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le property to what they think greater places of security. I believe that most of our men, old and young, will stand their ground and fight the Yankees, which is the better plan, as I conceive. It is well enough, however, to secure what property we can that might benefit a Yankee, and what we cannot secure destroy. Monroe. Monroe County, Va., April 14, 1862. Rumor has it that the Yankees are reinforcing. Three thousand are said to be at Col. Tompkins's, this side of Gauley Bridge, and two thousand at Fayetteville. The Pierpoint Government having included Monroe, Greenbrier, Pocahontas, and Mercer, in their new State, it is said the Yankees are to send a force sufficient to subjugate us. After they get possession of these counties then they will take a vote of the people whether they will belong to the new State or to the old.--Of course the vote will be taken, if taken at all, by the voters being compelled by the force of arms to go to the polls. We do hope som
boys faced their cannons' months with veteran daring, fighting from about 2 o'clock until night closed upon us. Our less was light--12 killed and 40 wounded, principally of the 45th Virginia During the night the enemy attempted a retreat, leaving an immense amount of stores, wagons, ambulances, and some one hundred prisoners, to fall into our hands. We pressed upon them, pouring volley after volley into their retreating column as they "double-quicked" over Cotton Hill. Arriving at Gauley Bridge they scattered in the wildest confusion, burnt their splendid wire bridge, fired their immense depots, containing every description of stores and supplies, but leaving hundreds of tents, ambulances, and about 700 excellent wagons, &c., to fall into our hands. Ganley is the Gibraltar to Northwestern Virginia, and overlooks the great Valley of Kanawha, with her inexhaustible treasure of salt, grain, &c, which is indispensable to the Confederacy, and should be held at any cost. The enemy
Brilliant Affair in Western Virginia. Lynchburg, July 6. --The correspondence of the Republican says that on the 28th of June several hundred Yankee cavalry, stationed at Loop Creek, near Gauley Bridge were attacked by about two hundred of the 8th Virginia cavalry, and the former were completely routed. We killed nine, captured sixty prisoners, sixty horses, a hundred navy revolvers, with sabres, carbines, saddles, bridles, &c., and lost one killed, five wounded and fifteen horses killed.
railroads, steamboats, and bridges, added to the destruction of public stores and deports, cannot fall far short of $10,000,000. We captured three pieces of artillery and one 24 pounder at Lebanon, which we destroyed; one, a Parrot 3 inch gun, at Brandenburg, and a 12 pounder at Portland. After leaving the Ohio at Belleville, on the night of the 19th, we marched to near Elizabethtown, in Wilt country, from there to Steer Creek, and across the mountains to Sutton; from Sutton on the Gauley Bridge road to Birch Creek, crossing Gauley at the mouth of Cratberry, and thence into the Greenbrier country, crossing Cold Mountain, passing over a heavy blockaded road. Tired steeds prevented rapid marches and six days were consumed are we reached Lewisburg, near which we left Col. Grigsby, with a detachment, which then numbered about four hundred and seventy five men. From the crossing of the Ohio to our entrance in Greenbrier our men lived on beef alone, without salt, and no tread. Yet t
The Daily Dispatch: March 30, 1864., [Electronic resource], The battle of Stoneside Mountain — gallant conduct of the Virginians and North Carolinians. (search)
of these gallant Virginians, North Carolinians, and Alabamians, present an unbroken front, and receiving the fire, they return it with continuous and repeated volleys, which drive him back chagrined and discomfited. Reynolds quickly advances his skirmishers, who, firing upon the routed foe, causes him to redouble his speedy exertions to get away. Now they resort again to artillery, and at long reach keep up a terrific shelling of the lines. Again, their infantry comes largely reinforced, and again he drives them back steadily inch by inch until, reaching an open field, they could stand it no longer, and ran every way in the most dire disorder. At ten in the night they sneak off altogether, and at day in the morning nothing is seen of them. The conduct of these gallant troops and their heroic and skillful Brigadier is on the tongues of all here; and the army is as resonant with his praise as were the mountains of his mother Virginia after the battle of Gauley Bridge. Observer.
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