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chburg Republican dated "Army of the Valley, Winchester, Va., Dec. 9," we extract the following: There has been some skirmishing down on the Potomac below Martinsburg this last week. On last Thursday Gen. Jackson ordered four pieces of Pendleton's battery and four companies of infantry to Martinsburg, for the purpose of destMartinsburg, for the purpose of destroying Dam No. 5 on the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal, which would very much incommode the Federals; and on Saturday the battery took their position on the bank of the river to demolish the Dam, but the enemy opened fire upon them, when they were obliged to recross the river; our battery then opened fire upon the enemy, attempting to dsed for the night, but commenced firing again soon the next morning, and continued until about 9 o'clock, when they withdrew from their position and returned to Martinsburg. The enemy had no cannon, but their men were armed with the Minnie and Enfield Rifles. We lost one man killed, belonging to Col. Ashby's regiment, and had one
day or two, but he refused, and hurried on to report to Gen. Stuart. He was received here with much pleasure, and he now has a seat at the General's table, and is once more engaged in the daring exploits incident to the life of a scout. One little incident is worthy of record. The day before the fight, Capt. Manning, Aid to Gen. Longstreet, gave Burke his spur to put a new rowel in. The spur was carried in his pocket through his captivity, and the first thing he did on arriving in Martinsburg was to put a new rowel in it, and, on arriving here, the spur was duly returned to its owner. Burke is now a great favorite among the officers on the outposts, and is doing his country good service in keeping the Generals well posted in all movements of the enemy. He is one of the characters in this war that will live in history, and will furnish material for numerous tales and romances when the war is over and peace restored to the Confederate States. I have taken the story from h