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rossing a gully, had exploded, providentially injuring but three men, but scattering the contents all around, and blowing the caisson all to atoms. The accident was occasioned by a percussion-shell being carelessly packed. We arrived at the Jackson River road at one o'clock, and made a halt for the detachment under Major Slack to overtake us. We marched up the valley of Jackson River, and after night burned a rebel camp and potash factory. We encamped for the night at Gatewood's, and here waJackson River, and after night burned a rebel camp and potash factory. We encamped for the night at Gatewood's, and here was plenty of corn and wheat for our horses; it had been snowing during the day, and a cold, wintry night, but there was plenty of rails for fuel, and we slept by blazing fires. Next morning resumed the march up the Back Creek valley. This morning a dog ran a fine buck into the water at the picket-post, which they secured. We burned an extensive saltpetre works, and another winter encampment of the rebels. Our train was fired into by a bushwhacker, but he was secured after receiving a broke
Frederick H. Dyer, Compendium of the War of the Rebellion: Battles, Virginia, 1863 (search)
th Cavalry. PENNSYLVANIA--18th Cavalry. UNITED STATES--Battery "M," 2d Arty. Union loss, 4 killed, 12 wounded, 14 missing. Total, 30. July 25: Skirmish, Barbee's Cross RoadsMICHIGAN--1st Cavalry. July 25: Expedition from Yorktown to Gloucester Court HouseMASSACHUSETTS--2d Cavalry (Detachment). NEW YORK--8th Indpt. Battery Light Arty.; 118th Infantry. VERMONT--9th Infantry. July 25-27: Scout to Goose CreekNEW JERSEY--1st Cavalry (Detachment). July 25-Aug. 3: Expedition from Portsmouth to Jackson, N. C.NEW YORK--7th Cavalry (1st M. R.). PENNSYLVANIA--11th Cavalry. UNITED STATES--Battery "L," 4th Arty. July 27: Action, WythevilleOHIO--34th Infantry. July 27: Skirmish near Snicker's Gap(No Reports.) July 28-Aug. 3: Operations about Fairfax Court HouseMASSACHUSETTS--2d Cavalry. July 31: Skirmish near AldieMASSACHUSETTS--2d Cavalry. July 31-Aug. 1: Skirmishes, Kelly's FordILLINOIS--8th and 12th Cavalry. INDIANA--3d Cavalry. MASSACHUSETTS--5th Battery Light Arty. NEW YORK--6th, 8th
From Western Virginia. --It will be seen from the following letter to the Lynchburg Virginian, that Gen. Lee expected to make an attack upon Rosencranz about the time the latter's forces slipped away: Sewell Mountain, Lee's Encampment, October 2d, 1861. Mr. Editor: Yesterday evening we arrived here, after five days weary and toilsome march from Jackson river. We are now encamped within two miles of the enemy. From a high hill where our cannon are planted, the enemy's encampment is plain to view. I visited the heights yesterday evening, and viewed the encampments of both armies; and from all the information that I can collect, the enemy has about 15,000 men, (though there are rumors that they have more,) and 20 pieces of cannon, pretty strongly fortified on top of Big Sewell mountain. Our army has 17,000 or 18,000 men and 28 pieces of cannon, and are well fortified on the same heights, within less than two miles of the enemy's camp, on the eastern side of Big Sew
he fact that we cannot successfully meet the enemy, except in the mountains, with the climate, diseases, and difficulties as our allies, and that we cannot maintain ourselves there without adequate transportation in the rear. From the enemy's position at Ganley Bridge, to which he has water transportation to Sewell, is thirty miles, and from Lewisburg, to which we ought to have transportation by rail to the same point, is also thirty miles.--By the lack of railway from Lewisburg to Jackson river, thirty-six miles, we have more than twice the difficulty of the enemy in reaching the Sewell, which is the Gibraltar of the mountains. This disadvantage the enemy is increasing by using the winter to mend the roads on his side, while we delay or hesitate to do the same on ours. If the enemy enter Greenbrier and Monroe, he secures portable property, useful and tributary to war, worth more than it would cost to extend the Covington and Ohio road, by temporary track, to the westward of t
The Averill Raid. The following official dispatch was received at the War Department in this city yesterday: Top of Sweet Springs Mountain,Via Dublin, Dec. 20th. To Gen. S. Cooper, A. and I. G.: The enemy, finding this point guarded, turned off from Scott's and went towards Covington. They may attempt to cross from Rich Patch to Danlap's Creek. Gen. Echols E blockading the road. I am informed from three different sources that they have burned a number of their wagons, killed their broken-down horses, lost much of their ammunition, and are travelling in haste. I have seen this morning a large fire in the direction of Jackson river, or bridge. (Signed,) Sam. Jones, Major-Gen.
, Gens. Early, Jones, Fitz Lee, Jackson, Echols, and McCourtin, arranged in a from Staunton to New port, upon all the available roads to prevent my return. I captured a dispatch from Gen. Jones to Gen. Early, giving me the position (and that of Jackson at Clifton Porge and Covington.) which he was selected to carry. I marched from the front of Jones to that of Jackson during the night. His were pressed in at a gallop by the 8th Virginia mounted infantry, and the two bridges across Jackson river saved. Although faggots had been piled ready to ignite, my column, four miles long, hastened across, regardless of the enemy, until all but my ambulances and a few wagons and one regiment had passed, when a strong effort was made to retake the first bridge, which did not succeed. The ambulances and some sick men were lost, and by the darkness and difficulties the lost regiment was detained on the opposite side until morning, when it was ascertained that the enemy seemed determined to m