The War news.
Yesterday the skies were bright and the air cool and bracing; but still the same quiet pervaded the military lines in front of Petersburg
as during the preceding wet weather.
Should there now come a freeze, succeeded, as it surely would be, by a thaw, the campaign against Richmond
, so far as any serious and extensive operations are concerned, may be fairly considered as ended; but even then it is likely that Grant
will, with every temporary return of firm ground, attempt some minor enterprise.
have, of late, had nothing to say about the Dutch Gap canal
At last accounts, Butler
had only two hundred negroes at work upon it, and this small force of laborers was prevented by our batteries from doing full work.
We feel pretty confident that this enterprise will not be completed in time for the canal to be used before next spring
If we are right in this conclusion, the great Yankee fleet recently collected in Hampton Roads
was not destined, as has been conjectured, to operate against Richmond
, but was brought together either for an attack on Wilmington
or to succor Sherman
when he shall have marched across the State of Georgia
The Yankee papers say the navy has been, for a long time, ready to attack Wilmington
, and only waited for the co-operation of the land forces; and the Louisville Journal
has told us that Sherman
, after devastating Georgia
, will exchange signals with Commodore Porter
on the Atlantic coast
Before taking leave of Grant
's army, we will state that soldiers, just from Colonel Mosby
's command, assure us that the Eighth Yankee corps is still in the Valley
, and that no organized force has left Sheridan
's army to reinforce Grant
From the Valley.
Notwithstanding the diminution of force in the Valley
, the Yankees
still stir themselves occasionally, by way of variety, as will be seen from the following official dispatch:
reports that the enemy's cavalry, in considerable force, drove in our cavalry pickets this morning, advanced to Mount Jackson
, and crossed the river.
It was met by some infantry and one brigade of Rosser
's cavalry and driven back, General Rosser
pursued, driving the enemy beyond Edinburg
in confusion, and compelled him to abandon his killed and wounded.
is on this side of Woodstock
, about thirty-six miles from Winchester
is twelve miles from Edinburg
, on the Shenandoah river
We are still without official advices from Georgia
Some intelligence, considered good, is said, to have been received at headquarters here on yesterday;
but we are unable to form the remotest idea of what it is. It is the general opinion, and we have no doubt a correct one, in well-informed circles, that Sherman
took possession of Milledgeville
Whether he met with resistance, or was permitted to take quiet possession, we have no means of knowing.
It will be seen from the extracts from Northern papers, published in another part of this paper, that the programme we chalked out for Sherman
is now to capture Macon
, and then to march on Savannah
The thing is a world easier to do on paper than in fact.
A private telegram from Augusta
, yesterday morning, announced that all seemed safe there at that time.
A Brilliant Exploit by Mosby's men — capture of a guerrilla-hunter.
One Captain Blazer
, a man remarkable for skill and courage, was, some time since, detailed from the infantry of the Yankee
army to operate as a guerrilla-hunter in Northern Virginia
He was given a lieutenant and eighty picked mounted men, armed with Spencer
carbines, and directed to devote himself especially to the capture of Mosby
's men. In the course of several months, by indefatigable scouting, he has managed to pick up a number of detached squads and individual members of Colonel Mosby
's command, and has made for himself a creditable reputation for energy and vigilance, both in the Valley
and in Northern Virginia
east of the Blue Ridge
But, hitherto, it has never been his fortune to encounter an enemy equal to himself in numbers.
Of late, he has been expressing himself as panting to encounter some innumerable, unlimited numbers of guerrillas.
The fulfillment of his wish, as will be seen, was not long delayed.
Last Friday, Captain P. A. Richards
, commanding companies A and B, first squadron of Mosby
's command, made an expedition into Clarke
to hunt up and to do battle with the doughty Blazer
, if the latter so willed it. On reaching the neighborhood of Cabletown, seven miles west of Snicker's gap, scouts reported Blazer
and his force advancing from the direction of Winchester
drew up his men in line of battle and awaited his approach.
heralded his advent with a shower of bullets from the Spencer carbines and then rushed down upon our troops.
, instead of awaiting his onset, determined to meet him in full career; and when the enemy was fifty yards distant, gave the order for his men to charge.
It has since been ascertained that Blazer
believed himself attacking a greatly inferior force, who would fly before his first onslaught.
He discovered his error too late to save him from its consequences.
The opposing squadrons rushed together with a crash.
There was a momentary struggle, an uproar of shouts, and the report of fire-arms.
's men gave way before the valor of our troops, and attempted to save themselves by flight.
On one side of the road was a wood; on the other, a fence, enclosing fields.
The fugitives made for a gap in this fence; a number were shot down before reaching it; others succeeded in reaching the field, hotly pursued by our men. A pursuit and running fight was kept up for four miles, our men never halting until Blazer
's organization was destroyed — himself and his men either killed, captured or dispersed in the woods.
The whole affair lasted not more than twenty minutes. In this brief time, Captain Richards
had captured Blazer
and thirty of his men, killed outright thirty others, among whom was his lieutenant, and scattered the few remaining members of his troops to the winds.
admits that he was beaten and broken up in a fair fight.
The strangest part of this story is, the small loss sustained by our men. We had one man killed and five slightly wounded.
The latter are believed to have been shot by our men in the excitement of the charge and the pursuit.
and eighteen of his command arrived in this city on Tuesday evening in charge of privates John A. Payne
and Harry Shand
, company B, Mosby
The rest of the Yankees
captured in this fight were too badly wounded to be removed from the neighborhood of the battlefield.
The following is the account given by the New York Herald's
correspondent of this affair:
"It is reported that a party of our men, who, a few days ago, went out in search of Mosby
's guerrillas, were met and overwhelmed by a largely superior force, after a severe fight, and that all but fifteen or twenty of them were either killed or captured."
's force numbered one hundred men; Blazer