--The Knoxville Register
has an account of Gen. Pegram
's fight near Somerset, Ky.
, from persons who participated in it. The first most important collision he had with the enemy was at Danville
The enemy only made a show of fight, and on a gallant charge being made upon them by Col. Ashby
's regiment, they fled at a rapid rate, and could not be over taken.
During the fight at Danville
, or immediately afterwards, Gen. Pegram
learned there was a force of twelve hundred of the enemy at Lancaster
, who, expecting he would be defeated at Danville
, intended to cut off his retreat.
On learning, however, their friends were defeated, they retreated themselves, and went so rapidly Gen. Pegram
could not overtake them.
then fell back with his whole command to within a mile or two of Somerset
, intending to recross the Cumberland river
and make his headquarters in the neighborhood of Monticello
On Sunday, the 30th ultimo, the advance of the enemy caught up with Ashby
's regiment, and had some skirmishing.
On Monday, the 31st, they came upon us with an overwhelming force.--They were said to have had four regiments of cavalry, five of infantry, and six pieces of artillery.
We had four regiments, and two battalions of cavalry, and three pieces of artillery.
The fight commenced about twelve o'clock, and continued until nearly dark.
Although we fought against greatly superior numbers, it is believed the enemy's loss was much greater than ours.
It is believed we had about forty killed, and the enemy eighty three.
Our killed, wounded, and missing are less than two hundred and as the missing were hourly coming in, this number will be greatly reduced.
The enemy were so badly worsted they did not pursue our forces that evening, but came to the river next morning after we had recrossed.
After a short artillery cruel they fell back, it was said, twenty two miles. It was reported that Col. Cluke
had fallen upon their rear and destroyed their wagon train, and this caused them to fall back.
The whole brigade recrossed the Cumberland river
, and are now near Monticello
and Staff were the last to cross the river.
The command brought out of Kentucky
some six or seven hundred head of cattle.