From the Valley.
The news from the Valley
is not near so encouraging as that published in our yesterday's issue, and in some degree loss hopeful for our cause.
We see nothing in the news received, however, to discourage us, or to cause a feeling of gloom to ensue.
That our army has been repulse!, from the information before us, we are disposed to believe, but the confidence we feel in Gen. Jackson
, and his gallant troops, leaves abundant room to hope that his withdrawal from the field of conflict on Sunday, was as successful as his evacuation of Winchester
two weeks ago.
Our news is predicated upon a telegram received at the Governor
's office yesterday, from Major Harman
The dispatch state, that Gen. Jackson
engaged the enemy within a few miles of Winchester
, at half-past 4 on Sunday afternoon, and that the fighting continued till nightfall, when our troops fell back to Cedar Creek
, about two miles from Strasburg
Our less is thought to be about two hundred, a heavy proportion of which is in company officers — Among the killed or missing, the names of Captain Antrim
, Lieutenant Dale
, Major Jackson
, and Lieutenant Williams
It is difficult to understand the circumstances connected with this engagement, particularly as previous information seemed to leave little doubt of the evacuation of the town of Winchester
by the enemy.
This was doubtless the impression of Gen. Jackson
, or he would hardly have marched his men forty miles to engage a largely superior force.
The withdrawal of their force was no doubt a way to entrap him, and has too nearly succeeded, not to admit the question of a want of caution somewhere.
The telegram also states that the enemy were in pursuit of our forces; and if so, it is not at all improbable that a second engagement has taken place ere this.
Up to 11 o'clock last night, no later intelligence was received.
The following is an exact copy of the dispatch received by Gov. Letcher
, March 23.--Gen. Jackson
engaged the enemy, 18,000 strong, at Barton's Mills, five miles this side of Winchester
, Sunday at 11 P. M. After a severe contest, Jackson
was compelled to retreat, with heavy loss of men and officers.
, was wounded and taken prisoner; Lieuts. Dale
, of the 5th Virginia regiment, were killed, Capt. Buford
is among the missing.
and Lt. Williams
are missing and supposed to be killed.
Our loss is about 200. Gen. Jackson
retreated to Cedar Creek
Baggage all saved.
The enemy are advancing. A. W. Harman