Correspondence of the Richmond Dispatch.
fight at Rich Mountain.
Staunton, July 19, 1861.
I will attempt to give you a description of the fight at Rich Mountain
as far as I saw and participated in it. We were attacked about 12 o'clock, M. When the firing commenced I was at the camp cooking dinner for our company that were in the trenches on the mountain.
When I heard the first gun I caught up my musket and ran up to the trenches where I left my company, but found they had left for a point farther up the mountain.
I followed on to overtake my company and found them in a ravine, stationed behind trees, to tickle the enemy's rear if they attempted to come down that way; but they didn't come.
After waiting some time our captain marched up to the road, intending to march us up to aid those on the mountain.--We had gone about twenty feet up the road when we were fired upon by the enemy from the bushes.
After the first volley our men fell back and sheltered themselves behind trees to gain time to rally the men for another charge.
We again emerged into the road and marched up through the fire of the enemy within ten feet of the enemy's bayonets, when the fire became so hot that we had to retreat.
We retreated about twenty yards down the road, where we again formed a line, but concluded not to advance again as we had only 83 men and the enemy between four and five hundred men, and the most of them were in ambush.
We marched down the mountain about two hundred yards, when we met Col. Pegram
with about three hundred men to reinforce us. He then led us up to the top of the mountain for the purpose of driving the enemy from that position; but after getting there and finding the enemy in such force he abandoned the idea and placed us under the command of Major Tyler
, to join Col. Garnett
's command, but after getting to Beverly
we heard that Gen. Garnett
was retreating from Laurel Hill
We then marched to Huttonsville
and joined Col. Scott
is now a prisoner in Beverly
and Gen. Garnett
A Survivor of Rich Mountain