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attacked them on or near Flat Top mountain, when a sharp skirmish ensured. Insisting some four or five hours, in which we had one man killed and some wounded, while the enemy's loss was between forty and fifty killed and wounded, besides capturing some fifteen prisoners. In the retreat of the enemy, by some means Colonel Jenifer got it into his head that the enemy were being reinforced, when he ordered his men to make their escape. He made his way to Princeton, the county seat of Mercer county, a beautiful little village, and had it burned up. He proceeded on some short distance, when he met the Forty-fifth Virginia regiment going to his relief. He alarmed them by stating that the enemy was in hot pursuit, and for them to make their escape. he hurried on to Dublin or Wytheville, and alarmed the people by stating, as well as telegraphing to the War Department that from 1,500 to 2,000 Federals were advancing upon the points above mentioned — Of course this caused excitement.