Affairs at the South.the battle of Belmont, Mo.--the fight at West Liberty, Ky.--the Confederates in Burkeville, Ky.--Incidents,&c.
Below will be found some interesting extracts from Southern Journals.
The Dromont battle — interesting description — horrid scenes, &c.The Columbus (Ky.) correspondent of the Memphis writing under date of Nov. 10th, communicates to that paper a most interesting description of the late battle near Columbus, from which we make the following extract: Our brigade was ordered under arms about noon — or rather, it was kept under arms all the morning, but I was ordered the river about noon. Our men were previously anxious to be led over noon in the morning; but Gen. Polk would not allow it, as he expected an attack from this side of the river — which was certainly the plan of the enemy, but it was not carried out. We did not get on the ground till the enemy were in full retreat, and we never got near them in fact, only one regiment of our brigade pursued them at all, and they only for a mile or two. I went with Col. regiment, belonging to Col. brigade. --When about two miles we were ordered back, as the enemy, had reached his boats. I had fifty or eighty-nine detailed from Scott a regiment to the with pick up the wounded. We found none Federate, but they were in such numbers we could only take a few and return for the others. In one they were and wounded, as as in a new field. I saw sixty or seventy, and others report as many as two hundred in this field. They were mostly of the 6th lowa Regiment, and some of the 27th . The Lincoln and Colonel and three . I know to have been killed, or wounded and taken prisoners. The Iowa was almost . The scene upon the battle field was awful. The wounded groaned and yelled and shrieked with pain. I had opium, brandy, and water, with which I alleviated their fortune, and, poor creatures, they were exceedingly grateful. I was out till 2 o'clock that night with Col. Neely and a battalion of the 4th regiment, picking up the wounded. In the woods and in this field the deed were so thick that it required careful riding to keep from trampling their bodies. The only means I had of knowing the road that night was by the corpses I had noticed in the afternoon. In one place there were eleven bodies lying side by side, further on were five, in another place were fifteen near together.--These were the only groups that I noticed, but I sometimes found six or eight within a space of twenty yards. Some of the poor creatures had crawled to the foot of trees, and laid their heads upon, the roots and their arms; others lay upon their backs with arms and legs on , some were doubted up, and in they were in every position. As to the variety of expression upon the faces of the corpses, of which I heard much. I saw nothing of it. They all looked pretty much alike as much alike as men dead from any other cause. Some had their eyes open, some closed; some had their mouths open, and others had them closed. There is terrible in the appearance of all the dead men I have ever seen. The only faces which were disfigured were that were burned, or shot, or blackened with powder. There were not many wounds from almost every variety of wounds from musket and rifle balls. I saw almost all the battle from our camp, which is on the of the high bluff. The Missouri side is low , and much of the battle ground is open. The battle swayed back and forth many times. Once our men were driven clear under the river having got out of cartridges. For several hours General Pillow held the enemy in check with two thousand men, the enemy having seven thousand , four hundred and fifty cavalry and I don't recollect their artillery. Pillow acted with great bravery. So did Polk and Cheatham, but they were not in the fight for several hours after Pillow. Pillows escape to . Every one of his staff officers had his horse shot under him. One of them had two shot under him. One of his aids was shot through the hip, and his horse was riddled with balls. Pillow wore a splendid uniform, very conspicuous, and role the handsomest grey mare in the army. As we watched the fighting from the bluff and saw our men advance and retreat, waver and fall back, and then saw the Arkansas troops, tents on fire, and the stars and stripes advancing towards the river, and some of our men crowded down to the very water's edge, I tell you my feelings were indescribable. The scene was grand, but it was terrible, and when I closed my eyes about four o'clock next morning I could see regiments charging and retreating — men falling and yelling — horses and men torn and mangled, and myriads of horrid spectacles. It was a bloody enjoyment, but we do not know the loss on either side yet. It is roughly estimated that we lost 250 in killed, wounded, and missing, and the enemy 600 in killed and wounded. An immense number of horses were killed. I rode over the battle field yesterday. For several miles the trees are and barked by balls, and many horses lie upon the ground, some torn open by shells and others riddled by balls. You can see innumerable stains of blood upon the ground. Where poor, gallant Armstrong was killed there were eleven dead bodies. At the time of his death he had a cap upon his sword waving it, rallying his men.
Desperate fighting — justice made out to some of the Vandals.The Avalanche has an interesting letter from a son of Bishop Otey, addressed to his father, dated Columbus, Ky., Nov. 10. The following is an extract. Our regiment fought desperately, the Colonel, though not much of a military man, behaved and fought gallantly. Our loss was some 80 or 90 killed, wounded and missing.--There was a little white boy that assisted Torne in cooking, named Jimmy Hamlur, who was taken prisoner, and I am chief cook of my mess now. Several of our cooks were taken, but the most of them escaped. They got into our camp, and set fire to our tents. A squad of them went into my sleeping tent, and burst open three of our trunks, and stole several of my private letters, and a great many other things. They burst open the trunks with their bayonets an a beautiful gold watch from one of my mates. One of the Dutch set fire to my office-tent, and had the matches in his hand to set fire to another part of the tent, when a fortunate ball struck the gray-haired old man just in the centre of the forehead, and sent him with the damning crimes of his life to the sombre shades of Tartarus. He dropped dead in my tent, and his blood out, besprinkling the floor for many feet. The worst is yet to be told. They our hospital tents and bayonetted two of our sick men, one of whom had been accidentally shot a few days prevents. Our assistant surgeon had probed his wounds a few minutes before. He (the surgeon) was run out of the tent at the point of the bayonet, and took refuge in the river. Another sick man, lying in an adjoining tent, had his tent torn off of him, and the tent was stuffed under another one and set on fire, leaving the poor man exposed to the flames of the burning tent adjoining, etc.
Incident of the battle.The Appeal's Columbus correspondent relates the following interesting incident: An incident of heroic conduct is related in connection with the first heavy charge that our columbus made upon the enemy, which, as an incident of the battle, should not go unrecorded. When the two columns came face to face, Col. Walker's regiment was immediately opposed to the 7th Iowa, and David Vollmer, of Capt. Stokes's company, belonging to Col. Walker's regiment, drawing the attention of a command to the stars and stripes that floated over the enemy, avowed his intention of capturing the colors or die in the attempt. The charge was made, the centre of Walker's regiment, Capt. Stokes's position facing the centre of the Iowa regiment. As the two columns came within a few yards of each other, young Vollmer and a young man by the name of Lynch both made a rush for the colors, but Vollmer's bayonet first pierced the breast of the color-bearer, and grasping the flag he waved it over his head in triumph. At this moment he and Lynch were both shot dead, and as Vollmer fell, emulating the ardor of these chivalrous young men, Capt. J. Welby Armstrong stopped forward to capture the colors, when he also fell grasping the flag These colors are now at Gen. Pillow's office.
Another.Mr. Farrer, living near Memphis, Tenns., had a son in the fight at Columbus, who was perhaps the first to meet death. His servant was with the company, and in the progress of the battle, missed his master. Looking for him, he found him cold in death. The faithful slave took his young master's musket and cartridge box, fell into the ranks and fought all day with unflinching gallantry, dealing death to many a Lincolnites.
The fight at West Liberty, Ky.--a true account.The following account of the affair at West Liberty, Ky., which we take from a correspondence in the Louisville (Bowling Green) Courier, of the 9th, is from a source that we can vouch for as perfectly reliable: We detached from Prestonsburg two companies, part cavalry and part infantry, numbering about 200--Capts. May and Hunter-Capt. May being in command of the expedition. Our object was simply to establish a temporary camp at West Liberty, so as to concentrate the scattered elements of the Southern rights party through that region.--We soon heard that a force of several hundred Federals were at McCormick's Gap — We sailed out with a small detachment of cavalry, and when they heard our little part approaching, the terror which emanates from craven and cowardly hearts soon magnified us into a very large body of cavalry, and they made a precipitate retrograde movement to Mad Lick. We then returned to West Liberty; and while awaiting reinforcements from Prestonsburg, the Hessians made an advance; in the meantime, they having learned that our force was small. We expected their attack to come from the road leading into the town from the West. We felled trees across the road, and our determined little band laid in for them all night. They, however "smelt a rat" and were piloted around be Canely Creek meeting-house, and came in on the road leading into West Liberty from the East. We got wind of their movement inst in time to get in the bushes along that road; as the destardly scoundrels came along we poured three or four deadly volleys among them, and then retired through the bushes, every man for himself. Their forces consisted of about too or cavalry, about 400 infantry, and one small field piece. We had only about 65 or 70 guns that were in at on edition to shoot. We have reliable information that we killed and wounded from 30 to 50 at them. We did not lose a man; I believe one or two of our boys were very slightly wounded. The killed one old man about seventy years old, who was on his way to mill. His name was Davis. I was at Prestonsburg a day or two after the fight and saw Captains May and Hunter's companies mustered into the Confederate service and I believe every man who started on the expedition responded to the roll ball. These are the unvarnished facts of the "great Federate victory at West Liberty."
The Confederates in Rockville, Ky.The Louisville (Ky.) Journal, one of the most unscrupulous lying journals in all Lincolndale, publishes the following. On the 24th ult., the rebels in force marched into Burkesville, Cumberland county, Ky. and took possession of the town, and, as is their custom, commenced robbing and plundering the citizens. The Lebanon Kentuckian says they entered the store of a Mr. Ryan and others, helped themselves to whatever they wanted, offering to pay in worthless Tennessee money, after which they proposed to favor the citizens with a grand dress parade, which they invited all to see. About the note, however, this grand exhibition of thieves and murderers, under the name and disguise of an army, were forming, a messenger rode into town informing them of the near approach of a large body of Union troops, which produced such confusion in their ranks that they immediately took to their heels and scampered away in double quick time, leaving the citizens of Burkesville without giving them an opportunity of seeing an army of robbers on dress parade. It is hardly necessary to say that the report of the approach of a large Union force was only a ruse to scare the rascals and make them leave, which they did without taking time to bid them farewell.
The right way to talk.Some of the extortioners, and speculators, and monopolists, who have been grinding their earnings out of the people of Charleston, S. C., and other places near the scene of the late engagement off Port Royal, as long as they believed this war would not reach them in earnest, are now preparing to depart under various pleas. The Charleston Courier is justly indignant thereat, and uses the following language towards them in its issue of the 13th. This thing must and shall be stopped. We offer or design no dictation or obtrusive advice, but we call upon the commander of the post and district to see to it, that proper and prompt arrangements be made to regulate and control tire movements of persons seeking to speak out of the city. Let full facilities be offered for the transportation and escort of families, infants, invalids, non-combatants, and cowards, who wish to go, but let measures be taken to stop the flight of those who can be made useful, and who owe us their services. Let the panic- makers and rumor-sprinklers, who endeavor to alarm and excite our people, be watched, and, if necessary, put to good use. We do not expect such counterfeit representations of men to fight for us, or themselves, or their wives, or children, but we demand that they shall not be permitted to fight against us, or to excite vague, needless, and premature apprehensions among our true friends elsewhere by leaving us.
A Plain case.It seems that the editor of the Danville Register has been troubled of late with inquiries into the cause of his recent defeat for the State Senate. The following reasons enumerated by him in his paper of the 14th, we should think are sufficiently plain to close the mouths of the curious against any further prosecution of their inquiries. Wishing, in all things, to gratuity our friends, as well as the patrons of the Register, we offer only five reasons for our defeat, four of which will never occur again.
- 1st. We were defeated because we did not get enough votes to elect us.
- 2d. Because the votes cast for us, when summed up, unfortunately fell short of a plurality over our competitors.
- 3d. Had we secured all the suffrage we thought should have been extended to us, we would have been elected.
- 4th. We did not secure, that suffrage; consequently we were not elected.
- 5th. We were defeated because "Republics are always ungrateful." And it being doubtful with some as to whether we are living in a Republic, they concluded to wait and ascertain the fact before they cast their votes either way.
A Praiseworthy act.Dr. Wm. Elliott, of this city, acted a noble and self sacrificing part in and after the battle of Fort Royal, and it deserves to be noted. He accompanied the Georgia troops in an unofficial capacity, we learn, to the island, and was present ministering to the wounded throughout the action. At the time a retreat was ordered, he was engaged with four wounded men in the hospital, and had every opportunity to make his escape, but he preferred rising capture and a protracted confinement in Lincoln's dangerous, rather than desert the unfortunate. He remained with them for several days, and until they were properly cared for, without being molested, and then, through the assistant of a negro, left the island and returned to the city.--Savannah Republican, 12th inst.
Negro Fidelity.The Savannah Republican of the 12th inst., has the following paragraph: ‘ We have heretofore stated that in the retreat from Hilton Head, Captain Read was compelled to abandon two brass field pieces, and leave the horses grazing on the Island. Saturday last, a faithful negro man, the property of Mr. Pope, who resides on the Island, captured all the horses of the battery, sixteen in number, placed them in a flat, brought them to Savannah, and delivered them to the Captain. ’ We also learn that the guns have been recovered and will be up in a day or two.
The vote for Governor of Georgia.The vote for Governor resulted as follows:
|Majority for Brown||13,975|