A New correspondent — the soldiers of Bath — Hospital — the Northwestern army, &c.
Bath Co., Va. Sept. 6, 1861.
In looking over your most excellent, valuable and interesting columns, I was surprised at your number of correspondents from the East
, and still more so at such a small number of effusions from the glorious West
Observing that old Bath
still remained unrepresented, (pardon me, I did not intend to insinuate that her brave and gallant sons have not volunteered their services for the protection of all that is so dear to them on earth — their State, their Government, their liberty, their families and their homes--God and justice forbid that such should have been my intention;) but I did intend to say that she remained as yet unrepresented by any one in your long list of correspondents.
But to proceed; Virginia
seceded April 16th; the following Monday (22d) Bath
sent a splendid company of dragoons, numbering eighty-five men, who were ordered to Staunton
; were mustered into service the latter part of May; were ordered to proceed to Grafton
; were in the retreat of the handful of men at Philippi
, before the Yankee
army; were at Beverly
several weeks before any other cavalry arrived, and performed all the scouting for many miles around.
They were also in Garnett
All of the company are now unfit for duty, with the exception of six; they are at present in Major Lee
's squadron of cavalry.
This company consists of as fine material as any in the service.
They were presented with a splendid flag by the ladies of ‘"Bath
also sent a very fine company of infantry, under Capt. W. D. Ervin
, (who spent some time at the Virginia Military Institute,) and 1st Lieut. P. M. Terrill
The names of the other officers I am unable to ascertain.--This company was ordered to Rich Mountain
, where, a few weeks after their arrival, Captain Ervin
was seriously injured by a fall which he received, and has not recovered yet. He was a fine officer and his loss is much regretted by his company.
Had the opportunity occurred, this brave gentleman would have given a good account of himself.
After his mishap, the command devolved upon Lieut. Terrill
His company, called the Bath (Va.)
Greys, were in Col. Heck
's command, and were taken prisoners at Rich Mountain
; were paroled, and are now at their respective homes waiting to be exchanged, when they will again start, as before, ready and eager for a brush with the enemy.
They had a shooting match at Rich Mountain
, in which the Greys far excelled, cutting the target literally to pieces, at the distance of three hundred yards. The cavalry and the Greys are composed of the flower of Bath
We have a regularly organized hospital at Warm Springs
, the county seat of Bath
.--There are a great many sick there now, and from my knowledge of the good and patriotic ladies of Bath
, they will receive every attention which kindness and liberality can bestow.
They have already done much, but are ready and willing now, as ever, to do anything in their power which will contribute to the comfort of the gallant defenders of their country.
The pickets of the Confederates
and Federals are within two miles of each other.--They had a skirmish last week.
were of course routed; but, as usual, they reported, ‘"nobody's hurt."’ We will permit them to continue in this insolent strain until Gens. Lee
get after them, when they will start double-quicking it for Yankee Doodledoom, howling and acknowledging that somebody's hurt.
Crops of all kinds in this county are very fine — never were better.
N. B.--Since writing the above, I have been informed, by a gentleman whose veracity is not to be doubted, that the pickets are within speaking distance, and a battle is daily expected. K. D.