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town of Bridgewater, which is six or eight miles south of Harrisonburg and west of the Valley turnpike. --From that point the camp of the enemy can be plainly seen. Their force is variously estimated at from twenty to forty thousand. At Waynesboro' they destroyed only the depot; the flour mills were not destroyed, nor were any of the private houses. The flour from one mill was distributed among the negroes. Our cavalry charged the Federal troops in the streets, driving them in confusioheir desire, to burn private houses by the way. At Staunton they destroyed only the depot. Wickham's cavalry brigade are represented as having displayed conspicuous gallantry, being the foremost in charging the enemy in the streets of Waynesboro'. Passengers by last night's train report that all is now quiet there. The trains are running to within a mile and a half of Staunton. The bridge over Christian's creek was but slightly damaged and is already repaired. From the Rapi
s division of cavalry and one brigade of Merritt's. Torbert entered Staunton on the 26th, and destroyed a large quantity of rebel Government property, harness, saddles, small arms, hard bread, flour, repair shops, etc. He then proceeded to Waynesboro', destroying the iron bridge over the south branch of the Shenandoah, seven miles of the track, the depot buildings, a Government tannery, and a large amount of leather, flour, &c., at that place. He found the tunnel defended by infantry, and ired viaStaunton. It is my impression that most of the troops which Early had left passed through the mountains to Charlottesville; that Kershaw's division came to his assistance, and, I think, passed along the west base of the mountain to Waynesboro'. I am getting from twenty-five to forty prisoners daily, who come from the mountains on each side and deliver themselves up. From the most trustworthy accounts, Early's army was completely broken up and is dispirited. Kershaw ha
does not appear to have advanced beyond that point with his infantry, but his cavalry went as far south as Staunton and Waynesboro'. They succeeded in destroying the bridges at South river and Christiana creek and in doing considerable damage to the burg, October 1, 9:30 P. M., has been received by this department. It states that-- "I have been to Staunton and Waynesboro' with the cavalry, and destroyed the iron bridge on South river, at Waynesboro', throwing it into the river; also, the Waynesboro', throwing it into the river; also, the bridge over the Christiana creek, and the railroad from Staunton to Waynesboro'." Details of future operations are, for obvious reasons, omitted. The following dispatch is the latest received from General Grant: "City Point, Va., OctWaynesboro'." Details of future operations are, for obvious reasons, omitted. The following dispatch is the latest received from General Grant: "City Point, Va., October 2-- 8:30 P. M. "Major-General H. W. Halleck, Chief of Staff: "Generals Butler on the right, on James river, and Meade, southwest of Petersburg, occupy the same position as yesterday. There has been but very little fighting to-day. A
for a week; that his couriers are all capture and his supply trains cut off.--They are boastful of his successes, but it is valent that they are fearful that his now will amount to more than his in his grand rush up the Valley to Staunton and Waynesboro'. His flight from Waynesboro', till he reached Harrisonburg, was wild and precipitous, leaving dead men and broken down negroes, wounded and exhausted horses and soldiers. It was only when our men relaxed in the vigorous pursuit that they begWaynesboro', till he reached Harrisonburg, was wild and precipitous, leaving dead men and broken down negroes, wounded and exhausted horses and soldiers. It was only when our men relaxed in the vigorous pursuit that they began to pilfer and burn. They fired the barn of Mr. Isaac Parkins, on the Valley pike, about eight. miles from Staunton. One party spared it through entreaty, but another squad came along and applied the torch. The Herald of the 7th says they have received nothing yet from Sheridan. It was reported that a force of rebel cavalry had dashed into Edinburg, a small town midway between Woodstock and Mount Jackson, burned the bridge and captured the guard. This is in Sheridan's rear. The
nts prisoners and carried them away, excusing themselves by saying there were more attendants than necessary; took away some of the negroes hired to the hospital and all those belonging to individuals who were willing to go; pressed upwards of ninety negro men to tear up the railroad, of which it is said they destroyed a mile or two; and all this was done with admirable system and order. On Tuesday evening--about twenty four hours after their first entrance — they left us, going in the direction of Waynesboro', and we heard nothing of them until this morning about one o'clock, when they passed through our town so noiselessly and with such order that the majority of our citizens did not know anything unusual had taken place whilst they were slumbering. They are said to have left the Valley turnpike about a mile from town, and to have taken the Spring Hill road, and that their hasty retreat was due to a check which they received at the hands of our brave soldiers near "the tunnel." *
ersburg. There was no news of importance from Petersburg yesterday. Some cannonading was kept up on our left during Monday, but without result. The Yankee army have pulled down all the dwelling-houses between Petersburg and City Point, and are constructing winter quarters out of them. Sherman's campaign. Official dispatches received from Georgia give the particulars of a fight between Wheeler's cavalry and the enemy, which took place last Saturday, in the neighborhood of Waynesboro', between Millen and Augusta, and about twenty miles north of the former place.--Wheeler attacked Kilpatrick's cavalry on Saturday evening and drove them back upon their infantry, and about midnight made an attack upon the Yankee infantry. The next morning, Kilpatrick, with his cavalry and the Fourteenth corps of Yankee infantry, attacked Wheeler, who had thrown up breastworks, but were repulsed with heavy loss. Kilpatrick was reported to have been wounded. Wheeler was subsequently, how
ight hundred horses and mules, and one hundred and twenty army wagons. On the 4th, he claims to have taken three more guns and destroyed four railroad bridges. Among the advertisements is one offering "Two Dollars Reward, Confederate Currency," for the whereabouts of "Jube, answering to the name of Early," and One Cent Reward for General Rosser. One advertisement informs General Early that no more artillery horses in such bad order as those turned over to Sheridan at Cedar creek and Waynesboro' will be received; another is signed "Jubal Early, commissary for General Sheridan's army," and calls for the people to furnish "donations" of provisions to Custer's division. The following is the contents of the poet's corner. It was cut off rather unexpectedly, as the Yankees had to leave before finishing it: A kind friend has favored us with the following song, as sung by the Charlottesville Glee Club: How do you like it as far as you've got? Jefferson D, Jefferson D, Are
, Va., Friday. Lieutenant General U. S. Grant, Com'dg Armies United States: General --In my last despatch, dated Waynesboro', I gave a brief account of the defeat of Early by Custer's Division. The same night this division was pushed across teys of the public buildings. I had to remain in Charlottesville two days. This time was consumed in bringing over from Waynesboro' our pontoon trains. The weather was horrible beyond description, and the rain incessant. The two divisions were durie state of the roads, detained me. Up to the present time we have captured fourteen pieces of artillery, eleven at Waynesboro' and three at Charlottesville. The party that I sent back from Waynesboro' started with six pieces, but they were obliWaynesboro' started with six pieces, but they were obliged to destroy two of the six for want of animals. The remaining eight pieces were thoroughly destroyed. We have captured up to the present time, twelve canal boats laden with supplies of ammunition, rations, medical stores, &c. I cannot s
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