on a blanket, with a piece of paper pinned on his breast, marked “Robert J. Simpson
, Company I, First Virginia Light Infantry.”
The fight on Saturday, near this city, says the Lynchburg Republican
, was a much heavier one than at first supposed, and its results greatly more disastrous to the enemy than stated yesterday morning.
It is now stated that their dead alone left on the field numbered one hundred and twenty, and their wounded in field hospitals, who fell into our hands — being too badly hurt to be moved — are reported at one hundred and fifty. General Averell
stated to a gentleman entirely trustworthy, that their loss was eight hundred killed, wounded and missing.
Our entire loss on Saturday is semi-officially reported at nine killed and seventeen wounded. In the engagement and pursuit as far as New London, we captured in all about forty prisoners. The report of the capture of three pieces of artillery was erroneous.
The enemy commenced their retreat about six o'clock Saturday evening, after their unsuccessful assault upon our lines, previously reported.
As soon as the retreat was discovered, vigorous pursuit was made.
Gentlemen whose houses the enemy passed, inform us that they travelled in great haste and confusion, and they also say that in conversation both officers and men expressed great surprise at finding the city so well prepared for resistance.
The battle-field on Sunday presented quite a ghastly spectacle.
A circumstance connected with the enemy's dead is worthy of notice, as showing the accuracy and aim of our sharpshooters.
A gentleman undertook to count the dead as they lay on the field, and to note the place where they were shot.
Of forty-seven so counted, forty-two were struck in the head, and death appeared to have been almost instantaneous — a mete and proper fate for these ruthless invaders.
The enemy threw away a large number of guns, pistols and swords, both on the battle-field and on the route of the retreat.
Knapsacks, haversacks, canteens, &c., were also profusely strewn around, and many were picked up by citizens who visited the fields and passed along the roads.
In many localities, on both the Salem
and Forest roads, trees were felled and blockades of fence rails and stones were made to impede pursuit.
In removing these some hours were lost by our men.
, put up with Major Hutter
, about four miles from town, whose beautiful farm was used as Headquarters.
In their suite were the notorious Doctor Rucker
and David H. Strother
(Porte Crayon), the former attached to Crook
, being an old army officer, was well acquainted with Hunter
, and talked freely to him respecting his expedition.
said that he had fifty thousand men, and could take Lynchburg
easily — that we had better make no resistance.
When Major Hutter
informed him that it would be no easy task, and that our people, in the last resort, would retire to the Amherst Heights
and fire upon them, Hunter
replied that, in such an event, he would help them to destroy the town.
The general officers
were in very high spirits at the supper table on Friday night, and boasted that they would be in Lynchburg
the next day.
On Saturday night they took their meal at the same board in perfect silence.
retired to the back porch after supper, very moody, and remarked to Miss Hutter
that “the battle of Lynchburg
would be one of the bloodiest records of this war for the time it lasted.”
He said that the loss was very heavy on both sides, theirs not being less than eight hundred to a thousand.
The General was mistaken as to ours, which is six killed and ninety-five wounded.
said they had some twenty or thirty thousand men, and reinforcements were expected under Pope
, who, with other troops, had four thousand contrabands.
avowed it to be their purpose to capture Lynchburg
, and then proceed to the assistance of Butler
They placed their signal officers on the top of Major Hutter
's house, and as the battle progressed on Saturday, the “lookout” declared that the cavalry were charging splendidly: after a while, however, he said that they were giving way, and finally left his eyrie in disgust.
When. Miss Hutter
remonstrated with General Hunter
for his vandalism in burning the Military Institute, he replied, “You need not make a fuss about that, for I intend to burn the University of Virginia also.”
After the melancholy supper referred to, Hunter
told Major Hutter
that they wanted to hold a council.
They thereupon appropriated two rooms, the doors of which they locked carefully.
, having retired to a back chamber of his house, attempted to pass out of the building, when he was informed that he was a prisoner.
When the Yankee
officers retired, they said that they were going to the front, and thus took up the line of retreat before Major Hutter
was aware of their intentions.
Some of the Yankee
soldiers repaid the hospitality of Major Hutter
by plundering Miss
flutter's chamber, searching trunks and drawers, and carrying away various ornaments and valuables.
Some ninety odd wounded Yankees were left in Major Hutter
Four or five of them died on Sunday.
These wounded were rather the best-looking Yankees we have yet seen, being mostly Western men. Other wounded were left among the families of the people they had robbed, while many of the slightly wounded were doubtless carried off.