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The Rappahannock line. The news from this line of operations possesses no special gesture of interest. The enemy have fallen back from Liberty Mills on the Madison county line, and formed a junction with the main body of their forces in Culpeper county. They are said to have a cavalry force of four or five thousand in Caroline and Spotsylvania counties Six hundred of these were at Caroline Court- House on Wednesday.
authorities and in the manner specified by military law; and any person concerned in writing or in carrying letters or messages in any other way will be considered and treated as a spy within the lines of the United States army. By command of Maj.-Gen. Pope. Geo. D. Ruggles, Col. and Chief of Staff. Gen. Pope has also issued orders to the different Generals commanding divisions in his army corps requiring them to seize all horses and mules in their vicinity, especially in Culpeper county, not absolutely needed by the inhabitants of the surrounding country. They are also directed to seize all stores not absolutely needed for the maintenance or subsistence of the inhabitants. From Washington. The Federal forces reoccupied Murfreesboro's Tenn. on the 18th inst. Wm. Pugh, the Union postmaster there, who was seized by the guerrilla Forrest, and carried off with the avowed purpose of hanging him, was subsequently released, and has returned to the discharge of his
Brutality. --Evidences of the brutal proceedings of the Yankees in Culpeper county accumulate daily. The latest case reported is that of Miss Ella Slaughter, an accomplished young lady, who was grossly insulted by a soldier, when she drew a pistol and commanded him to leave her presence. The ruffian immediately took his departure, but soon afterward returned with an officer and a file of men, who arrested Miss S. and imprisoned her in the county jail, where she remained at last accounts subjected to the fare and treatment of the most hardened criminal. The high- handed deeds of Butler in New Orleans will hardly bear comparison with the atrocities of Pope and his men in Northern Virginia.
From the Rappahannock lines. The failure of the Central train to reach this city last evening leaves us without any important information from the line of the Rappahannock. All the reports we have concur in representing the outrages of the army under Pope as intolerable.--Upon the negroes the recent orders have had a most deplorable effect, and they are said to have become insolent beyond forbearance. Some days ago the coachman of a gentleman named Somerville, in Culpeper county, walked into his master's chamber, arrayed himself in his best suit of clothes, took his watch and chain, returned to the parlor, and impudently told his master that for the future he might drive his own coach. Cases are reported where the negro women have attempted to slap the jaws of their mistresses, and it is quite common for them to dress in their mistresses clothes, put on their jewelry, and leave them in daylight, with the unpleasant assurance that they are going to play the piano for the "Nort
ached the city yesterday of a heavy skirmish near Orange Court-House, on Saturday evening commencing at 4 o'clock, and lasting some two or three hours, between a portion of our forces and a body of the enemy, who had crossed the Rapidan from Culpeper county. The firing is said to have been very rapid, and was heard for a long distance on the line of the Central Railroad. No details of casualties on either side have yet reached as, beyond the fact that three hundred of the enemy were captured, name of Prince. There is a report that other commissioned officers were taken, but of this we have heard nothing definite. The enemy were driven back across the river — or, in other words, "changed their base of operations" from Orange to Culpeper county. Direct communication between Richmond and Gordonsville has been suspended for some days past, and it was impossible to learn anything of operations on the Rappahannock lines until yesterday. Of the general movements of the two armies
The battle of Southwest Mountain. skirmishing Previous to the fight — the forces engaged on Saturday--rout of the enemy. The prelude to the battle of Saturday evening ocurred on Friday, in Culpeper county, beyond the Rapidan River, in a skirmish between the advance of our army and a larger force of the enemy. The latter retreated with some loss in killed and wounded, and twenty-one prisoners fell into our hands, including three commissioned officers, who arrived here by way of Lynchburg on Sunday night. The pursuit was continued for some distance, and the Yankee forces made a stand at Southwest Mountain, near Mitchell's station, about six miles beyond the Rapidan. Slight skirmishing was kept up on Saturday morning, and in the afternoon of that day, about 4 o'clock, an attack was made upon the enemy by a portion of the division of Gen. Ewell, and a brigade under Gen. C. S. Winder. Over 300 prisoners were captured in this engagement, including thirty commissioned
ugh the head with a pistol by a Yankee officer, but the act was immediately avenged by Lindsay's comrades, who thrust their bayonets into the Yankee, killing him on the spot. It is stated that the Orange and Alexandria railroad is in operation from Alexandria to Culpeper Court-House, and that Pope has been receiving heavy reinforcements over this route. The exact locality of the fight is said to have been on the plantation of the Rev. D. F. Slaughter near Mitchell's Station, in Culpeper county. The enemy carried off most of their dead and wounded, though a number of the latter were left on the field, and fell into our hands, but were subsequently paroled and sent to the enemy's lines under a flag of truce. Among the casualties not heretofore reported are the following: Capt. Wilson, A. A. Gen'l, Ewell's division, wounded; Col. Price, 14th Georgia, do. Everything continued quiet in the neighborhood of Gordonsville yesterday. There has been no engagement since th
From the Rappahannock lines. No train came in on the Central Railroad yesterday, but we learn via Lynchburg that Pope is still retreating and had arrived at Brandy Station about mid way between Culpeper C. H. and the Rappahannock river. His rear was much annoyed by our cavalry, who had captured several prisoners, and killed and wounded many of the retreating Yankees. It is stated that there are 3,500 Yankees in Culpeper county. Among the wounded Yankees at Charlottesville Maj. Jas Savage, of the 2d Massachusetts. He is a brother of the wife of Prof. Rogers, formerly of the University of Virginia. One of their officers, Lieut. Helwach, of the Pennsylvania Zouaves, asked to be parbled — desired the Captain of the post to release him on parole, saying that his company had been disbanded before the battle in Culpeper, and that he had used his best efforts to be kept out of the fight. He was informed that that was his misfortune, but it was not the fault of the Confederate
Returning to their homes. During the occupancy of Culpeper county by the enemy's forces, forty negroes, the property of Charles Moncure, Esq., of that county, left their homes and sought refuge in the camps of the invaders. Since the reoccupation by our forces, thirty-nine of the forty, disgusted with their new associates, have returned to their former homes, and express themselves as entirely satisfied with their sojourn among the Yankees.
ome ten or fifteen prisoners were brought down from Lynchburg, and committed to the Libby prison on Cary street. A rigid search was instituted upon all of the parties and on the persons of a few were found some very interesting and doubtless valuable papers. We were shown a deed executed by the "Right Honorable Thomas Lord Fairfax, Baron of Cameron, in that part of Great Britain called Scotland, and proprietor of the Northern Neck of Virginia," conveying a tract of 129 acres of land in Culpeper county to Isaac Campbell, dated October 6, 1776.--Also, a deed executed by the same party, conveying a certain tract of land in the county of Fairfax to George Fairfax, Esq., and Sarah Carlyle, son and daughter of William Fairfax , of that county, and dated in 1748. Besides , the same party had in his possession seven of deeds, and any number of blank certificated of ock in the Sperryville and Rappahannock Turnpike Company. All these were, of course, stolen from the clerk's office of Culpe
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