, of Col. Wharton
's Regiment, in Gen. Floyd
's Brigade, and Adjutant Otey
, of the same regiment, reached the city yesterday evening from the camp of Generals Floyd
, at the foot of Sewell Mountain,
which they left on Friday noon. They bring dispatches to the Government
The former gentleman relates to us the following particulars of the engement at Carnifax Ferry:
had warning of the approach of Rosencranz
, and had thrown up a small earth work in the centre of his line, which was formed across a bend in the Gauley
just at the Ferry
Some logs, rails, and brush were also thrown up here and there before the regiment, forming a very imperfect protection, not deserving the name and anything in the world but the powerful fortification spoken of by Rosencranz
For the centre breast-work there were six smooth-bore guns, possibly ten-pounders, and one rifled cannon.
These had just arrived, under Capt. Guy
, of Goochland
, and but for them the General
would have had none.--These seven cannon are magnified in Rosencranz
's report to sixteen!
Out of five Regiments Gen. Floyd
had seventeen hundred
available men; Rosencranz
estimates them at five thousand!
had eleven thousand
men under his immediate command below Summersville
Five thousand of these he ordered to the attack of Floyd
's line at about 3 o'clock on Tuesday,
the 10th inst. Six thousand were held in reserve.
The attack was received firmly, and the fire of the enemy was vigorously returned.
Three attempts were made to flank our little army, and each was repulsed with severe loss.
One bold charge was made to take the battery; but such a ‘"terrificfire"’ was directed upon the assailants by Capt. Gay
, that they were swept back, and did not renew the attempt.
The last charge was made on the extreme left by a German Regiment, which was driven back with heavy loss; and this is the Regiment which is said to have been ‘"called off."’ It was not until after dark that firing ceased and the enemy retired.
, ascertaining the number of his adversary, and moreover that four thousand,
besides the eleven thousand in front of him, had been sent above Summersville
to cross the Gauley
at Hughes' Ferry, and to march by way of Meadow Bluff
to get behind him, determined to re-cross the river that night, and at once proceeded to do so. His means of crossing consisted of one small boat, that could hold only one wagon at a time, and a small foot bridge, very ingenlously built by Engineer Frostburg
, a Swede, attached to Col. Wharton
Every soldier, well, sick and wounded, was safely taken across before light; but owing to the absence of a large number of wagons, transporting stores from the railroad depots, there were not enough to secure the entire of the baggage, provisions etc. A portion of these were unavoidably left behind, including some tents, cartridges, etc. A part of General Floyd
's private baggage, and also that of some of his officers, was with the abandoned effects.
It is proper to notice that to the humanity towards the sick, of whom there were a large number, much of the loss is attributable.
Some five horses, and twenty or thirty cattle also fell into the hands of the enemy.
lost not a single man.
This result is extraordinary.
The battle lasted four hours, and the enemy's loss was heavy, while on our side there were only six men slightly wounded
and not one seriously.
himself was amongst the wounded.
A musket ball, at the first fire of the enemy, inflicted a flesh wound just below the elbow, but it occasioned no inconvenience to the General
The enemy's loss was certainly heavy.
's first report said 15 killed and 70 wounded. His second raised his figures to 20 killed and 100 wounded. Gen. Floyd
took six of the enemy prisoners.
By their account the killed and wounded were from 300 to 500. One man said that sixty were killed in his regiment alone.
The wounded on our side were Martin
, of Captain Henley
's company, Amherst; John Phipps
, of Young
's company, Grayson
; Adjutant Smith
, of Tompkins
's regiment; and one man in McCauseland
Early on Wednesday morning, the enemy appeared on the river and fired a few shots.
formed a junction with General Wise
, and the combined force returned to Sewell Mountain
A message from Gen. Lee
met them there about noon Friday, and they went into camp.
What that message was is not known; but we may hope it indicates reinforcements.
Thursday, Col. Hownshell
, with 700 men, returned to the Gauley river
to bring away fifteen of our sick and twenty-five wounded Yankees of the battle of Cross
This he did; but finding the enemy preparing to cross, he ordered a fire upon them, which was obeyed by his men from the heights with effect, no doubt; for the soldiers of the Southwest
are good marksmen.
's defence was most gallant and his crossing of the ferry under the circumstances deliberate and well directed.
His men fought with signal bravery, and their fire was admirably directed.
together have not six thousand
effective men. Rosencranz
has eleven thousand,
with him, while four more thousand
are marching by the Meadow Bluff
to enter the turnpike between the Sewell Mountain
has five thousand five hundred;
in all twenty thousand five hundred
men against a little more than five thousand!
If this estimate of the enemy's forces be correct it is indispensable that reinforcements must be rapidly concentrated beyond Lewisburg
, or our army there will be compelled again to fall back at least to that point.
We hope that General Lee
's message to Gen. Floyd
indicates the intention of that officer to carry his men where they may find active service.