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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.


Another account.

On Thursday, about 3 o'clock, a battle took place between 250 Confederates against 4,000 Yankees. Our loss is supposed to be about 150 killed, wounded and missing; that of the enemy from 200 to 500.

Mr. Houses, a member of the State Convention from Randolph county, was killed by ten balls shot through him. All of Capt. Iavin's company, from Buckingham, was killed, together with all of his officers, except Lt Col. Bondurant and fifteen men. Col. Heck escaped to Gen. Garnett, it is thought, and it is supposed that Gen. Garnett retired into Hardy or Pendleton counties.

Col. Scott came upon the field just as the fight was ended. His men begged him to let them attack the enemy, but he declined to do so, and ordered a retreat of his entire force, which was effected in good order, to this side of Greenbrier River.

The entire Valley is now in the possession of the Federal forces.

Col. Scott has with his regiment 20 or 40 prisoners --Union men — who were arrested by the militia of that section of the country.

Col. P was taken prisoner.

It is thought the Hessians were 10,000 strong at Rich Mountain, and had a force from 18 to 25,000 at Laurel Hill.

It is related as an incident of the battle that Capt. De Lanier, formerly of Petersburg, in command of an artillery company, after all his men had been killed, loaded and fired one of the pieces five times; and when the enemy came up to him, after he had received his mortal wound, with only strength enough left he drew his revolver and killed two of the Hessians.

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