The Federal forces under Gen. Averill
, who attacked and defeated Gen. Echols
in Greenbrier county
last week, left Lewisburg
in the early part of the present week, a portion of them taking the Warm Spring
road by which they could either pass back over the mountain, in the same direction they came, or move on Millboro' Depot, in Bath
, county, and the other division taking the road leading to Covington
, in Alleghany county
Passengers who arrived here last night from Staunton
report that a letter had been received there stating that the division which took the Covington
road appeared in front of that place, which was then occupied by Gen. Imboden
, on Tuesday evening. Gen.
I's batteries were opened upon them, and unexpectedly finding the place occupied, the enemy retired, after a short engagement.
Whether they retired with a view of recrossing the mountains, or to form a junction with the other division of their forces, was not known.
In the engagement on Tuesday Gen. Imboden
was slightly wounded.
His forces had fallen back within twenty miles of Staunton