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The Daily Dispatch: December 17, 1863., [Electronic resource], Averill's movements in Western Virginia. (search)
correct. The force which engaged Gen. Imboden's attention at Shenandoah Mountain, west of Staunton, seems to have had no immediate connection with Averill's command. The latter moved up the South Branch Valley from Hardy county. After their check on Monday it is believed they fell back to Moorefield. These movements of the enemy would seem to have a double object. First, to prevent our forces from reaching the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad, with a view to conceal the transfer of troops from Grant's army to that of Gen. Meade, on the Rappahannock; and, second, the interruption of railroad communication between Gen. Lee's army and our forces in Southwestern Virginia and East Tennessee. Salem, in Roanoke county, which has been reached by the enemy, is not immediately on the Virginia and Tennessee Railroad, but about one mile distant therefrom. It is about sixty miles southwest of Lynchburg, and is the county seat of Roanoke. The country around is rich and productive.