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l raiding parties in every direction.--Averill's party from Lexington, or a portion of it, had crossed the James river, and camped last night a few miles from Buford's Depot, on the Virginia and Tennessee Railroad, 37 miles distant from Lynchburg. The raiding party, after burning Campbell C. H. it is supposed, will endeavor to effect a junction with Averill's command west of Lynchburg. Averill's force is estimated at 6,000, and prisoners who were captured in Amherst say that they belong to Stahl's command, which is the left wing of Averill's command, and 2,000 strong. Hunter is reported to be moving on Lynchburg via Lexington, but he will necessarily have to move slow, as his infantry and wagon trains cannot be brought over the mountain road with celerity. Of the movement of our troops it is needless to speak, as a few days' developments will render it unnecessary. I shall probably remain at this place until communication is securely and permanently established, as my facilities
im, as we turned his left, and thereby brought about his defeat handsomely. Tachurn's brigade of infantry suffered the heaviest in killed and wounded. Two special messengers previously sent to the rear with dispatches for the Herald, were captured by Gilmer's and some of Mosby's men, who not only took their dispatches from them, but held them as prisoners. One of the messengers was a negro — a bright boy in everything but color. Our forces are in hot pursuit of the enemy Stahl's division of cavalry and Sullivan's division of infantry were hotly engaged. The brigades commanded by Col. McKeynolds, of the 1st New York cavalry, and Col. Wynkoop of the 20th Pennsylvania did their work. The enemy's retreat is a complete stampede — a rout. On taking Staunton we found that every man and boy had been called out for its defence. Staunton is well fortified; but if the enemy had only remained to hold the place to the last extremity we would have captured t