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The Daily Dispatch: December 17, 1863., [Electronic resource], Averill's movements in Western Virginia. (search)
in which Gen. Echols was defeated, and retreated into Monroe county, the enemy under Averill, about 4,500 strong, consisting of 3,000 mounted infantry and 1,500 cavalry, pushed on to the Sweet Springs, in Monroe, some fifty miles from Salem, Roanoke county.--Gen. Echols, in the meantime, fell back to Union, Monroe county, twenty-three miles from the Sweet Springs, where a portion of the command of Gen. Sam Jones was stationed. Averill, finding the way open and his course unopposed, moved on toal 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