--The editor of the Lynchburg Republican
has just received a letter from a member of Col. McDonald
's cavalry fully confirming the defeat of the Confederates
Our forces were attacked in two directions by an overwhelming force of Federals, and after a fight of two hours were forced to make a precipitate retreat leaving behind baggage of every description, commissary and quartermaster's stores and papers, and three pieces of cannon.
Our whole force was between five hundred and six hundred. Two hundred and fifty were cavalry and the balance militia.
The enemy had 5,000 men, and their cavalry equalled our whole force.
It was impossible for us to get reinforcements from any point, as our men everywhere were fighting more than ten times their number.
It is impossible to arrive at our loss, but many are missing, and it is believed a considerable portion were killed, wounded, and taken prisoners.