We have ascertained, through the courtesy of Mr. D. G. Duncan
, the following additional particulars of this affair:
Col. A. P. Hill
, commanding the Brigade, whose headquarters are at Camp Davis, Romney
, ordered, on the night of the 18th. Col. J. C. Vaughan
, of the third Tennessee Reg't, to proceed to the line of the enemy at New Creek Depot, eighteen miles West of Cumberland
, on the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad, with two companies of the 13th Regiment of Virginia Volunteers, commanded by Captains Crittenden
, and two companies, of the 3rd Tennessee Regiment, commanded by Captains Dillard
, to disperse the Federal
forces there collected.
The march of 38 miles was made between 8 P. M. and 12 M. next day. The enemy was found, posted in some strength, with two pieces of artillery, but had no pickets out. At 5 o'clock A. M., on the morning of 19th, after reconnoitering, the order to charge was given by Col. Vaughn
, and was gallantly executed in good order, but with great enthusiasm.--As our forces appeared in sight, at a distance of 400 yards, the enemy broke and fled in all directions, firing a few random shots as they ran, one of which entered the arm of Private Smith
, of Capt. Dillard
's company, which was in advance, wounding him slightly.
The enemy did not wait to fire their artillery, which Col. Vaughn
's command captured, finding them still loaded, but spiked.
states, in his official report that his men were all eagerness to engage the enemy when the order to charge was given and rushed forward with the utmost enthusiasm, wading the river to their waists.
The enemy's loss was not known, but several were seen to fall.
No prisoners were taken.
owing to the start the enemy had, and Col. V. having left in the rear all the horses belonging to his command.
The position occupied by the Federal
troops was on the North
bank of the Potomac
, at the 21st bridge on the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad.
burned the bridge before returning to Romney
, taking with him the two guns and stand of colors.