Clarksburg, Va. Sept. 13.
--A battle occurred at three o'clock on Tuesday, afternoon, near Summersville
, after making a reconnaissance, found Gen. Floyd
with an army of 5,000, with 16 field pieces, entrenched in a powerful position, on the top of a mountain on the West
side of the Ganley river.
The rear and the extreme off both flanks was inaccessible to foot soldiers.
The position was guarded by heavy forts and a jungle.
A strong detachment of Confederates was discovered out of their camp on this side of the river, and shortly afterwards the scouts discovered themselves in the face of a parapet battery and a long line of palisades, when the battle opened fiercely.
The Confederates poured upon the Federals
a terrible fire of musketry, rifles, canister, and shell, causing some casualties.
led several companies of his Irish to charge the batteries, when he was brought down by a shot in the leg. Col. Smith
engaged the Confederates
on the left, and Col. Lowe
directly in front, Col. Lowe
's howitzer battery and Snyder
's two field ideces got into the best position possible, and soon silenced two of the Confederates
' guns.--The fire slackened at internals, but grew more furious as night approached, when the German Brigade was led into action by Col. McCook
, under the direction of Adjutant-General Hortzenf
After a furious fight, which lasted three hours, night compelled the recall of the troops.
The men lay on their arms, ready to renew the contest in the morning.
fell back over the river during the night, sinking his boats and destroying the temporary bridge.
The depth of the river, and the exhaustion of the troops, rendered a pursuit impossible.
The Federal loss was fifteen killed and seventy wounded; the loss of the Confederates
in unknown, as they carried off their dead and wounded.--Their loss, however, must have been serious.
Louisville, Ky., Sept. 13.
--Among the names mentioned for gallantry and soldierly conduct by Gen. Rosencranz
, are Gen. Benham
; Colonels McCook
, and Low
, Captains Hartzuff
, and McMullen
, and Major Burke
's official account of the battle is very similar to that already sent.
He says there were about twenty Federals killed and about 100 wounded. He found two stands of colors, a few prisoners, and some camp equipage, which Gen. Floyd
left when he evacuated his position.