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the Philadelphia Inquirer gives an extended account of a visit of the privateer Sumter to Puerto Cabello, together with a copy of a letter from Raphael Semmes, her commander, to the governor of that place.--(Doc. 9.) A battle occurred at Summersville, Summersville is the county-seat of Nicholas County, the next east of Kanawha County, and is about fifty miles from Charleston, the central position of the Kanawha Valley. It is about twenty five miles from Gauley Bridge, and up the GauleySummersville is the county-seat of Nicholas County, the next east of Kanawha County, and is about fifty miles from Charleston, the central position of the Kanawha Valley. It is about twenty five miles from Gauley Bridge, and up the Gauley River. in Western Virginia, this morning. The Seventh Ohio regiment, Colonel Tyler, was surrounded whilst at breakfast, and attacked on both flanks and in the front simultaneously. The national forces immediately formed for battle and fought bravely, though they saw but little chance of success. The rebels proving too powerful, Col. Tyler sent forward to the baggage train, which was coming up three miles distant, and turned it back toward Gauley Bridge, which place it reached in safety. C
y, who are to accompany them all the distance to Charleston. Twenty-five men of the detachment detailed from the Hadison (La.) Infantry, marched ahead of the prisoners, the rear being brought up by twenty-five men of the Natchez (Miss.) Rifles. The party embarked in three cars specially provided for their accommodation, each car being guarded by fifteen Southern soldiers, very fully armed.--Richmond Examiner, Sept. 11. A battle took place about three o'clock this afternoon, near Summersville, Va. General Rosecrans, after making a reconnoissance, found General Floyd's army--five thousand strong, with sixteen field-pieces — intrenched in a powerful position, on the top of a mountain at Carnifex Ferry, on the west side of Gauley River. The rear and extreme of both flanks were inacessible. The front was masked with heavy forests and a close jungle. Colonel Lytle's Ohio Tenth regiment of Gen. Benham's brigade was in advance, and drove a strong detachment of the enemy out of camp
Benson J. Lossing, Pictorial Field Book of the Civil War. Volume 2., Chapter 4: military operations in Western Virginia, and on the sea-coast (search)
llainous. on the Gauley River, just below Meadow Creek, and eight miles from Summersville, the capital of Nicholas County. He left Wise with his force, called Wise'sntelligence that some National troops were approaching from the direction of Summersville, north of him. These were the Seventh Ohio, under Colonel E. B. Tyler, who, t he was a little too late. lie was encamped at Cross. Lanes, not far from Summersville, on the night of the 25th of August, and, while at breakfast the next mornincholas Counties, by way of Weston, Jacksonville, and Braxton Court House, to Summersville. His route lay arong some of the wildest of the mountain roads, over the weavalry dashed forward, and Floyd's vedettes were soon seen scampering toward Summersville, with information of the approach of the National troops. The latter passedintrenchments at the Ferry. The little army moved cautiously forward from Summersville, properly fearing an ambuscade. The Tenth Ohio, under Colonel Lytle, led th
se. Here he was reinforced, and outranked, about August 1st, by Gen. John B. Floyd, who, under the influence of the inspiring news from Bull Run, and the depletion of the Federal forces by the mustering out of service of the three months men, was soon able to assume the offensive. Keeping well to the right of New River — the main affluent which unites near Gauley bridge with the Gauley to form the Kanawha — he surprised the 7th Ohio, Col. Tyler, while at breakfast at Cross Lanes, near Summersville, The capital of Nicholas county. and routed it with a loss of some 200 men. Moving thence southerly to Carnifex Ferry, he was endeavoring to gain the rear of Gen. Cox, who was still south of him, when he was himself attacked by Gen. Rosecrans, who, at the head of nearly 10,000 men, came rapidly down upon him from Clarksburg, nearly a hundred miles northward. Most of the Union troops had marched seventeen miles that day, when, at 3 o'clock P. M. of the 10th, they drew up in front of Fl
f Carnifex Ferry, Eight miles southwest of Summersville, Nicholas County, Va., Sept 11. On the lgap in our lines had been purposely made at Summersville; Floyd had bit at the bait by coming in; anays, the army moved from Birch River toward Summersville late in the forenoon of Monday, the ninth i and by dawn the whole army was on the way. Summersville lay before us, but eight miles distant. A r march brought us into the single street of Summersville, and the rebels were seen scampering up a hng those parties — but let that pass. From Summersville to Cross Lanes was eight miles. Shortly d at six we were sweeping rapidly onward to Summersville, eight miles distant. As our scouters ascen scour the jungle. Five or six miles below Summersville, Schaumberg's Chicago Dragoons and a small rce from the direction of Sutton, along the Summersville road. On Tuesday morning Colonel McCauslin's regiment, which had been down at Summersville as our advance, was driven in, and the enemy encamp[1 more...]
leven wounded. Four men of the Thirty-sixth, on picket at Greenbrier Bridge, were captured. This was the maiden battle of the two regiments engaged. They are, however, believed to be the best. drilled regiments in the Mountain Department. Col. Crook of the Thirty-sixth regiment is a regular West-Point graduate, and has taken unwearied pains with his regiment in bringing it to a high degree of perfection in drill and discipline. He was quartered during the winter at Summersville, Nicholas County, Western Virginia, and there built a drill-house, seven hundred feet long, and drilled his regiment daily, and in all weather. He is now amply compensated by the veteran-like manner in which his regiment moved forward and vanquished a greatly superior force. The Forty-fourth, commanded by Col. Gilbert, is also a well-disciplined and drilled regiment, and deserve high honor for their part in this, the most signal victory ever won in Western Virginia. By a misunderstanding, the artillery
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Carnifex Ferry, battle of. (search)
force of Confederates into Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Ohio. Early in September Rosecrans marched southward in search of Floyd. He scaled the Gauley Mountains, and on the 10th found Floyd at Carnifex Ferry, on the Gauley River, 8 miles from Summersville, the capital of Nicholas county, Va. Already a detachment of Floyd's men had surprised and dispersed (Aug. 26, 1861.) some Nationals, under Col. E. B. Taylor, not far from Summersville. At the summit of Gauley Mountain Rosecrans encountered FSummersville. At the summit of Gauley Mountain Rosecrans encountered Floyd's scouts and drove them before him; and on Sept. 10, Floyd's camp having been reconnoitred by General Benham, Rosecrans fell upon him with his whole force (chiefly Ohio troops), and for three hours a desperate battle raged. It ceased only when the darkness of night came on. Rosecrans intended to renew it in the morning, and his troops lay on their arms that night. Under cover of darkness, Floyd stole away, and did not halt in his flight until he reached Big Sewell Mountain, near New River
and Elk, with outposts at Ripley and Barboursville; while 1,000 men were scattered in the rear from Gauley bridge past Summersville to Birch river, toward Rich mountain. He could not safely make the Parkersburg diversion suggested by Garnett and Leeon threatened by over 3,000 Federals at the Pocotaligo, 1,500 from Ripley to Sissonville, and forces from the north by Summersville. He had an engineer, Colonel Adler, a Hungarian, a man of consummate ability, science and bravery, aided by Prof. Thowly. He reached Lewisburg August 1st, and reported the enemy following in three columns from Fayetteville, Gauley and Summersville. The Confederate forces were now practically expelled from transmontane Virginia. Wise lay in the Greenbrier valleced posts. His main line was marked by a chain of posts, with a regiment or two at each, at Bulltown, Suttonville and Summersville, between Weston and Gauley. While the events we have described were taking place, an army was forming at Monterey f
d from the latter's command Tompkins' and McCausland's Twenty-second and Thirty-sixth regiments, and restricted the immediate command of General Wise to his legion. General Wise advanced with skirmishing to Dogwood gap, while Floyd occupied Summersville, one of the posts on Rosecrans' line, where he could make a flank attack either on Cox at Gauley or Rosecrans to the north, and he asked for reinforcements from Richmond. General Cox, with about three regiments, had succeeded in impressing hit one-third of the command effective. On the 25th, Colonel Jenkins' cavalry was defeated at Hawk's Nest near Piggot's mill by an infantry ambuscade, with a loss of 8 or 10 wounded. Wise, previous to this, had marched to the Gauley river near Summersville to aid Floyd, but had been returned to Dogwood gap. On the 26th Floyd achieved a brilliant success. Raising a flatboat which Tyler had sunk, he crossed the Gauley river at Carnifix Ferry and surprised Tyler's regiment at breakfast near Cross
, and two others, whose bodies floated down Muddy creek. A scout from Flat Top mountain into Wyoming county reported: Took Squire Clendennen, a noted rebel, prisoner, and fired on his son, who escaped to the mountains. A surprising affair at Summersville, or Nicholas Court House, July 25th, showed the activity on the other hand of the loyal Virginians. Lieutenant Miller, of the Ninth Virginia (U. S. A.), reported that he was awakened by a shot, and saw the street full of rebel cavalry, dressandotte valley to Wyoming. Lightburn's command in the valley consisted of two Ohio regiments at Raleigh Court House, two companies of West Virginia cavalry at Camp Ewing, 10 miles in advance of Gauley bridge, four West Virginia companies at Summersville, and the remainder of the Ninth and Fourth infantry and Second cavalry, West Virginia Federal troops, at different points from Gauley to Charleston. He soon began concentrating upon hearing of Jenkins' movements, and the force at Raleigh fell
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