[special Correspondence of the Dispatch.]
Since writing this morning I have gathered the following particulars in relation to the skirmish which took place in Carter county, Tennessee
, on Sunday night last between the bridge burners and a reconnoitering party sent out by Col. Clarkson
The party of Confederates engaged consisted of 21 men under command of Capt. Miller
, of the Vicksburg Sharp-Shooters
, whose company is now stationed at Manassas
obtained a furlough some few days ago and was on his way home when he was detained at Bristol
by the burning of the bridge.
A party of citizens of Bristol
armed themselves and requested Capt. Miller
to take command of them for the purpose of aiding in the arrest of the traitors who had burned the bridge, which he did.
It appears that Gen.
or Col. Clarkson
, with about 150 men, had previously gone in search of the scoundrels.
and his party left Bristol
about 9 o'clock Sunday evening, and marched in the direction of Elizabeth-town
, the county seat of Carter county
; he had not proceeded very far before he fell in with Col. Clarkson
, under whose orders he subsequently acted, and was detailed, with twenty-one men, to reconnoiter in the neighborhood of Elizabethtown
, with orders that in case he should find the enemy posted in any strength to fall back and report.
proceeded some two or three miles to South
fork of the Holston river
, which runs near Elizabethtown
, when with one man he forded the river, which was about three feet deep and 150 yards wide.
Soon after reaching the opposite shore he was hailed by a party of men not more than twenty paces off. Satisfying himself that they were traitors, he replied by firing upon them, dropping one at the first shot.
His companion also fired both barrels of a double-barrel shot-gun in their midst.
The enemy responded by firing a whole volley at the party, but none of their shots took effect.
immediately recrossed the river, being met when about half way across by his men, who were coming to his assistance.
While crossing volley after volley was fired at the party, two shots of which struck Captain
M., one on the back of his left hand, inflicting a very slight wound, and the other in his back, also a flesh wound, and, though painful, is of no serious importance.
His horse was also so badly wounded that he died after reaching the shore.
One of his men was also slightly wounded.
After this little affair a reconnaissance was made opposite Elizabethtown
, when a smart skirmish took place, the parties firing across the river at each other.
, from whom my information is derived, states that the enemy were posted along the river bank for about three hundred yards, and estimates the number engaged in firing at not less than three hundred.
He could distinctly hear them give orders ordering up their different companies, and states it as his impression that there are not less than seven or eight companies at this point.
Having effected the object for which they were detailed, the party fell back to the main body, and while on the way back captured two of the traitors, scouts who had been sent this side of the river.
The prisoners stated that two of their party were killed in the first encounter and seven wounded.
The bridge which was burned near Bristol
was 590 feet long.
At the meeting of citizens held this evening, for the purpose of devising means for obtaining a supply of salt and other necessaries on reasonable terms, a committee of five was appointed, and the meeting adjourned over to meet again to-morrow afternoon.
's battalion and Ayres
's Light Battery passed through here to day for East Tennessee
This fact your correspondent would have deemed imprudent to notice, but for the fact that it has already been advertised by others, which proves conclusively that the Dispatch
is not the only paper that does imprudent things.
The men of these commands were in fine spirits and much improved since they left this city, where they were quartered for a long time.
Nov. 13.--Several robberies have taken place in this city during the past few days, in the open day. Yesterday the police succeeded in arresting one of the gang, who had soldier clothes on. It was also ascertained that two of the gang left the city for Richmond
The jury in the case of Spotswood H. Ryder
, for killing a man named Jones
, yesterday brought in a verdict of manslaughter, and fixed his term of imprisonment in the penitentiary at 18 years.
I have to record the death of another old and respected citizen of this city, Mr. Samuel Garland
, who died in Mississippi
last Saturday, where he usually spends his winter.
He has for many years been a member of the bar, and was a lawyer of much ability.
train failed to reach here in time this morning; consequently we have nothing from Tennessee