Doc. 146. fight on the Wautauga River, November 10, 1861.
Lynchburg Virginian account.
We are indebted to Captain H. H. Miller
, of the Twelfth Mississippi regiment, for the following particulars of an engagement between twenty-two Virginians
, under his command, and three hundred of the enemy, supposed to be under the command of----Taylor
, a former member of Congress from Tennessee
, which occurred at Taylor's Ford, on the Wautauga River, about two o'clock Sunday morning.
arrived at Bristol
on Saturday last, en route to Mississippi
, when intelligence reached there of the depredations that were being committed by the Union
men in East Tennessee
He was requested by General Clark
, who was in command, to make a reconnoissance with twenty-two Virginians
who had volunteered their services, and ascertain the position and numbers of the enemy on Wautauga River. Captain Miller
with his force arrived at Taylor's Ford, and had nearly succeeded in crossing the river, when they discovered the enemy on the opposite side in large numbers.
A fight ensued, when our force got within thirty yards of the enemy.
ordered his men to return to the shore and attack the enemy from that position.
Our men were so enthusiastic that it required his utmost exertions to restrain them from crossing the river and making a charge upon the enemy.
We sustained no loss.
received a slight
wound in the hand and one in the back, the ball glancing from his sword belt.
One or two others were slightly wounded.
The enemy's loss, as reported by two prisoners captured Monday, was nine killed and seven wounded, and their force is said to have been about seven hundred.
The people are gathering in large numbers, armed with every available weapon, and express great determination to resist any invasion.