The Averill Raid.
The following official dispatch was received at the War Department in this city yesterday:
Top of Sweet Springs Mountain,
Via Dublin, Dec. 20th.
To Gen. S. Cooper
, A. and I. G.:
The enemy, finding this point guarded, turned off from Scott
's and went towards Covington
They may attempt to cross from Rich Patch
to Danlap's Creek. Gen. Echols
E blockading the road.
I am informed from three different sources that they have burned a number of their wagons, killed their broken-down horses, lost much of their ammunition, and are travelling in haste.
I have seen this morning a large fire in the direction of Jackson river
, or bridge.