the late Skirmishes — Exaggerated reports — attack on Confederate militia — depredations of the enemy, &c.
Lynchburg, Va., Jan. 9.
of this city, will publish to-morrow two private letters, dated at Winchester
, on the 7th and 8th inst., and furnishing interesting intelligence from Gen. T. J. Jackson
The first letter says there has been no fighting, beyond some little skirmishing, in which three or four casualties occurred on each kids, and the capture by the Confederates
of two cannon and ten or twelve prisoners--When they enemy retreated across the Potomac
, they burnt the bridge across the Capon river
The force of the enemy was estimated to be from two to three thousand.
The second letter says that General T. J. Jackson
was on his return, having accomplished the object of his visit, which was the destruction of Dam No. 6, on the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal
, and some bridges on the Baltimore and Ohio Railway. General Jackson
lost in the expedition about twenty men. There was only a small force of the enemy in that quarter, and but little fighting.
It is believed that we may have lost more men than the enemy did.
On Monday last some five or six hundred of the militia, stationed near Col. Blue
's, on the Northwestern Road
, about fourteen miles this side of Romney
, were attacked at daylight by about 4,000 of the enemy from Romney
, and were soon put to flight.
We lost some three or four killed, and some few were taken prisoners.
We also lost two pieces of artillery and three baggage wagons.
The enemy burnt the mill near by and several dwelling-houses, including Colonel Blue
's, with his extensive barns, stables etc., and destroyed all his personal property and live stock.
The Federal villians shot an humble old shoemaker, in his own house, and then burnt the building over his body.
The latest intelligence received at Winchester
states that Gen. Jackson
had captured two pieces of cannon, and between thirty and forty thousand dollars worth of clothing and military stores.
Among his wounded is Capt. Alexander
, of an Arkansas regiment, who lost an arm.
also, has a letter from its special correspondent at Camp Alleghany, dated on the 6th inst., in which it is stated that no attack has yet been made on that Camp or on Monterey
, although it has been confidently expected for several days.
The enemy, after destroying what they could in Huntersville
, put off in double-quick, not taking time to release a Yankee prisoner, who was confined in jail.
Our force recently at Huntersville
was about 00, but the Commandant at that post had unluckily given furloughs to about 400, thus leaving a very small force at that point.
But for this deficiency in our force we could have whipped the Yankees
off, as they did not number over 500 men.
Snow has been falling at Camp-Alleghany
for the past 35 hours, and is still falling.
Notwithstanding, however, the severities of the weather, the soldiers are all contented, and prepared to drive the mercenaries from our soil.