from Gen. Wise
's command — Operations in the Kanawha Valley
— Exploit of the Richmond Blues--the fight near Beverley
The Richmond Enquirer publishes the following extract of a letter from Charleston, Kanawha county
, the present headquarters of General Wise
Alluding to the General
, the writer says:
He seizes traitors, and the enemy crosses the river somewhere and seizes citizens who are royal, to hold as hostages.
The General's time is half taken up with trying traitors; the other day we caught a spy, (a German Jew,) with a clothing store worth $5,000. He was caught fair, and too plain to deny, and so he forfeited all his stock, which clothes our poor mountain boys.
He was warned by the General
that he would have to kneel upon his coffin, which made him turn pale; and when he was told that he had lost all of his pack, he blubbered like a baby.
Three nights ago we had to select 350 men to rush up to Ripley
; the Richmond Blues started at 1 o'clock, on one hour's notice, and got thirteen miles up Pocataligo river before they were overtaken by the horses sent to take them up. Lieut. Col. Patton
was in command of two corps of cavalry, and three companies of infantry.
troops, 200 strong, had run to Ravenswood
The next day while scouting, our cavalry got into a hornet's nest of sharp-shooters concealed on a high hill.
One of our horses was touched by a rifle ball, but no one hurt.
The cavalry stopped and sent back for infantry.
The Blues rushed forward, and suddenly came upon the enemy posted two hundred feet above them.
The Blues went round the hill to get in their rear, and they immediately fled.
The Blues descended to an old mill, which they found barricaded, but unoccupied.
Directly they saw the enemy coming down the hill.
The Blues rushed upon them, headed by their Captain
, who cried out, "Let every man pick his man and fire." They hereupon opened a galling fire upon them, killing a Capt. Burdette
, mortally wounding many, and securing eight prisoners, They then took possession of the mill, in which they found some provisions, percussion caps
, &c. The Blues are a legion here; let Richmond
hurrah for them!
We continue to muster in companies, but need new arms, rifles, powder, and two or three 12 pound howitzers.
also publishes a letter from Beverley
, near Gen. Garnett
's headquarters, dated July 7. The subjoined postscript (8 P. M.) alludes to the fight mentioned yesterday in the Dispatch:
I open my letter to you to inform you that to-day, near Gen. Garnett
's camp, there was an engagement between the Georgia Regiment and a large body of the Yankees
, in which the Georgians killed 60 or 70 of the Yankees
, and took a four-horse wagon and team, and some arms.
Only one of the Georgians was wounded.
At the Rich Mountains
there has been some fighting — the result not known.
It is believed that the Yankees
have a large force, and are making their way into this valley, to surround our army and capture our stores and ordnance.
They will receive a rough handling.
We are permitted to make an extract from a letter written by a member of the Richmond Blues to his friends in this city, dated Ripley, Jackson county
, July 1st:
"We left Charleston Kanawha, for this place last Saturday night about 8 o'clock, and arrived here on Sunday night at 7 o'clock. The distance is 40 miles. The reason of our coming so quick was that a party of the enemy came upon this little town and forced all the men in it to take the oath of fidelity to the United States
They raised a Union flag, stayed in the town about an hour, and then left; so our company could not get here in time to have a brush; but yesterday morning we heard they were about eight miles further on, and we started in pursuit.
When we reached the place they fled to the mountains.
Our boys followed them, and a few shots were exchanged.
No one hurt on our side.
We hunted them all day, and at nightfall came back to this place.
"I do not suppose we will stay here long.--The people met us very cordially, and appear to be very glad that we are here.
They were all scared nearly to death, and many had left their homes, but are now returning.
The enemy arrested the postmaster and placed another in the office; but when the news arrived that we were coming, the fellow ran off and has not been heard from since.
"The people generally appear to be willing to abide by the decision of the majority, and from the way the old mountaineers are coming in, I think Western Virginia
will yet prove true to the honor of the old Commonwealth.
‘"At the camp of the enemy yesterday, we found two drums, three bags of coffee, six barrels of flour and three barrels of sugar.--This will last us two or three days, as we left all our stores at Charleston
We also found two flags, one of which will be preserved to place in the Blues' armory when we return."’
The enemy's account of affairs.
The following correspondence of the Cincinnati Commercial puts down the loss of the ‘ "rebels"’ at seven too many, and willfully misstates other circumstances of the engagement; nevertheless, it will be read with interest.--This skirmish appears to have taken place on the day previous to the fight reported yesterday, in which the First Georgia Regiment was engaged:
, Va., July 7.
A gallant band of fifty Buckeyes, Third Ohio Regiment, under Capt. O. A. Lawson
, of Columbus
, made a good record yesterday afternoon, at Middle Fork Bridge. Friday afternoon, without Gen. McClellan
's knowledge, Gen. Schleich
ordered Col. Morrow
to detach fifty men for a scouting expedition.
accompanied the party, five men being taken from each company of the regiment.
The expedition proceeded by bridle paths across the hills, to a point on Beverly Pike, five miles this side of Middle Fork Bridge, and encamped for the night.
scaled a rough mountain and crossed Middle Fork
in the morning, two and a half miles above the bridge.
He followed the stream with great difficulty, through unbroken thickets, until he reached a good ambush within musket range of the bridge, which was crowded with rebels.
The enemy discovered his party, and an advance guard of five cautiously approached him from the bridge, all ready with their muskets.
His men stood up, and both parties fired simultaneously.
Three of the rebels fell at the first round, and the other two dropped immediately afterwards.
The enemy now opened upon his little band from three sides — from the bridge, behind its embankments, and the thickets on the hillside.
In order to get better opportunity, he moved his men into an open space seventy-five yards from, and commanding the eastern entrance of the bridge, and poured into the crowd of rebels a galling fire; the effect was awful, imprecations and screams of ‘"murder"’ rending the air. His men obeyed orders with absolute composure.
A number had already been hit, and one was killed in the act of firing.
After firing four rounds into the bridge he ordered a retreat and the lads backed slowly into the bushes, carrying their wounded.
The casualties were as follows: Samuel W. Johns
, of Hamilton, Butler county
, shot dead by a ball through the breast; Corporal Joseph High
, of Columbus
, shot in the right foot by a Rebel from the hill-side.
The ball struck on the top of his uncle, and passed downward, shattering the small bones of the foot.
Nicholas Black, a Brighton butcher boy, of Cincinnati
, was struck in the forehead, over the right eye, by a buckshot, which lodged between the skull bones — a severe wound, but not dangerous.
He fell, and, rising again, he took two more shots at the enemy.
Geo. W. Darling
, of Newark
, was shot in the left arm.
, of Barnesville, Belmont county
, slightly wounded in the right arm; Jos. Backus
, of Newark
, slightly wounded in the left leg; Wm. Dening
, of Hamilton, Butler county
, had the skin above his right ear cut by a ball; seven or eight of the men received scratches, and had their clothing riddled.--Capt. Lawson
and his men are confident that some were killed in the bridge.
Seven were killed outside of the bridge.
All accounts agree that the rebels were about 300 strong, mostly Georgians, including 40 horsemen, armed with Sharpe
is much pleased with the gallantry of the men, but severely censures the expedition.
took command of the advance, and moved at daylight with his own regiment, the Ninth Ohio, Andrews
' Fourth Ohio, Loofflis
' Battery, and Burdsall
's Dragoons, which constitute the advance guard, the Fourth being detached from Schleich
's brigade is under marching orders.
The Tenth Indians have left to-day; the remainder of the brigade leave at daylight to-morrow.
goes forward to-morrow.--Schletch
's brigade will follow immediately.
The Tenth Ohio just arrived; it is in Schletch
received orders yesterday to move his whole force last night to a strong position, within a mile of the enemy's fortifications at Laurel Hill
The order was obeyed, and at daylight Gen. Morris
was in position.
This division will probably meet the enemy first at Roaring Run
, twelve miles beyond Beverly
The enemy is reported 20,000 strong cast of the Middle Fork
, including all their posts.
They are either very strong, or they don't know what they are about.
are ordered to be occupied by strong detachments.
O. Jennings Wise
escaped from Ripley
went after him on the 4th, but Wise
retreated on Charleston
, of the 17th Ohio, is appointed commander of this post.
's company, 19th Ohio, was
paraded before the regiment this morning, disarmed, and ordered to report at Columbus
They were disgraced for outrages perpetrated on the property of reputed Secessionists, by Lieut. Stratton
and eight privates of the company.
Subsequently the commissioned officers of the regiment appealed to Gen. McClellan
to revoke the sentence and give the innocent members a chance to redeem the reputation of the company.
After considering the case, the General
acceded to the desire, and the arms were restored.
and his guilty friends go home in disgrace.
An official report from Col. Tyler
, dated this morning, at Weston
, states that six of his men surprised sixteen mounted men, in camp, between Weston
, yesterday, and took six of them, with their arms and horses prisoners.
They will be sent to Columbia
The same blatherskite correspondent telegraphed on the 8th of July, from Buckhannon
that ‘"a courier arrived from Webster
, reports that four companies of the 19th Ohio Regiment, at Glenville
, about 40 miles distant to the Southwest
, are besieged by a picked Regiment of Virginians
and 1,500 militia under O. Jennings Wise
It will be seen, by reference to our telegraph column, that a report afterwards reached Cincinnati
that Capt. Wise
had captured a battalion or so of Hessians at Glenville
We hope this may prove true.