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The Daily Dispatch: September 20, 1862., [Electronic resource], Camp star Martinsburg, Sept. 12th, 1862. (search)
r surprise when they found themselves unmolested and even with guards at their doors to protect them from intrusion. Whilst there about 1,800 Marylanders enlisted in our army. Many came down from Pennsylvania and joined. I saw a squad of eight Pennsylvanians myself, who reported numbers of others as on their way to join us. A large iron bridge near that place on the Baltimore and Ohio railroad, was blown up, thus effectually breaking the connection for some time yet to come. At Boonesboro' Russell's cavalry company charged upon Gen. Jackson and staff, who were riding on in front of the lines, captured the horses of two or three officers who were taking dinner at the hotel, and made off before they could be captured. I learned at Williamsport, the residence of Capt. Russell, that he was wounded in the month during the skirmish. The enemy retreated from Martinsburg to Harper's Ferry yesterday, where, no doubt, they will be compelled to make a stand. It is thought that
ay the fight was renewed, and the heavy columns of McClellan driven three three miles from the battle-field. The troops under Gen. Hill are said to have suffered considerably, but our loss is thought to be heavier in prisoners than in killed and wounded. The Federal loss is also said to have been terribly heavy. Col. Francis H. Smith, in a letter to Governor Letcher under date of the 16th inst., writes of this battle as follows: It is reported that an engagement took place near Boonsboro. It is said the enemy were repulsed twice, with a loss of 5,000 in killed and wounded. Our loss was heavy. Our troops fell back towards the Potomac from reasons that can be easily conjectured, Jackson will now recross the Potomac at Harper's Ferry, circumvent the enemy, if he has had the temerity to follow our advanced corps, and we shall capture or disperse the whole concern.--God grant that this conjecture may be verified. Gen. Garnett is certainly killed. His body arrived here this