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k columns as they stretched across the broad bottoms of the Kanawha, and soon they were in full retreat, firing the town; which was extinguished by our men, saving 10,000 suits of clothes, 10,000 blankets, boots, shoes, &c. We fought — them until night, when they burnt the bridge over Elk river and retreated, leaving their dead upon the field. Near 300 prisoners have been taken and the woods are filled with the frightened wretches. Our cavalry are still pursuing them in the direction of Parkersburg, and we expect soon to land in Ohio. The people in the Valley welcomed our brave boys with hearts of rejoicing; and amid tears of joy, told the outrages, and inhumanity of the cruel enemy who had so long been in their midst. I think our ranks will swell largely, and our power be greatly strengthened here; but more forces should be sent immediately, and this Valley never abandoned. Provisions are plenty and cheap:--Sacon 7 cents; corn 50 cents; hay at our own price, and salt without