Gen. Jones's expedition to the Northwest.
Mention has already been made of the movements of the forces of Brig.-Gen. Jones
, in command of our cavalry in the Valley of Virginia
The command left Harrisonburg
on the 21st of April, and proceeded to Greenland
, in Hardy county
, where they effected the capture of about ninety Yankees.
At this point the command was divided Col. A. W Harman
, with the 12th Virginia regiment and the Maryland
battalion, moving in the direction of Oakland
, on the Baltimore and Ohio railroad, and Gen'l Jones
to Chest river tunnel and Rowlesburg
, where he inflicted some injury upon the road, but did not succeed in destroying the immense trestle work on Cheat river
At Oakland, Col. Harman
surprised and captured some sixty Yankees, and destroyed a railroad bridge at that point.
he went to Cranberry Summit, where he burned the Cheat river
bridge, and then proceeded on to Morgantown, in Monongalia county
From Morgantown Col. Harman
moved up to Fairmont
where a junction was formed with the portion of the expedition under Gen. Jones
--At the latter point they captured four hundred out of six hundred of the enemy, two hundred escaping.
The fine suspension bridge across the Monongahela
was destroyed They also captured some 600 fine horses, and as many good beef cattle, and a large supply of goods of every description.
In noticing this expedition, a correspondent of the New York Herald
, in a recent number of that paper, says:
The rebels who had taken possession of Clarksburg
on Monday were reinforced on Monday night, and yesterday morning commenced moving Northward.
They crossed the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad at Mannington
, fifty miles east of Wheeling
, and burned the railroad bridge there, and proceeded to Morgantown
, near the Pennsylvania State
From thence they marched into Fayette county, Penn.
, where they were understood to have been last evening.
Their force was stated at ten thousand troops; but this is probably an exaggeration, unless they contemplate moving direct on Pittsburg
, which is not impossible.
The utmost excitement prevails at Wheeling
, and also at Parkersburg
, the people at each place fearing an attack from the enemy, whose strength is, as usual, greatly magnified.
There is some ground for the theory, also, that all of the movements east of Grafton
were feints, calculated to draw all of our troops to points east of that place, while they are throwing a heavy body of troops towards Pittsburg
The military authorities have authorized the statement to be made that the rebel troops who are marching in or towards Pennsylvania
are in a trap, and that the military arrangements have been so perfected that their capture is deemed certain.
Your readers will laugh at that, as they ought to. The rebels never run into traps.
When they have accomplished the object for which they invaded Pennsylvania
, they will retire in safety to Virginia
I make this statement because I know the facts in relation to it. Let events decide who is the best informed.