Fight at Rich Mountain.
This community, the State, and the entire South, feel an intense interest in the details and the result of the conflict which occurred in the neighborhood of the Rich Mountain on Thursday last, and we regret that we have not the means of gratifying them. Passengers who reached here from Staunton on Sunday and on yesterday state that the reports received there are vague, inconsistent, and every way unreliable, and they can only report the same unsatisfactory statements.--We have no disposition to embarrass the minds of our readers with the reiteration or such reports. From the best information we can obtain the battle occurred on Thursday last, with ment under the command of Lieutenant Colonel Pegram, and consisted of only three companies, which were engaged in the fight. This small force kept in check, for some time, several thousand Federal troops and although sorely pressed, we learn that not more than 40 were killed. The gallant Lieut. Col. Pegram was seriously wounded, and was taken prisoner. Many of the men in his command, who were believed to have been killed or taken prisoners, have since the battle found their way into the camp of the Confederate troops. The last heard of Col. Heck's command was that he was making his way through the mountains to join Gen. Garnett's forces, but as it was reported that Gen. Garnett had retired from Laurel Hill, and his position of destination unknown, it was uncertain when Col. Heck would join him. Col. Scott's regiment was said to be about forty miles from Staunton, and had been rein forced by several regiments, within the past few days. It was also reported that ten thousand of the Federal army were between Gen. Gannett's forces and the position held by Colonel Scott.