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tern Virginia--Stampede of negroes. A letter from Gallipolis, Ohio situated on the river, says 300 runaway negroes from Western Virginia are now in that city. It adds: A gentleman, pretty well acquainted with all this part of Virginia, told me that he thought there would be near one thousand five hundred blacks who would leave Virginia along with our army.--They come from as far east as Lewisburg. The rebels are pretty active. Some two hundred are located in the vicinity of Guyandotte, and have endeavored to capture some steamboats loaded with Government stores, but as have not been able either in capture any boats or prevent the navigation of a small boats running between here and Portsmouth. Squads of cavalry are moving over all this part of the State engaged in stealing horses, forage, &c., and forcing men into their ranks under the Conscription law of the Southern Confederacy. From Louisville. A letter from Louisville, dated the 1st, says that Bull N
The Daily Dispatch: October 9, 1862., [Electronic resource], Affairs in the Kanawha valley — Sale of Salt. (search)
enough to be seen, when Gen J. let loose upon them with a howitzer, which scattered them like chaff. Our forces pursued them about 9 miles, but owing to the dense fog, thought it prudent to stop pursuit, for fear of falling into an ambush.--Recruiting is progressing very rapidly, many of the old infantry companies having been filled already, and cavalry companies forming without number. It is reported that our cavalry have three steamboats blockaded at the mouth of the river, or near Guyandotte. The Yankees run them aground on the opposite side of the Ohio, where they now are, in consequence of the low stage of water, unable to get them loose, and our forces too small there to take them. The Salt Works are doing a splendid business out here at present. Hundreds of wagons are loading and going east. There was a meeting of Saltmakers, a few days ago, for the purpose of establishing a uniform price for the article at 8 per bushel, when they have been glad to send it to Cinci