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The Daily Dispatch: August 25, 1862., [Electronic resource], From the Rappahannock lines.--the pursuit of the enemy--Pope Abandoning his wounded. (search)
From the Rappahannock lines.--the pursuit of the enemy--Pope Abandoning his wounded. An officer from the Rappahannock river gives us some highly important intelligence from our operations in that vicinity. The positions and movements of our army need not be mentioned; but we can state that the enemy is in full retreat and closely pursued by our troops. On Saturday morning heavy and continued cannonading was heard at Orange Court House up to the time that the train left. At Stevensburg about 10 o'clock A. M., on Wednesday, a party of our cavalry encountered a large body of Yankee cavalry and a brisk skirmish ensued. The enemy retired slowly and in good or for, and were perused to within two miles of the Rappahannock, when a charge was made with great gallantry by the Confederate horse and sixty odd of the Yankees were taken prisoners. On Thursday a portion of our troops were engaged with the enemy at Kelly's mill and another portion at of near Beverley's Ford, the artillery
whom, however, he took to be his own, that he had sent out and was expecting. He found out his mistake only in time to take horse and gallop off, leaving has and haversack behind.--It is stated, I know not if it is truly, that his haver sack contained important papers, and that two of his aids were taken. Monday and Tuesday there were some movements of troops, and Wednesday morning Jackson's corps started in pursuit of the enemy. That day a brilliant cavalry skirmish occurred near Stevensburg, between the 6th and 7th Virginia, I hear, and four regiments of the enemy, whom our men charged successfully, repulsing them, killing and wounding several, taking 68 prisoners and a number of horses. with only a slight loss on our side. The enemy is now represented as rapidly retreating towards Manassas. A striking commentary on Mr. John Pope's vaunting proclamation! I have no fear that our Generals will allow him to slip around and attack Richmond for below, while we are watchin