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Rebellion Record: a Diary of American Events: Documents and Narratives, Volume 8. (ed. Frank Moore) 6 0 Browse Search
The Daily Dispatch: December 22, 1863., [Electronic resource] 2 0 Browse Search
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ridge by the men. He then continued the march on to Callahan's, but, from information derived from his scouts, he was convinced that Averill would return by the Rich Patch road, which taps the Covington turnpike near Jackson's River depot. He forthwith moved his command down to Jackson's River depot, and directed the Island Ford s soon as it was ascertained that the enemy were advancing toward it. Jackson then took a strong position near the Jackson's River depot, at the point where the Rich Patch road connects the Covington turnpike. He then directed his mounted men, under Captain Sprague, to move on the Rich Patch road until they met the enemy's advancRich Patch road until they met the enemy's advance, and to attack them desperately, and cut the column in two if possible. At four o'clock on Saturday evening, the nineteenth instant, a courier from Captain Sprague announced the approach of the enemy by that road, and that he had commenced a skirmish with Averill's advanced forces. Jackson immediately ordered an advance of the
The Averill Raid. The following official dispatch was received at the War Department in this city yesterday: Top of Sweet Springs Mountain,Via Dublin, Dec. 20th. To Gen. S. Cooper, A. and I. G.: The enemy, finding this point guarded, turned off from Scott's and went towards Covington. They may attempt to cross from Rich Patch to Danlap's Creek. Gen. Echols E blockading the road. I am informed from three different sources that they have burned a number of their wagons, killed their broken-down horses, lost much of their ammunition, and are travelling in haste. I have seen this morning a large fire in the direction of Jackson river, or bridge. (Signed,) Sam. Jones, Major-Gen.