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been most neglected. The recapture of the dreary country penetrated by McClellan and Roscencranz is of secondary importance. But the possession of the rich and beautiful Valley of the Kanawha, with its prolific Saline, which has been overrun by Cox, is of primary importance. No portion of the State of equal extent is half so important, and we look with great interest to the operations of Generals Floyd and Wise. True, the salt of Kanawha would have to be wagoned eastward over the mount hundred thousand bushels of salt from Kanawha, this article, at two dollars and a half a sack, or a dollar a bushel, would be worth half a million of dollars to the South--a sum of money two or three times as great as the cost of a large military expedition to that region. Considered as a mere measure of finance, the expulsion of Cox would pay. As an article of comfort, health and necessity, the South might afford an expedition for the recapture of Kanawha, costing $6 a sack, or $3,000,000.
d exclusively by the married men and heads of families, amounting to 413. It begged that they might be exchanged, in order that they might return home to provide for their families, whom, they alleged, were suffering. Another was from the three months volunteers, whose time has expired. The President read them all, and then passed them to Mr. Blair, who filed them carefully away. Skirmish in the Kanawha. The Ohio State Journal, of Monday, says: By a special dispatch from General Cox to Governor Dennison, from Gauley Bridge via Gallipolis, dated the 17th, we learn that our advanced guard, the 11th Regiment, had a skirmish with the enemy's outposts near Big Sewell mountain, 23 miles in advance of Gauley Bridge, the day before, in which five of the rebels were killed and several wounded. Our men had three slightly wounded. Nova Scotia vessels Trading with the South. The Boston Post, of the 12th inst., says: Several vessels from Nova Scotia have recently
uff's regiment: The next day after reaching General Cox's Camp, on the Kanawha, a battle took place, fivewever, were not to blame; they fought gallantly. General Cox had 4 500 men within five miles of the rebels, wh was 1,500 men. Notwithstanding these advantages, General Cox sent only 1,100 men against them. He had not inflay if we were called upon. Col. Woodruff went to Gen. Cox, and begged him to allow the Second Kentucky Regiment to go to the battle ground. Cox replied that he had sent enough to take the rebels. In this he was mistakthe better judge. If his advice had been followed by Cox, the rebels would have been easily taken. This, however, is not all of General Cox's blunders; a still greater one remains untold. At about four o'clock on the evening of the fight, General Cox came to Woodruff, and told him that our men were victorious, but that the Colonund that our men, instead of being victorious, as General Cox had reported, were defeated. When Cols. Woodruff
The Federal Colonel Tyler. There is a Colonel Tyler in the Federal army, who beings to Cox's division, and whose regiment was marched into Nicholas county, to Summerville, with the view of getting behind Wise. This Colonel is well known in Western Virginia as a pedlar in furs, or rather a dealer in furs. His business was to buy skins from the hunters in that part of the State. He is a Yankee by birth and character. Those who know him well speak of him as a great rascal, and we have no doubt that he is, His general reputation among Western Virginians is that of a sharper and cheat. He acquired very considerable knowledge of the country, and learned all the high-ways and by-ways of the mountains. It was possibly this knowledge, more than any real merit, that placed so unmeritorious a man in a position of command. It was, no doubt, thought that a man so well posted on the topography of the country could easily find his way to its heart, and desolate the hearth-stones of those
command of Colonel Taliaferro, on Monday morning advanced to within three miles of their post, drove their pickets in, and then waited for hours for the enemy to attack us; but they feared to move out of their stronghold. We returned to camp, having marched about twenty-two miles and waded through several streams of water. We hear numerous rumors of the movements of Gens. Wise and Floyd, but nothing of a reliable character. The latest report is that they have engaged the enemy under Gen. Cox. This may be true, as reports of cannon were distinctly heard on yesterday and Monday. General Lee is said to be near Huttonsville. His future movements and the number of his troops, of course I am not informed of. The soldiers here have to perform pretty hard picket duty; but they obey the orders with alacrity and zeal. We have now about the healthiest encampment, perhaps, that can be found in the State. The weather is very unsettled, and rain has been abundant within the las
vate letters which we found in the mail captured, between Sutton and Summersville, by Colonel Croghan, of the Legion. For instance, the Cincinnati Gazette uses the following "official" language: "We have official advices this morning that Gen. Cox has taken possession of Gauley Bridge, Wise having retreated in haste, leaving behind him one thousand muskets, and other traps. We had supposed that the force marched to Bulltown from Beverly was intended to out off the retreat of Wise; but ifn soldier: "Sutton, the county seat of Braxton county, is pleasantly situated on Elk river. There is a wire suspension bridge spanning the river at this place. Col. Tyler here received a message that Wise and his force were headed off by Gen. Cox; he therefore made preparations for an attack from Wise," &c., &c. From the same mail, captured between Summersville and Sutton by a cavalry force, which, by mountain paths, was thrown in rear of the former place, I send you a letter writt
The Northern papers, and many of our own, have very much confounded the movements of our troops in Northwestern Virginia. We have two columns operating in that section of the State at considerable distances apart, over a most mountainous and impassable country.--One column, under Generals Lee and Loring are operating against Rosencranz, in the county of Randolph and on the Cheat Mountain, in the direction of Grafton. The other column, under Generals Floyd and Wisz, is operating against Cox, in the direction of the Kanawha Valley, in the county of Fayette, on the New river, which becomes the Kanawha below the mouth of the Gauley river. At the mouth of Gauley the enemy are posted in fores. The Hawk's Nest is on the right bank of New river, above the confluence of the Gauley. When, therefore, the enemy's dispatches from Cincinnati mix up General Wise in the movements of Generals Lee and Loring that very fact proves that their authors are ignorant of the real locality of Gen
on Gauley river, in Nicholas county. The writer says: "We have been constantly moving for a week, and have crossed the Gauley river and occupied the important position recently held by the enemy. We have had some skirmishing upon our pickets on our march, but not amounting to much. We had three men wounded in Captain Buchanan's company. Our scouts killed and wounded twenty or thirty of the enemy, and took some prisoners every day. We are now expecting to make a decisive movement against Gen. Cox in the Kanawha Valley.--Up to this time our advance has been extremely prosperous, and we think beneficial to the public service. If we can succeed in driving the Yankees from the Kanawha Valley, we shall have done essential service to the State. We have been passing over the wildest and roughest region of the State I have ever seen. Our toils have been great, but the people of the Brigade have borne them without a single murmur. I have been out of house every night, and for some days t
The Daily Dispatch: September 3, 1861., [Electronic resource], Correspondence of the Richmond Dispatch. (search)
erever I find Christians, I find friends; they don't seem like strangers. " When you get down and pray with them, all in the room kneel.--What a field, now, for energetic chaplains and colporteurs? The Christians of each town where troops pass, and are stationed, ought to employ a pious colporteur, to talk and pray with these brave defenders of our rights, and to distribute tracts and testaments among them. A Washington. a Vickers; a Lee, a Conrad, show that both Generals and privates are none the less brave and true, when Christians. I do not think it proper to give thus publicly the numbers and movements of our troops in these parts. Nor am I sufficiently posted to give their exploits correctly. Suffice it to say, we believe that Tyler and Cox are trying to get out of the way of Generals Floyd and Wise, and that Rosencranz is alarmed already at the not that is being thrown around him. We also hear of severs skirmishing in the Kanawha, in which our troops are successful.
the enemy — he one of their crack officers. It has for a long time been prowling through all this country, holding it in complete subjection. Tyler it was who boasted that he would march to Lewisburg at all hazards, and would catch Floyd and Wise and feed them on beans. It has now been defeated, routed and disgraced, with all its prestige gone. the people in this section have confidence in our strength again, and will rally to our standard at once. I think, too, the rout will alarm Gen. Cox, at Gauley Bridge, and I should not be surprised if he beat a hasty retreat to the Ohio river. Gen Floyd's advance to this side of Gauley, with nothing but a single ferry-boat in the rear to command a retreat over a dangerous stream, was considered rash by some, but rashness is sometimes prudence, and it has proven eminently so in this instance. we hold a position here from which four times our number cannot dislodge us, and are prepared at any favorable moment to make a rapid adv
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