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uckle on their armor and march to aid in establishing the liberty and independence of the South. The "Cadets" may well congratulate themselves upon their good fortune of securing the services of Capt. Laurens, whose military experience in the Mexican war eminently qualifies him for the position he now occupies, and I bespeak for this corps, as well as those that have preceded them, a good account of themselves should they ever come in contact with any of Lincoln's hirelings. The glorious news of the brilliant victory of Gen. Price and his forces at Lexington, Mo., reached us yesterday, and caused much rejoicing among our citizens; and ere long, perchance, we shall hear that the combined forces of Floyd, Lee, and Wise, have had a battle in Western Virginia; and if such should be a fact, I trust it will result in the complete annihilation of Rosencranz and his entire army. The weather is now quite cool, and thick clothing and comfortable fires are in great demand. Rambler.
ginia. reported victory by Gen.Lee.--Rosencranz mortally wounded — defeat of the Federal armg Sewell Mountain, between Gen. Lee's and Gen. Rosencranz's forces, and that the latter had been dethen retreating from Western Virginia. That Rosencranz had attacked Gen. Lee in his entrenchments or a severe fight, was repulsed, and that he (Rosencranz) renewed the attack again on Friday, and fouther with the additional particulars that Gen. Rosencranz was then at Wheeling, mortally wounded. t was stated that the light had commenced by Rosencranz attacking Lee; that Rosencranz had been repuRosencranz had been repulsed, and that they were fighting again the next day, and that reinforcements were then coming up fo At Clarksburg, the headquarters of General Rosencranz, Mr. Crockett was informed by someone, in whom he has confidence, that Gen. Rosencranz had given orders, and had men detailed for the specidy to fire the whole concern in the event of Rosencranz being defeated. So great is the alarm a
t of less than 300, and was sent reeling before the fire of that little band; whose courage was so cool and calm, and whose aim was so true, that their fire was terrific. The thousand of Benham reeled, and wheeled, and fled from the remnant of the regiment commanded by his gallant classmate of the Confederate Army. Col. Reynolds and Col. Heath held the centre, assisted by four of Guy's guns, and their position it was which was chiefly assailed by the overwhelming ranks of the enemy under Rosencranz. They covered themselves with glory. Col. Reynolds's regiment having been reduced to so meagre a number by disease, he has been ordered to this place to recruit, and to take command here for the purpose of reducing to order the hospitals, and establishing a more vigilant military discipline generally. I regret to learn that Gen. Floyd suffers considerably from his wound, but I hope to hear that it will soon be healed. Messrs. W. B. Preston, Miles of South Carolina, and Vena
e Kanawha, October 2d, 1861. After so numerous graphic descriptions of the terrific battle of Gauley, it would seem too late to enter into any details of the engagement, nor is it the intention of your correspondent to do so, but merely to mention a striking spectacle which we witnessed on the day of battle, and which seemed so grand to all under whose observation it came. As soon as our pickets had been driven in, and we were momentarily expecting an attack from the main body of Gen. Rosencranz, the Fiftieth Regiment, under the command of the gallant and accomplished Col. A. W. Reynolds, was ordered to take the advance, which he did with his characteristic bravery and alacrity. Almost as soon as he had assumed his position behind the entrenchments, the booming of the cannon and rattle of life musketry told too well that many a warm and brave heart would cease to beat ere the setting of the sun. Marching on to attack him were two full regiments, under command of his forme
Gen. Rosencranz. --The rapid movement of Gen. Rosencranz from Sewell, has given rise to the expectation that he will make an energetic return march to his former position, and fall upon Gen. Jackson with heavy odds. It is to be taken for granted that Gen. Lee will fathom his real purposes, and be able to thwart them, whatever they may be, by movements of equal promptitude. Gen. Rosencranz. --The rapid movement of Gen. Rosencranz from Sewell, has given rise to the expectation that he will make an energetic return march to his former position, and fall upon Gen. Jackson with heavy odds. It is to be taken for granted that Gen. Lee will fathom his real purposes, and be able to thwart them, whatever they may be, by movements of equal promptitude.
their miserly and insatiate appetites for the almighty dollar may produce. A case in point occurred not more than a month ago. Quite a large lot of a certain staple was piled on the side-walk, and, on inquiry being made, it was ascertained that the lot had just been purchased, and that the price was now just seventy-five per cent, more than the same article could have been bought for in the morning of the same day. Such a spirit cannot be too strongly condemned, and it should be made the especial business of the press everywhere to cry down this practice of speculating on not only the necessities of the times, but actually the wants of the suffering, and in many instances of the very men who are now exposed on the tented field to the inclement storm, and have risked all, even life itself, in defence of our liberties. A gentleman just arrived from Big Sewell, in every way reliable, reports that it is pretty well ascertained that Rosencranz has fallen back upon the Gauley. O. K.
thing will evidently be done soon — say, within a week.--The Federals judging from their persisten refusal to come out from their strongholds, the apprehensive of an attack from our troops. It is currently reported that General Burn has been appointed to the command of three brigades, and if this be true, we may confidently expect to hear of some exploits under his leadership. The retreat of the Federals from Sewell is fully confirmed. The prisoners who arrived yesterday deny that Rosencranz was in command there, and say that Cox was the General who directed this runaway movement. His force, they assert, consisted of only 7,000 men; but we place little confidence in any statement made by a Lincolnite. advices present that Gens. Lee and Lo were in pursuit of the Federals, with a efficient force, including a large body of cavalry. The enemy commenced the retreat in the night, and had probably accomplished a march of 16 miles before the Confederates ed. We have additio
The Federal Army in Western Virginia. --The army of Rosencranz lately encamped on Sewell is believed to be about six or seven thousand men. But a small force, under an enterprising commander, in a country where it can readily obtain supplies, can be handled with more ease and greater effect than a large body, not as well equipped and remote from its supplies, no matter though controlled by equal skill and judgment. We had supposed that of all the defences of Virginia, her mountain ramparts would be the most reliable. We should have looked to any other part of the State except that as a vulnerable point. Cheat Mountain alone was a Gibraltar, which could be defended by a hundred men armed with rocks and branches of trees. There are other positions in the West, not of equal strength, but which could be made impregnable against any foe. The militia of the West, armed only with old-fashioned rifles, could defend many of those mountain passes against the whole Federal army in Weste
Arrival of prisoners. --Another lot of Federal prisoners arrived yesterday from Big Sewell mountain, in custody of Lieutenant A. F. Cooke, of Floyd's cavalry, and two men. Four of them are soldiers, lately of Rosencranz's army, namely: R. M. Walsh, of the Eleventh Ohio; W. C. Ramage, of the Twenty-sixth Ohio; Charles Kern, of the Ninth Ohio; and James Farley, of the Second Kentucky Regiment. The remainder, three in number, are Lincolnites from Fayette county, Virginia
From Western Virginia. --It will be seen from the following letter to the Lynchburg Virginian, that Gen. Lee expected to make an attack upon Rosencranz about the time the latter's forces slipped away: Sewell Mountain, Lee's Encampment, October 2d, 1861. Mr. Editor: Yesterday evening we arrived here, after five days weary and toilsome march from Jackson river. We are now encamped within two miles of the enemy. From a high hill where our cannon are planted, the enemy's encampment is plain to view. I visited the heights yesterday evening, and viewed the encampments of both armies; and from all the information that I can collect, the enemy has about 15,000 men, (though there are rumors that they have more,) and 20 pieces of cannon, pretty strongly fortified on top of Big Sewell mountain. Our army has 17,000 or 18,000 men and 28 pieces of cannon, and are well fortified on the same heights, within less than two miles of the enemy's camp, on the eastern side of Big Sewe
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