The battle of Leesburg--position of the forces.
--The Casualties on Both Sides.
The recent victory of Gen. Evans
over the enemy near Leesburg
continues the prominent topic of conversation, and every new fact or incident is received with the utmost reach.
Dr. Geo. W. Stewart
of Madison county Miss.
, has placed us in possession of some interesting information connected with the battle gathered from soldiers who participated.
It appears that a report reached General Evans
that the Federals
were crossing the river at Edwards's Ferry on Monday morning, and the 13th Mississippi regiment was sent down from Leesburg
to keep them in check and under the belief that the heaviest portion of the enemy's forces would cross at that point the 13th Mississippi followed.
It turned out however, that another place was chosen by the enemy some two miles higher up the river, where the channel is from 175 to 50 yards in width, and not fordable.
They crossed in flat boats and skiffs, and the first engagement was between the 8th Virginia Regiment and the advance columns of the foe. The skirmishing continued with considerable severity for some hours, and the 18th Mississippi hearing the firing marched in double quick steps to the scene of action, the 13th regiment at Edwards's Ferry to prevent the there and executing a flank movement.
The grand and closing fight of the place about 4 o'clock P. M., when the Federals
made a desperate stand on the bank of river.
In a clear space between two growths of forest, our three regiment the 8th Virginia and the 17th and this Mississippi
--had the enemy partially surrounded, furthering a sort of semi-circular trap, from which the victims had no means of escape except by the river or through the woods on other side.
The latter alternative was adopted by some who were afterwards captured.
The fighting now became terrible.
The contending forces were in close proximity and we are informed that not only sword and bayonets, but even bowie-knives
were used with fearful effect upon the enemy.
The latter finding they were overpowered made an effort to reach their boats, which a large number succeeded in doing; but the rush was so great that several boats were overturned or sunk and the panic-stricken soldiers were drowned in large numbers.
We have no means of ascertaining how many was on the Island
in the river but it is not difficult to say how many failed in the attempted.
Those who were left on the shore then put down their arms and surrendered, and this terminated the battle.
We have the following list of causalities in the 18th Mississippi regiment.
, a volunteer private in the Beauregard Rifles--formerly a member of the Mississippi Legislature Jack Pettus
private in the Burt Rifles
— son of Gov. Pettus
, of Mississippi
, badly, in the thigh; Gerald Wilson
, ( nephew of Mr. Cooper
,) mortally;--Short, slightly, John Devind
, wounded in the head not mortally; North Saunders, in the leg, Capt. K. P. Hill
of the Camden Rifles
brother of Gen. D. H. Hill
, of North Carolina
and member of the Mississippi
Secession Convention,) slightly in the arm; and Willis Haddox
The entire causalities upon our side may be considered definitely ascertained, since a dispatch was received yesterday by President Davis
from Gen. Beauregard
, based on a report from Gen. Evans
, in which the Confederate
loss is stated at 27 killed and 120 wounded. The Federal loss is set down by same high authority at 1,200 killed, wounded occurred.
We have no doubt of the entire accuracy of this information.
As we stated yesterday there is no truth in the rumor that Gen. Evans
has fallen back from Leesburg
, though it seems to be the general impression that the enemy crossed the river subsequent to the battle and again remained to a more secure place.
We have represent reinforcements being sent up to Gen.
but not in a form sufficiently authentic to joyfully publication.