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Southern account.

son's Movements — Important --Arms and Medical Stores &c.

fullest intelligence from Jackson's is contained in letters in the Republican, of Saturday. Over worth of medical stores and 8,000 stand have been captured from the enemy. blican learns from passengers who from Stanton Friday that General army, with the exception of those uard the prisoners captured, and the was on yesterday morning at Williams Maryland, without the least show of in the vicinity to oppose themselves report is about twenty miles above Ferry, and we suppose about ninety altimeter and seventy-five or eighty Washington. Whether the army would further was not known. The number prisoners taken up to Thursday morning the courier left, including those was estimated at forty-three hundred .

The Republican's correspondent, writing from north of Winchester, May 25th, says:

‘ the enemy by surprise and put them before one-fourth of our forces had the town. The cavalry, among which Wise Troop and Jack Alexander's charged upon the Yankees in the killing many and capturing a large of prisoners. Ashby's and Stuart's did good work by taking two railroad which were loaded with provisions, ging in prisoners all day Friday.

’ number of prisoners captured, as well learn and see, amounted to about hundred, most of whom are Maryland .

captured a large amount of stores . Among the latter are about five improved cavalry six-shooters, an very much needed.

old that the stores captured amount to $400,000. We also took three pieces

we entered Front Royal, the women met us with shouts of the live we passed through the place in , we could not stop to partake of so generously and profusely on all hands.

day at early dawn, we were again to pay Gen. Banks a visit, who mped at Strasburg, twelve miles dis after reconnoitering for several hours, by's cavalry marched down the road to Middletown, which is six miles in Strasburg, and Gen. Ewell's command road to Newtown, twelve miles in Strasburg. At 2 o'clock a courier re at Banks was on the retreat, and had Middletown, but that two regiments of were still left behind at Strasburg Middletown as a baggage guard.

Johnson's division, under the of Brigadier-General Elsey, was at down the road to Middletown, in the enemy. On our march we met after detachment of Ashby's men and horses. Among one of the of prisoners, about twenty in number, woman, mounted. When we came to we found hosts of prisoner the road blockaded with dead and , and wagons heavy ladened with &c., together with dead and Yankees.

our column for about eleven we halted for a few hours. We at Banks had passed the road to the Valley pike, Newtown, command had entered the road kept up we within three miles . We found along the road about one hundred wagons loaded with baggage, together with a number of boats (not of the gunboat order) on wheels, which Banks had destroyed for fear of their falling into our hands.

At early dawn this (Sunday) morning, we advanced and attacked the mighty Banks in front of Winchester. After fighting about one hour, distributing shell and Minnie balls profusely, our boys made a charge, when the Yankees left at double quick, after setting fire to the town and burning their commissary stores.

The Lee Battery of Lynchburg, and two others were ordered to pursue in a gallop, and the command was obeyed they shelling the enemy for five miles.

When the army passed through the town, men, women, and children, were shouting, ‘"thank God we are free — thank God we are free once more!"’ Confederate flags and white handkerchiefs were waved from every window, and the happy smiles of lovely women on all sides met the wearied soldier and cheered him as he hurriedly passed through the place in pursuit of the flying foe.

After pursuing the enemy for six miles we were brought to a halt, and left the finishing stroke to the cavalry, who have captured a large number of prisoners, who have been sent in through out the day. The final result of the achievements are yet unknown.

Prisoners tell the that Gen Banks has said he was afraid that he would have to surrender his whole command, and to be received of the painful necessity and to save his own bacon, left before day on an extra car.

The fire in the town was extinguished by our boys after the commissary stores were destroyed, but we succeeded in saving all of the medical stores and ammunition, both of which were very large. We also secured the depot and train of cars, both of which were well filled with provisions.

The Yankees left behind all their knapsacks, a large quantity of arms, which they threw away, and lots of trinkets, which the boys have been examining all day.

Having been on the march for twenty-two days, and all of the previous right, our General Stonewall allowed us to go into camp to rest, but I guess we will be off again in the morning in pursuit of the Yankees.

In neither of the engagements we have not had one-fourth, no, not one sixth-four forces engaged, and I cannot see why the enemy have flee in such confusion, star so short a stand.

I am happy to state that no Lynchburg was hurt in either engagement, and but very few of any other command.

We captured a large number of stolen negroes. The Yankees had married a number of the women and were taking them home with them. I have seen some that refused to go, and others that had been forced off at other times that had returned.

At Front Royal we captured 1, 479 prisoners, and eight or nine hundred at Winchester, and numbers from points north are being hourly brought in.

At Strasburg we took six pieces of artillery.

W. W. H.

Taylor Hotel,

Winchester. Va. May 28, 1862.
This beautiful inland town has assumed quite a lively appearance since we drove the detestable Yankees from its vicinity, and the people are once more breathing the air of freeman and not of slaves. To-day I heards lady say that she was once more free, and the niggers were niggers again.

Up to this time we have captured and have in this place between 3,000 and 4,000 prisoners, and I am told that 1,100 more of the Hessians have been captured near Harper's Ferry and Martinsburg.

We have now in this place 8,000 stand of arms, taken since we entered Front Royal, besides a number of pieces of artillery, together with the largest quantity of the best ammunition of all grades that I have ever behold.

The medical stores captured are estimated by the druggists of this place to be worth at least $200,000. Among them are articles very scarce in the Confederacy and much needed by the Government. We captured five hundred pounds opium and two hundred gallons castor old, both of which are greatly needed, and have been shipped to the hospitals in Lynchburg.

To-day news was received that the Yankees had burnt the depot at Charlestown, together with all the stores.

A portion of the army moved this evening and it is reported that the balance will follow in the morning. Their destination is unknown, but the impression prevail that they will not stop until the State of Maryland is free. God grant that it may be so.

During the sojourn of the Yankees in this place the people were not allowed to communicate with any one, either North or South, without the letters being first scrutinized by the Provost Marshal and no Virginian who would not take the oath of allegiance was allowed to purchase goods from the North or elsewhere; but Yankee importers did all the business, and upon our approach on Sunday morning, left at double-quick, leaving behind all their stock of goods. Some few Jews were permitted to traffic, who had the audacity to refuse our money for merchandize, but old Stonewall has had them all arrested, and their goods, like those of their Northern friends, have been confiscated, and their dens closed.

It will be, no doubt, gratifying to the people of Lynchburg to hear that the Lee battery from that place, was fully in the fight on Sunday last, and it has been positively ascertained killed and wounded 43 of the invaders of our soil, who had polluted the Old Dominion by their presence, and left their carcases for the vultures of the air to prey upon.

For want of paper I must close.

W. W. H.

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