Facts in the Alleghany fight.
[correspondence of are Richmond Dispatch.]
Camp Alleghany, Jan. 1, 1862.
About half-past 3 on the morning of the 13th, we were aroused from our slumbers by the presence of an equestrian riding through the streets of our tented city, and crying out, the ‘"Yankees are coming."’ Soon were the three companies, which now composed Lieut. Col. Hansbrough
's battalion, drawn up in line and marched up the hill, north of the turnpike, and through the blockade, at the lower edge of which they took their position, some two hundred yards from the turnpike, in which there is a long bend northward, just west of our encampment,--Here we anxiously awaited the approach of the enemy, until the gray dawn of morning tinged the horizon, and made objects at a distance discernable.
Just at this moment we were apprised of the enemy's presence coming up the hill some 600 yards to our right, by scouts whom we had sent in that direction, and by seeing our pickets running into camp.
We were immediately faced to the right and marched in that direction, and had scarcely formed in a kind of wood road in the outer edge of the blockade, when we saw the blue coated gentry aligning on a knoll, in the woods, some two hundred yards distant.--Next came the order — aim — fire — and as to the fatality of that first volley, we would refer our friends to the pools of blood, which mark that spot, and the bloody trails, which from all directions converge there.
Seeing that the enemy were too numerous for our brave little band, we fell back through the blockade in as good order as possible, and were reinforced by the 31st Virginia regiment.
Thus reinforced, we rallied again; but, unfortunately for us, early in the engagement our gallant leader, Col. Hansbrough
, among the foremost, and gallantly cheering on his little band, received a painful though not dangerous wound.
If we had fought like men before, we low pressed upon our adversaries with the maddening fury of devils, determined either to conquer or idle.
Though our Colonel
was now borne from the field, we were not devoid of officers who, bidding defiance to Yankee bullets, were ever found among the first, loudly cheering on and encouraging their men. Among others, allow me to mention the brave Capt Wm. H. Mollohon
, who, in the fiercest and hottest of the contest, was stricken to the earth, and it is said by those who bore him almost lifeless from the field that he requested them to look behind a certain log near by where he had fallen, and there they found the body of a Yankee whom he had shot with his revolver; and he would have killed another, but had not the strength to cock his piece a second time.
Without any military skill or manœnvering, but by what may be termed regular bulldog fighting, we had now driven the enemy back near half a mile, when, from some cause or other about 100 men broke back from the rear of our advancing force.
Capt. P. B. Duffey
, in trying to rally them, discovered a company of Yankees in our rear, and immediately apprised Col. Johnson
of the fact.--The Colonel
seemed to doubt the assertion at first, but having advanced within two hundred yards of the enemy, who were in the field, and he in an exposed place in the edge of the woods, and received from them a broad side, he was convinced, and immediately ordered our men back.
That company of Yankees fled so rapidly that we never got sight of them again.
We then fell back to the turnpike, and a few of the more daring Yankees having followed us down the hill as far as our upper row of tents, we charged upon them, drove them from the field, and thus ended the fight on our right flank, and sent the Yankees
back to Cheat Mountain
on a double-quick.
This we know by seeing our artillery on the opposite hill firing at them in the turnpike about a mile distant.
then formed his force and marched them to the trenches on the opposite hill.
Here the fight continued furiously for about two hours longer, when the Yankees
were started on a double quick down the Green Bank
road, leaving many of their Dutch
and other hirelings upon the field.
The enemy attacked us simultaneously on both flanks, and our left flank, or the treaches, was bravely defended by the 52d and 35th Virginia regiments and the 12th Georgia.
Be it said of Col. Johnson
, that he was ever present where danger was most imminent, and we are most happy to congratulate him upon bit well-merited promotion to the position of Brigadier General
in the Southern
We are pleased also to return all due thanks to the three companies of the 12th Georgia, and the one company from the 25th Virginia Regiment, which asaisted us in driving the enemy from the hill on our right flank.
It is said by the Yankees
prisoners that between fifteen hundred and two thousand of their picked troops attacked us on the right flank, and between two and three thousand on the left flank.
List of the killed and wounded in Lt. Col. Hansbrough
Company A--M. Y. B. Colling
, killed; P. A. Masgrove B. M. Dawson
. J. W. Halterman
, and Herbert Murphy
Company B--Capt. Wm
. H. M l hon and Augustine Herner
, killed, Lt.
, L. D. Haymond
, Serg't Wm. M Rader
, J. W. Braeg
, J. N. Brown
, And, Ware
, and M. W. Howel
Company C--J. C. Green
and Therman Tinny, killed; J. B. Young
, Jas. A. Johnson
, wounded; wounded; Amt Paugh
, Leri Were, Leonerd Cutlip, Jas
, and J. J. Blankenship
, taken prisoners.