Correspondence of the Richmond Dispatch.
from Gaully Bridge.
Gaully Bridge, July 17, 1861.
It is pretty well understood now that there has been a sharp engagement about fifteen miles below Charleston
, at a place called Coles
, between Gen. Wise
's forces and a detachment of about 5,000 of the enemy, who have certainly landed and advanced on Charleston
This force landed at two points, Buffalo
, about 1,500 at the latter place, on Saturday last.
The detachment which landed at Guyandotte
was opposed at a point called Sun Up by Captain Jenkins
' company and about 500 militia.
All the militia fled on the appearance of the enemy except about 150, who, with Capt. Jenkins
' command, gave battle.
The result was forty killed and sixty wounded of the enemy, and one killed on our side.
This was an old patriarch eighty years old, who used his spectacles and fired with his rifle from an ambus
cade until he was discovered and put to death, not however until he had killed six.
' company behaved most gallantly, and fired from a cross road on the enemy with the most deadly effect.
Nearly an entire platoon fell from the first company fire.
The enemy immediately retreated, but have rallied, and it is thought joined their comrades who landed at Buffalo
Col. J. Lucius Davis
has just arrived from Lewisburg
with several noble companies raised for the Wise Legion