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Doc. 16.-defeat of Everett's guerrillas.

camp Tenth Kentucky volunteer cavalry, Mount Sterling, Ky., June 17.
The expedition against Pete Everett's gang of guerrillas has returned. They were the Eighth and Ninth Michigan cavalry, and the Tenth Kentucky cavalry, the two former under Colonel De Courcy, the latter under Major Foley. The rebels were about two hundred and fifty strong. They immediately, after committing their depredations at Maysville, broke for the mountains. The Tenth, under Major Foley, went as far as Fleminsburgh, and finding that they had escaped, pushed on to overtake them. In the mean time the Eighth and Ninth Michigan cavalry had gone by the way of Owingsville to cut them off. The Tenth overtook them at Triplitt's Bridge last evening, some twenty miles east of the former place. In the mean time Colonel De Courcy, with the Eighth and Ninth regiments, had got on before them and formed in a line of battle on the bluff facing the bridge across the creek.

The rebels being ignorant of the force in their front, and supposing those in their rear to be home guards, left two companies just this side of the bridge, formed on the hill-side in the bushes, intending when they came up to bushwhack them to pieces. But they were mistaken in their game. The two companies in front, companies E and F, on being fired upon, charged right and left, clearing the hill at one sweep, capturing all their horses and some eight or ten prisoners. The rest fell back on the bridge, the Tenth following close on them.

At the moment the latter appeared on top of the hill, our men, the Eighth and Ninth Michigan cavalry, opened on them; also with two pieces of artillery. The Tenth, seeing the mistake of Colonel De Courcy, made signs to inform them and stop the firing, which was, for about ten minutes, terrific. But they “couldn't see it,” and the Tenth were compelled to fall back behind the hill. The rebels, profiting by this unfortunate mistake, crossed the bridge in front of the Eighth and Ninth, and filing off under the bluff, escaped up a ravine. Night coming on, the only means left was to send a regiment around to one of the gaps to cut them off. The Eighth Michigan was accordingly despatched on this business. We lost, singular to say, but one man killed — William West, company C--and two wounded--Joseph Blair and James Hick — all of the same company. West was shot in the forehead by a Minie ball, and fell fighting bravely. The prisoners number about forty; among the number Captain James White, of Maysville.

The Eighth Michigan cavalry, which was left on the field, it is expected will capture the greater part of the remainder. The rebel surgeon came in with their wounded and gave himself up; he reported that Pete Everett, the commander, was killed in the charge by company C. About two thousand dollars' worth of property of every description was picked up on the field by our boys.

To conclude, I think that guerrillaing has very near played out in this section of the country, especially as long as a man remains in the


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