further particulars of the fight at Pikerille--7 h retreat of our forces — their arrival at Penna Gap — arrival of Brig. Gen. Humphrey Marshal at this place — his departure for headquarters.--the militia called out — Cheap living, &c.
[Correspondence of the Richmond Dispatch.]
Tazewell C. H. Va., Nov. 20, 1861.
Since my last communication nothing of very great interest has transpired in this section.
Some further information of the right at Pikeville, Ky.
, is reported by the many refugees arriving here from that vicinity.
It is positively asserted that our whole force engaged in the fight was not over 300 all told.--Our loss is certainly four killed and 10 or 12 wounded. The enemy's loss is still put at 300 killed and many wounded.
How it is that the, Hessians make out such a glorious victory on their side is certainly a mystery to us who live so near to the battle ground.--Though it is their custom to lie in everything they undertake.
It is a fact that our forces retreated from Pikeville
to Pound Gap
They are there now and are throwing up breastworks.
It is said that the force Col. Williams
has with him there is sufficient to keep back any force the Federal Government
may attempt to rout him with.
W. is being reinforced by the regiment under command of Col. A. C. Moore
, which has been at Abingdon
for the last four months. It is the opinion of your correspondent that the force at the Gap
will not remain there long.
, it is thought will order him back to Pikeville
, while he will move from this place with the force he has here to join him at that place.
From here to Pikeville
we have an excellent road, and if this movement should take place, the enemy will soon retreat from the Sandy Valley
Great rejoicing throughout this section of country, and particularly in Eastern Kentucky
, is going on in consequence of the appointment and arrival here of Brig. Gen. Humphrey Marshall
His name is legion and it seems from the many encomiums passed upon him, it is the right man in the right place.
His appointment seems to give universal satisfaction.
I mark for him a brilliant military career.
He left this place a few days since in company with a regiment under command of Col. Trigg
and Lieut. Col. H. A. Edmondson
, from Christiansburg
He will rendezvous in this county for a few days, until they receive reinforcements, and then proceed on to Kentucky
, by way of Grundy, Buchanan county
A messenger was dispatched from this place on Wednesday last to your city, in great haste, to get the law in relation to calling out the militia — in other words, to see the President
in regard to the Brigadier General
's power over that institution.
But before he had been gone many hours a rumor reached here that the enemy were advancing on us, and that they had certainly reached Buchanan county
, and captained four of five of the prominent citizens of that county.
Gen. Rees T. Bowen
at once determined to call out the militia of this and the two adjoining counties, McDowell
, and all honor to the man, he has them to-day on the line of march for the protection of our homes and firesides.
is as brave a man as lives, and if he should come in contact with the enemy he will win for himself a glorious name.
Cheap and good living, Mr. Editor
, is a thing much sought after at this particular time, and I know of no place in my acquaintance where it can be found save at this place.
For instance, I will give you the price for board at the best hotel in this part of the State
--it is kept by the prince of all land lords, Jno. L. Dougherty
, one of the best Southern men that lives — board per week, $4; for man and horse, $6.50, and I assure you that he will feed you as well as the Exchange
, of your city, save the oysters.
One thing is strange to us here, and it will seem strange to you and your readers, that so many good Southern
men from Kentucky
are fleeing from that State to find refuge in the adjoining towns here and here abouts.
Indenture to assert, Mr. Editor
, that there are enough of these men here and in Abingdon
to form a number one company.
They, it seems, are the salt
The remains of one of the best and most esteemed young men of our county reached here on Sunday last, from near Staunton
I allude to Henry C. Kelly
He was the admiration of all who knew him. If I could, I would write an enology upon him, but I cannot find language to express my opinion of his merits.
Suffice it to say he died the soldier's death, not of the military alone, but that of the Christian