Tatewell C. H., Va., Sept. 9, 1861.
It is reported in some of the papers that Tatewell has furnished her quota of volunteers.
This is a slight mistake; when she shall have sent off the present (8th company) she will very nigh have performed her part.--I may say that Tazewell
stands first in Floyd
's brigade; and not second in furnishing volunteers from Southwestern Virginia
She has only eight companies attacked to the brigade mentioned:
Crops of all kinds were never better throughout the Southwest
Enough has been raised to supply the Confederate Army.
Your correspondent had an interview with Senator
, brother of the celebrated H. Clay Pate
, on Friday evening last, just from Boone C. H. He gives some interesting incidents connected with the fight at that place.
It seems that our forces were small, and that the enemy, aided by a number of traitors, numbered about four times as many.
The fight occurred on Sunday morning, early in the day. We lost, only one man, and the enemy about 25 or 30. Mr. Pate
made his escapes into Wyoming county
, and there endeavored to raise forces to go to the relief of the citizens of Boone
, but found it of no avail.
On the contrary; he was informed that efforts were being made to organize Union companies.
Another gentleman, assisted by several others, arrived at this place yesterday with two prisoners from Boone C. H. One of the gentlemen with the prisoners was in the fight spoken of. He informs me that the vandals, after causing our small force to retreat, entered the village and applied the torch to every house in it except an old stable.
He reports the fight a desperate one--our force of about two hundred fighting an army of near 1,200.
He assures me that we lost only one man, and that the enemy's loss was near one hundred.
He was informed that it was near one hundred and fifty or two hundred.
The prisoners brought here are said to be Union men. They were sent from this place to-day for Wytheville
, on their way to see the President
Yesterday morning, about 3 o'clock, a runner from General Clopton
's camp arrived in our town bearing dispatches to General Rees T. Bowen
, to call out the militia of this brigade, and march them to his relief by way of Wyoming Court-House.
This, of course, threw our community into a high state of excitement.
Many of our citizens were ready to be off, but others were anxious to see the General
and his Colonels
first, hearing that various appointments were to be made by them.--General Rees T. Bowen
, who has always been ready and willing to render what service he possibly could to the Government
, immediately ordered the militia of three counties — viz: Tazewell
— to assemble at this place on Friday next, to rendezvous immediately at Wyoming Court-House, there to await the orders of Maj. Gen. Chapman
It would not be amiss to state that Gen. Bowen
was with Gen. Floyd
in the battle at Cross
Lanes and there done his county some service.
He will lead the militia from this county, and I am not boasting when I say they are proud of such a leader.
visited our county during our recent Circuit Court.
While here, he addressed the people upon the subject of the war, the Virginia Convention, the recent Legislature; and announced himself a candidate for the next Congress of the Southern Confederacy.
is hard to beat, and it seems to your correspondent that unless we have a war horse
to run against him, he will be one of the next-representatives from Virginia
in that Congress.
No man in our district will make a better representative.
If I should go along with the militia from this county next Friday, you may hear from me. Highlander.