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road. The force was under command of Col. Toland, the officer who commanded at the battle of Fayette Court-House last fall. In the meantime a force consisting of one hundred and twenty men, mostly citizens and conscripts, hastily gathered up at Dublin and Newbern, under command of Col. Bowyer, had arrived at the Wytheville Depot with two pieces of artillery. There being no horses in readiness for the artillery, so much delay occurred in getting it to town that the fight had commenced before i men, and Major Bowyer ordered a retreat. Our men were too much scattered for this order to be available. A few, though, did escape, and betook themselves to the adjacent mountains. About this time (10 o'clock) two trains were starting back to Dublin, and the whistles blew their loudest. This greatly alarmed the Yankees, who thought the cars had brought large reinforcements, and they thereupon skedaddled at a rapid rate on the same route they had come. The result of this fight was that