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s. All took the direction of Kelley's Ford. The enemy advanced so slowly that Gen. Lee was of opinion that he had gone down the river to cross at Raccoon Ford, and thus get in his rear; supposing the small force seen at Kelley's Ford only a party left to cover the rear, and to deceive him. Under that impression he boldly determined to go and meet him, and ordered a charge at sight. To the surprise of all, however, behind the small force first discovered was the entire cavalry division of Averill, in line, and seemed to have anticipated us entirely. Owing to the condition of the horses, their hard usage through the tedious winter, the want of proper and sufficient forage, the sum total of efficient mounted men Gen Lee was able to turn our, amounted to less than one thousand men. The great disparity of numbers did not intimidate this splendid brigade, and they darted at the Yankees as soon as the head of the column came in sight of them. The 3d Virginia led the charge and a mag
f the fight at Kelley's Ford. The New York Times has two telegrams from Washington on the 18th, which says: Gens. Averill and Pleasanton, with their troops and a battery, had a skirmish at Kelley's Ford yesterday. The rebels attempting totch from headquarters says a most brilliant cavacy fight occurred on the Rappahannock, at Kelley's Ford, on the 17th. Gen Averill forced a passage over the river in the face of a determined resistance by rebel sharpshooters, protected by houses, rited near. Stuart and Fitzhugh Lee had hastened from Culpeper to prevent our passage, and made some dashing charges upon Averill command but were reported. We charged them, using sabres only in the conflict, and with fatal effect. Whatever the enede. The enemy at last took position in an entrenched battery, four miles from the ford, by rific pits and battle Gen. Averill having accomplished his object, and securing his prisoners, the wounded on both sides and a large number of horses, re
Grant, and was possessed of great caution and much ability. He is the man who has led all the flank movements which have resulted in the flanking of Gen. Johnston from Dalton back to the rear of the Chattahoochee river. It was in making a flank movement on East Point — which, had it been successful, would have insured the isolation and siege of Atlanta — that he was himself struck in the flank by Hardee and lost his life. There is no man in Sherman's army who approaches him as a commander except Thomas, who though successful as a fighting General, has no reputation as a strategist. The Valley. There is nothing further from the Valley, except the report that we get through Northern papers that Gen. Averill, notorious as a raider and spoon thief in Western Virginia, was killed in the recent Confederate victory by Gen. Early. Petersburg was yesterday represented by passengers who came over as quiet, with the exception of occasional firing from the enemy's batteries
d, and telegraphic communications are soon restored — Destruction of property and robbery of stores do not involve impoverishment. Moreover, they have no natural effect upon the main movements of the armies. They are at most an interruption. We do not know of an instance in which they have compelled an enemy to retreat or to yield a strong position. Our own raids have been more or less failures. At the time of their occurrence we had glowing accounts of the raids of Stoneman, Sheridan, Averill, Wilson, and Kautz, and of the dash and brilliancy of their opponents. But beyond the loss of hundreds of gallant men, and some of our finest officers, and horses without number, to what did they practically amount? How will the columns of profit and loss when added up balance? We can have no better illustration of the practical result of these expeditions than that afforded by the recent visit to our doors. On the one hand, we have lost property, but we are very far from being ruined.
xpected manner, and have inflicted a serious disaster upon Federal arms. On Sunday morning they attacked, in the vicinity of Winchester, the forces of Crook, Averill, Mulligan, and Kelly, the whole being under the command of Major Gen Crook, and after a battle which is said to have tasted nearly the whole of the day, defeated e Gen Hunter joined them with the other part of his force and took command. Partien from Martinsburg report that the Confederates hurled a large force upon Gen Averill, capturing his artillery and a portion of his cavalry. It is reported that Major Gen Averill and Brig Gen Mulligan were killed. From Georgia. After reMajor Gen Averill and Brig Gen Mulligan were killed. From Georgia. After referring to the telegraphic reports from Georgia, the Gazette say: All that we really know is that the fighting has been very heavy; that the losses have been severe on both sides, and that Gen Sherman, up to Saturday last, did not occupy Atlanta. In losing Gen McPherson, Gen Sherman has lost his best officer, and it is
tered Atlanta. The defeat of the Yankees in the Valley. Speaking of the Yankee defeat in the Valley, the Baltimore Gazette says the Yankees under Crook, Averill, Mulligan and Kelly were not pursuing the "rebel raiders" when they met with their reverse, but had discontinued the pursuit. They were near Winchester on Sunday of Sunday, further than those given by parties from the vicinity of Martinsburg, which are to the effect that the Confederates massed a large force in front of Gen Averill, and hurling it upon him succeeded in capturing all his artillery besides a portion of his cavalry. Gen Averill is reported to have been killed, and acting BriGen Averill is reported to have been killed, and acting Brig Gen Mulligan was seen to fall from his horse and is believed to have been killed. No other losses of Yankee officers are reported. The forces of Gen Hunter, who was not himself present in the engagement, are said to have been greatly outnumbered by the enemy. Late last evening there was no telegraphic communication beyond