Cavalry fight in Kanawha.
On the 28th inst. a brilliant and successful exploit was performed by a portion of the 8th Virginia cavalry in Kanawha county
, Va. A correspondent of the Lynchburg Republican
On the 24th ult. Capt. Lewis
, with the Kanawha Rangers Border Rangers
, Border Grays
, and Tazewell Troopers, making in all about two hundred effective men, took no the march for a place known as the mouth of Loup creek
, where were posted some several hundred Yankee cavalry.
They had quite an arduous march over trackless mountains and through a scarcely settled country, most of the time having nothing for themselves or horses to subsist upon, yet the boys never uttered a single word of complaint, for they were too anxious to chastise a who had so ruthlessly lorded over their homes for the last night months.
Having ascertained from loyal citizens on their march the numbers and position of the enemy, Captain Lewis
knew that he must surprise and take the enemy at a disadvantage to whip them.
So early on Saturday morning, coming upon the Yankee
pickets, he charged them with his whole command, and followed right at their heels, smash into the middle of the Yankee
Then the work begun, our boys using revolvers and sabres freely, and the Yankees
fleeing in every direction, some on horseback, but the majority afoot, not having time to get their horses.
The scene at this point was grandly exciting; our boys might be seen in every direction, in squads and alone, pursuing the Yankees
, and when they came in striking distance.
I could see from the flash of their eyes and by the mighty power with which they their heavy sabres, that they were thinking of smoking houses, devastated plantations, and outraged humanity.
We killed nice, captured some sixty prisoners, besides sixty horses, one hundred navy revolvers, sabres, carbines, saddles, bridles, &c., and lost one man killed.
Twelve Yankees attempted to swim the Kanawha
, four were drowned, and the rest about laced and were taken prisoners.