oke disclosed the fact that the depot buildings were being destroyed.
Captain Douthat at once pushed forward with the train, upon which there happened to be a car-load of muskets, with suitable ammunition.
Douthat's object was to reach the Tye river bridge before the Federal troops and save it from destruction.
This he did, and, breaking open the ordnance boxes, armed his men with muskets and forty rounds of ammunition, and then, at a double quick, crossed the Tye river, and got into posiTye river, and got into position to defend the bridge.
When the Federal videttes came in contact with what seemed a heavy infantry picket they retired and reported a large infantry force on hand, and the whole raiding party at once withdrew and the bridge was saved.
Had it been destroyed, Lynchburg must have fallen, as reinforcements could not have come up in time to protect it.
The sound judgment and prompt and bold action of Captain Douthat and the gallantry of his men on this occasion is worthy of all praise—yet