Affairs in the Valley — cavalry exploits — the enemy visit Rockingham.
About the 25th of July a party of eighteen men belonging to Col. Harman
's cavalry regiment, under Lieut. Morrow
, made a dash upon the enemy at Nineveh
, Warren county, Va.
, and captured eighteen prisoners, forty horses, and fourteen wagons, with a large quantity of stores.
Ten of the wagons were destroyed for want of men to bring them off. Some important dispatches were also captured.--There were over twenty Federal horsemen with the train when it was attacked, but they took to flight after a brief resistance.
On the night of the 20th ult., a company of the 12th Virginia cavalry, under Capt. O'Ferrall
, entered the town of Luray, Page county
, in the hope of finding a body of the enemy, who had been committing various depredations upon the property of the citizens.
, however, had taken their departure but a short time before.
The Confederates were welcomed with great demonstrations of joy. At Newtown
, near Winchester
, Capt. O'Ferrall
's company captured and paroled a number of prisoners.
A large force of Yankee cavalry crossed the Blue Ridge
, from Madison county
, on the 24th ult., into Rockingham
, and arrested Dr. S. B Jennings
, Dr. S. P. H. Miller
, Capt. Kite
, Capt. Covington
, Geo. W. Sanford
, and Meredith Nighting
, residing near Conrad
They burned Mr. Nighting
's barn and dwelling house, alleging as a reason that a Yankee soldier had been shot and killed near that place.--Some of the parties were subsequently released but Mr.
N. was carried off into captivity.