command, but after getting to Beverly we heard that Gen. Garnett was retreating from Laurel Hill. We then marched to Huttonsville and joined Col. Scott's regiment. Col. Pegram is now a prisoner in Beverly and Gen. Garnett is dead. A Survivor of Rich Mountain.
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