the fight at Rockcastle — the Confederates Fall
back to Cumberland Gap
--a skirmish near Brownsville
— a Sharp Rebuke,&c.
From our exchanges we compile the following in relation to the progress of the war in Kentucky
The telegraph having kept us pretty well posted in regard to skirmishes &c., in that State, it is a hard matter to find anything which has not been before noticed:
The Rockcastle fight — reports as to the movements of the enemy.
A correspondence appears in the Nashville Union and American
, from Camp Buckner, Ky., October 28, from which we extract the following:
We are back at our old camp, after a hard march of about ten days. We went down to whip the Federals
, but the rascals were in an old wild-cat den, and we could neither get to them, nor get them to come out and fight us. In the skirmish we had with them, about 11 of our men were killed, and about 60 of theirs.
It is also said that they killed about 400 of their own men.
The enemy is reported to be in pursuit of us, and we will go to Cumberland Gap
in a day or two, and there we will take our stand and not allow even the devil to whip us. It is reported that the enemy were at Laurel Bridge night before last, ten thousand strong, but this is uncertain, as we have no way of getting news except from parties passing through.
When we attacked them at Wild Cat Camp, our boys wanted to go right through their midst, but our officers knew that would not do, so they ordered us to stand and fire.
The most of the enemy are well armed with the Minnie
and Sharp rifle, but they are far from being good marksmen, as they always shoot too high.
All we want now is a few good blankets and some winter clothing, and we will risk the balance.
A few of our men are sick, but none of them serious.
There are some few cases of fever and mumps, and that is about all the sickness we have.
The Bowling Green
correspondent of the Nashville Union
, writing under date of Nov. 4. says:
A skirmish occurred Saturday morning, near Brownsville
between a portion of cavalry, belonging to Gen. Hindman
's command, and a number of Federals, resulting in the capture of three of the latter, together with two horses and a United States
The prisoners were brought to Rocky Hill
yesterday afternoon, and will be sent here for safe keeping; the flag being the first captured by this division of the army, will be retained as a trophy.
Full particulars of the engagement have not been received, although it is stated that six of the Federals
were killed, while several of our men were severely wounded.
It is currently reported here that Gen. Tilghman
, with his entire command, has evacuated Hopkinsville
and withdrawn his force in the direction of Clarksville
, which latter place is being threatened with a land and water attack.
A Sharp rebuke,
A correspondent writing from Bowling Green
states the following:
An amusing incident, and one calculated to waken the Northerners to a keen sense of the hospitable reception with which they meet in their invasion of Kentucky
, occurred at Louisville
a few days since.
A regiment from the Northern
part of Indiana
was being transferred from Jeffersonville
on board the ferryboat, when, having reached the Kentucky
shore, the Colonel
of the regiment rode up the wharf, which was alive with young and able-bodied Kentuckians, who had assembled to witness their debarking, and not yet enlisted in the Federal
, who was surprised to witness such a gathering of men capable of bearing arms, remarked that it was ‘"d — d hard for Indianians to fight the battles of Kentucky
,"’ and asked, in an insulting tone, ‘"why Kentuckians were not engaged in this war?"’--An honest Irishman, who was standing by and heard the remark of the abolition Colonel
, replied that ‘"if ye wait till ye meet Buckner
, then yell see the Kentuckians"’The reply, which contained a severe rebuke to the impertinence of the interrogator and much truth, elicited not a little merriment from the crowd, and imparted to the Colonel
information of a character the truth of which will be verified, should he ever come in contact with Gen. Buckner
The Memphis Appeal
Amongst the Kentuckians who have sold themselves for Yankee gold, we observe the names of Saunders Bruce
and Capt. Worley
, of Lexington
— both well known to the ranchmen of the South
is to command a regiment of Lincolnites — a position for which he is eminently qualified by his thorough knowledge of all matters connected with the running stock
of the country.
's position has not been assigned him, but we hear he has applied for permission to sell pools on the next Bull Run
‘ "How much for the favorite?
Go it, Worley
; percentage is bound to tell."’
Concentration of Federal forces in Kentucky.
The Bowling Green
correspondent of the New Orleans Picayune
The evacuation of the Kanawha Valley
by the Federals
doubtless looks to a large increase of their forces in this State.
, and the balance of the ‘"veterans,"’ as they delight to call them, of Western Virginia
, will in all probability be in this State, with their respective commands; and a bold and vigorous blow at East Tennessee
will probably be the policy upon which they will act. Last Monday and Tuesday five regiments, three from Pennsylvania
, one from Minnesota
, and one from Indiana
, arrived at Louisville
's command; and as fast as they can be organized, or spared from other employments, their troops will be poured into ‘"loyal"’ Kentucky
They have now eleven regiments and three batteries from Ohio
, three regiments from Pennsylvania
, six regiments from Indiana
, one from Minnesota
, and two from Illinois
, altogether twenty-three regiments and three batteries, with probably six thousand Kentuckians and Tennessean, in the State
east of Cumberland river
— say a total of 30,000 men. It is possible they have other forces of which I am not informed, but I feel confident the estimate is very nearly correct, I would not be surprised if these were doubled in a fortnight.