The fight near the White Sulphur.
The Lynchburg Republican
contains a letter from Lewisburg, Va.
, giving some additional particulars of the fight at the White Sulphur Springs
As stated yesterday, the enemy escaped to Beverly, in Randolph county
, by the road which intersects the Warm Springs
road on Morris Hill, in Alleghany county
We captured three pieces of artillery and, it is said, 300 prisoners. The fight near the White Sulphur
is thus described:
The enemy, about 3,000 strong, commanded by Gen. Averill
, started from Moorefield, in Hardy county
, came through Pendleton
, and Pocahontas counties
, in which latter county they met and drove back beyond the Warm Springs
, in Bath county
, Col. Wm. L. Jackson
, who had but a small force.
From the Warm Springs
they came directly to the White Sulphur Springs
, in this county, at which point they were met by our troops, consisting of the 22d Va. regiment, Lieut.-Col. Barbee
; the 45th Va. regiment, Col. Brown
's battalion, Lieut.-Col. Derick
's battalion, Lieut.-Col. Edgar
's battery, (four pieces,) Capt. Chapman
; the 8th Va. cavalry, Col. Corn
; and Dunn
's battalion of cavalry, Lieut.-Col. Dunn
. Col. Patton
, of the 22d, commanding the brigade, in the absence of Gen. Echols
, and the whole commanded by Maj.-Gen. Jones
There were five regiments of the enemy, all mounted, and a battery of six pieces.
I suppose the forces were nearly equal, possibly the enemy were 300 or 400 the stronger.
A number of charges were made upon our troops, and each was handsomely repulsed.
All concede that our men exhibited the greatest bravery and endurance, for the fight commenced about 8 o'clock on Wednesday morning, the 26th inst., continued through the day and night, and ended about 12 o'clock on Thursday.
Our loss was about 30 killed, 60 to 70 wounded, and a few prisoners taken, among them Major
, Q. M. Lt.-Col. Barbee
had his arm broken, though it will be saved.
I cannot give accurately the loss of the enemy, as they buried many of their dead, and took off all of the wounded who could be removed.
They had seven to ten ambulances and a number of wagons full on their retreat, but they left upon the battle-field about 50 dead, 70 severely wounded, and we took besides about 60 prisoners.
The enemy treated our citizens in the neighborhood of the battle-field in the most wanton and devilish manner.
They destroyed utterly every article of household furniture
, broke up into small pieces chairs, cups, plates, dishes, bedsteads, bureaus, &c., tore open the beds and scattered the feathers in the yard, tore up all the bed-clothes, &c., wearing apparel
, broke the glass out of the windows, and destroyed the clocks even.
In a word, not an article of any description was left.
The milch cows
were shot, and all the corn, wheat, hay, oats
, &c., were taken.
They retreated towards Beverly
, and are a part of Gen. Kelly
followed them some 20 or 25 miles, but they made good their escape.
The 22d Virginia regiment, Lieut.-Col. Barbee
, lost nine killed and sixty wounded. --Among the wounded was Lieut.-Col. Barbee
, who was shot through the arm. The wound is not sufficiently severe to cause amputation.