Raid on Wytheville.sharp skirmish in the street. The Yankee field officers killed several houses Burst — retreat of the Marauders.
The following official dispatch was received at the War Department yesterday: Wytheville a little before sunset yesterday. Almost at the same instant two newly organized companies and the employees of this place — in all about one hundred and thirty men — with two field pieces, whom I had dispatched under Major T. M. Bowyer, by the passenger train, arrived. A sharp skirmish immediately commenced in the street, and continued about three quarters of an hour, when Major Bowyer retired with a part of his men, and brought them off in the train. Capt. Oliver and two citizens were killed, and Lieut Rosany badly wounded. The enemy lost Col. Poland, commanding the brigade, one other Colonel, one Major, and seven privates killed; one Lt. Colonel, and about 25 men wounded, and in our hands. The Lt. Colonel, Powell, is reported mortally wounded. I am informed they lost every one of their field officers. The command left Wytheville about 10 o'clock last night, retreating towards Tazewell Court-house. It is just now reported they are coming down Walker's creek to this place. If they retreat by the way they came they will probably be intercepted and cut up. They paroled on their retreat 75 or 80 of our men, whom, I suppose, they found it inconvenient to carry off. Of course the parole, under such circumstances, is worthless, under their own order. The damage to the railroad can be repaired in an hour or so. The jail, commissary and quartermaster storehouses, and several private houses, were burned.
[Dublin is in Pulaski county, on the Virginia and Tennessee Railroad, 28 miles cast of Wytheville.]