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The Valley army.

Our latest advices from the Valley represent General Jackson as still occupying his position at Swift Run Gap, with it is believed, a fair prospect of an early engagement with the enemy. The force under his command is in good condition, and eager to meet the invaders in another encounter. Scarcely a day passes that there is not brisk skirmishing between the pickets of the contending parties, which generally results successfully to our cause, and the foe is made to feel that every step of his onward march is to be marked with the loss of men and horses.

A few evenings since, some twenty-five or twenty-six prisoners were brought to this city by Capt. John Henderson, of Ashby's Troop. They were captured in a skirmish on Saturday.

On Sunday quite an exciting little fight took place near McGaheysville, in which portions of the cavalry companies of Captains Baylor and Shands were engaged on our side. In this engagement, we regret to learn, Capt. Baylor received a very serious wound, from which he has since experienced great suffering. Before receiving his wound, however, he succeeded in killing one Yankee and wounding another. He is said to have acted with great gallantry in the engagement, and that when wounded he had drawn his sword and was dashing after the enemy, whose force largely exceeded his own.

On Tuesday an accident occurred which cast a deep gloom over Ashby's camp and by which the life of a most gallant and meritorious officer was lost. It seems that a member of Capt. Shands's company was removing a loaded musket from a wagon, when it was accidentally discharged, and the bill passed through the heart of Capt. Shands, killing him instantly.

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