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The Daily Dispatch: May 7, 1862., [Electronic resource], The spirit of Freemen. (search)
The reported advance of the enemy towards Wytheville. The Lynchburg Republican, of yesterday, contains a letter dated Dublin Depot. May 5th, a portion of which we copy: I have been astonished at the excitement existing upon the Virginia and Tennessee Railroad along this point, in relation to the reports of the advance of the Yankees. I visited Wytheville, where I learned that our forces were surprised at Rocky Gap, which is ten or fifteen miles the other side of Mercer Court House, and all retreated but two companies, who fought the enemy 6 or 8 hours, when both sides beat a retreat. Our loss was one killed and eight wounded. Colonel Jenifer came back and alarmed the people of Wytheville and Dublin, reporting the Yankees advancing in large force, having before he left ordered the town of Princeton (Mercer C. H.) to be burnt, and all our stores, which was done; and it is reported that some muskets were destroyed, though it is believed the citizens saved the guns. Col.