From dispatches received in this city yesterday, we learn that Col. Ashby
was killed in a skirmish on Friday last, somewhere in the vicinity of Harrisonburg
We were 10th to believe this painful report, but later dispatches seem to confirm it. On Wednesday Col. Ashby
had a skirmish near Harrisonburg
, in which he captured several prisoners — among them Sir Percy Worden
, an English baronet, but now a Colonial in the Federal
We have received no authentic information regarding the skirmish in which the gallant Colonel
lost his life, and do not care to circulate the rumor current upon the streets yesterday evening.
Since the first invasion of Virginia
, Col. Ashby
has been actively engaged in the service, and probably no man has done more or better work.
Thoroughly acquainted with the country, constantly on the alert, active and brave, he has hung about the lines of the enemy, harassing them until his very name has become a terror.
His death will be a serious loss to the Confederacy
, and his place difficult to fill.