In our notice of the evacuation of Winchester
it was stated that the Federal
troops had wantonly set fire to and destroyed one entire block of buildings.
From parties from the Valley
we learn that this block of buildings was in the very heart of the city, and included the ‘ "Taylor Hotel,"’ the largest and finest public house in the Valley
The whole square was swept by the fury of the flames, nothing but bare walls being left of the finest improved houses in the town.
In blowing up the magazine, the Yankee
who applied the torch was also blown up. Our cavalry force captured in the vicinity of Winchester
about 90 prisoners.
At Harper's Ferry
a large number of negroes were recovered by our forces, who belonged to parties in different parts of the Valley
We have heard the number stated as high as fifteen hundred.