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Correspondence of the Richmond Dispatch.military enthusiasm in the mountains — a Brace young soldier. Christiansburg, June 17, 1861. This county (Montgomery) has, as you have been informed already, sent five companies, averaging about 80 men, rank and file, and the sixth is waiting for their uniforms, now in the industrious hands of our patriotic ladies, who have for the last three months, all over the county, been rigging out our mountain boys in the inviscible grey. Capt., James C. Taylor has also raised nearly a full company, making the seventh. But the county has not sufficient slave labor to do the farm work at this busy season, and therefore Capt. T. does not intend to offer his company to the Governor until after harvest. One of the thirty North Carolina soldiers who volunteered to cross an open field exposed to the enemy's fire, to reinforce a part of our ranks too weak to stand the Federal force directed against it, in the Bethel Church fight, was a lad formerly
one of the severest and most arduous of the entire service. We have had to wade creeks, branches and rivers; camping upon the snow-clad ground, and often in the mud. We bridged the Sandy river in two places. Our orders are to report at Prestonsburg, and we will leave here on tomorrow for that place. Two of our men died en route for this place, but, as yet, the regiment is in good health. Before starting from Christiansburg the officers of the regiment held a meeting and sent Capt. James C. Taylor to Richmond, to ask of Gen. Cooper a suspension of marching orders, until the men were or could be supplied with overcoats; but the General refused to suspend the order and directed Capt. McLellend to send on five hundred overcoats. To our surprise, when they reached the regiment at Cedar Bluff, in Tazewell county, they were found to be made of cotton goods and were at once returned to the Captain at Richmond. The enemy left here in great haste. When they entered the town, the
The Daily Dispatch: January 8, 1862., [Electronic resource], The Harmoneans and the Charleston sufferers. (search)
Death of a missionary. --We learn that Rev. J. B Taylor, Corresponding Secretary of the Southern Baptist Mission Board, has received information, through a flag of truce, that Rev. Mr. Holmes, a native of this State and a missionary of the Foreign Mission Board, located in this city, was murdered at Yental, China, in October last, by Chinese insurgents. Rev. Mr. Parker, an Episcopal missionary, was murdered at the same time. The following were the circumstances as detailed by a correspondent of the New York Commercial: The insurgents were advancing upon Chefce and Yental, the village where the missionaries and their families resided, and Messrs. Holmes and Parker went out to endeavor to prevail upon them not to molest the villagers of the latter place. But their efforts to save the people were in vain. They were cruelly murdered, and their mangled, half burnt bodies were not found for more than a week afterward. Mr. Holmes was struck five times on the head with swords a
of sickness and detached service. I, therefore, take great pleasure in saying that I neither saw an excited man nor officer in the regiment. One little fact, connected with the Montgomery 7th, a company of eighty-five men commanded by James C. Taylor from Christiansburg, Va., will further show the resolution of the men. The day before Christmas, eight of Captain Taylor's men were on sick roll, but when the news arrived that the regiment was making ready for a fight every man shouldered hCaptain Taylor's men were on sick roll, but when the news arrived that the regiment was making ready for a fight every man shouldered his musket. The Captain enquired of them whether or not they could stand it to fight. Their reply was, that they would follow their "Captain to the devil;" if he could stand it, they could do so. So he had no sick men that morning. The news proved to be false, after standing in line of battle for two hours the General ordered us to fall back three miles above Paintville, where we are now busily engaged fortifying. This is a hard section of the country. The inhabitants are mostly unfriend
e enemy from the pine thicket. Col. Trigg at once marched his Regiment to the top of the mountain, and selected the "Montgomery 7th" and a company commanded by Capt. Burwell Akers, from Floyd county, and placing them under the command of Capt. James C. Taylor, directed him to perform the bloody job. The enemy, however, abandoned the point before. Capt. Taylor reached it, and gave up the field. Our loss in this engagement summed up as follows: Of Colonel Moore's men, five were killed and six Capt. Taylor reached it, and gave up the field. Our loss in this engagement summed up as follows: Of Colonel Moore's men, five were killed and six wounded; of Colonel Williams's men, six were killed and seven were wounded. The loss of the enemy could not be less than three hundred. A gentleman has just arrived from Prestonsburg, who reports that they lost, in killed, wounded, and missing, one thousand men. We are informed that they immediately retreated back to Paintsville, and there reported that they had lost but one man killed and two wounded. Their report is false, and calculated to deceive their own people. Our position was suc
The Daily Dispatch: January 24, 1862., [Electronic resource], "Sawery" Bennett's opinion of old Abe. (search)
McGruder, McKinney, McLaughlin, Montague, Murdaugh, Newton, Noland, Orgain, Pitman, Prince, Riddick, Rives, Robertson, Robinson, Rowan, Rutherfoord, P. C. Saunders, R. C. Saunders, Shannon, Sheffey, Sherrard, Spady, Small, Staples, Steger, Tate, Taylor, Thomas, Thrash, Tomlin, Treadway, Tyler, Vermillien, Ward, West, J. L. Wilson, Samuel Wilson, Woodhouse, Woodson, Woolfolk, Wooten, Worsham, Wright, Wynett-- Total 105. For Mr. Preston--Messrs. Baker, Barbour, Baskervill, Bouldin, Brooks, es, Jordan, Kyle, Lundy, Lynn, Mallory, Matthews, McCamant, McGruder, McKinney, McLaughlin, Montague, Murdaugh, R. E. Nelson, Newton, Prince, Reid, Riddick, Rives, Robertson, Rowan, P. C. Saunders, R. C. Saunders, Sheffey, Spady, Staples, Steger, Taylor, Thrash, Tomlin, Treadway, Tyler, Samuel Wilson, Woodhouse, Woodson, Woolfolk, Wright, and Mr. Speaker.--Total 67. For Mr. Russell--Messrs. J. T. Anderson, Bass, Blue, Booten, Bradford, Carpenter, Collier, Daniels, Edmunds, Franklin, Gatewoo