The North Carolina
papers bring us some scanty particulars of the fight at Averysboro
' on the 15th and 16th instant.
They argue that the battle was a desperate one for the size of the force engaged.
The Raleigh Progress
says: "We have conversed with several wounded and other soldiers engaged in the fight, and they all agree that it was a desperate one.
Most of them our entire loss was about one thousand, while they say that of the enemy must have been four thousand or five thousand.--A gentleman, just from Weldon
on Saturday last, informs us that he saw an official dispatch from General Johnston
, which placed our loss at three hundred and fifty, and the supposed loss of the enemy at five thousand.
"The following is what we think, probably, approaching a true account, though among so many rumors we cannot vouch for the absolute truth of any: It seems that the fight commenced about noon on Wednesday, the 15th, and continued briskly until night.
Considerable skirmishing was carried on all night, and on Thursday morning the battle commenced furiously, and raged the whole day. General Hardee
, with about half a corps, was intrenched between Black creek
and Cape Fear river
, at no great distance from the confluence of these two streams, but at a point higher up than that at which the enemy crossed the former stream.
Here he was attacked by two corps of Sherman
's veterans, and our works were charged three several times, and each charge was repulsed with immense slaughter.
We do not understand the position of General Bragg
, but we are informed that his troops were driven back, which made it necessary for Hardee
to fall back to prevent being flanked.
He had to abandon two guns, the horses belonging to them being all, or nearly all, killed, so that he was unable to bring them off."
The Charlotte Carolinian
publishes something about the part borne by the South Carolina
troops in the fight.
"On the 16th instant, four miles below Averysboro
', which is between Fayetteville
, two corps, under Slocum
, and Kilpatrick
's cavalry, were met by Rhett
's brigade of South Carolina regulars, and held in check for five hours, until the arrival of General Stephen Elliott
's brigade (also Charleston
troops), when the enemy were handsomely repulsed.
We have no further details of the fight, but the results reported to us by an officer who participated in the engagement show that the Federals
, lost, as is estimated, about three thousand five hundred killed and wounded; our own loss being about five hundred.
"Colonel Alfred Rhett
, in command of the brigade, is reported missing.
"Killed in First infantry regulars: Lieutenant-Colonel DeTreville
, Lieutenant Glover
and Captain Quattlebaum
Wounded: Captain Press
, badly; Captain Burnett
, thigh; Captain Calhoun
; Captain P. Bacott
, knee; Lieutenant Horlback
, left eye; Lieutenant North
Wounded and captured: Lieutenant Ravenel McBeth
"First artillery--Killed: Captain Lesene
, son of Henry Lesesne
; Lieutenants LaBorde
Wounded; Major Blanding
, Captain Rhett
, Lieutenant Fickling
, Lieutenant J. Middleton
, Lieutenant de Lorns
, Lieutenant Robertson
Missing: Lieutenant Edward Middleton
, Lieutenant Frost
A letter from Major W. S. Downer
of the Lockville Mining Company
, of the 17th instant, gives some account of the doings of the Yankees
All the arsenal buildings, the market house, court-house, printing office, both foundries, all the mills, cotton factories, oil works, Mr. Mallett
's house, Mr. McLean
's house, &c., were destroyed.
They robbed the people of everything in the way of food.
I have a letter from Mr. Mallett
, in which he says 'some people must starve.'--The train has gone down to Little river
, to day, carrying a load of provisions."
The enemy seem to be making thieving raids into Western North Carolina
The Charlotte Democrat
"On Wednesday last, a squad of thirty-five Yankee cavalry dashed into the village of Monroe, Union county
, remained about an hour, and left, carrying off all the horses and mules they could gather up. A train of wagons, ten in number, belonging to a party of refugees from Chester district, had just reached the village, and were standing in the street when the appeared.
Of course the train was seized; and horses, mules, and wagons, with their contents, and nineteen negro men, were carried off. Thirteen of the negroes escaped from the enemy and returned to Monroe
the same night.
The loss is a heavy one to the unfortunate refugees, for we suppose the wagons contained all the valuables they possessed.
The women and children that accompanied the wagons were left standing in the streets of Monroe