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asant rumor from Col. Githam's regiment, In Northwestern Virginia, was not credited by the authorities in this city. We have since received a statement of the facts gather from a private letter written by Quartermaster J. R. Mounteastle, of Company, "F," and deem it our duty to-day it before the public. The letter is dated Camp on Elk Mountain October 3d. Six days previous to that time, when the regiment was encamped on Middle. Mountain, (In the western part of Pocahonas county, near the Randolph line,) an order to retreat was issued, though from what cause is not definitly stated. It was a terrible night when this order was given, the rain pouring in torrents, and the darkness almost impenetrable, yet the tents were struck, the wagons loaded, and the regiment was ready in march at day break. After proceeding three miles the troops were brought to a halt be the high waters of Elk river, which rendered fording impossible. At this place, we regret to say, it was found necessary to
the enemy from Paducah and Cairo upon Columbus — from Cape Girardeau upon Bloomfield and from Ironton upon Pocahontas — and attributes their failure to advance further, to the disaster which they suffered at Columbus." A Lincoln Spy arrested. The Louisville (Bowling Green) Courier, of the 24th inst., says: A Lincoln spy was arrested a few days since in the neighborhood of Uniontown. His baggage was searched, and a complete plan of the fortifications at Dowling Green and Randolph, Tenn., was found. It is to be hoped that the vile miscreant will speedily meet with a just reward. Encountering a bear. We clip the following paragraph from the Cumberland Gap correspondence of the Nashville Garette: A few days ago, as a party of our regiment were out on a surveying expedition, they came across a bear and chased him to his den. The same beast came near frightening a picket out of seven years growth, who, for fear of raising an alarm, had to wait patiently unt
artily at work — The Mississippi valley is one camp. The wave is gathering which is shortly to meet and roll back the tide of invasion. Had the elements of resistance been thoroughly aroused, and the proper machinery sooner set in motion, much loss and suffering might have been avoided. It is now a matter of time. The enemy's advance will be stayed and his forces driven back, but at what point is somewhat doubtful. He may be able to compel the evacuation of Island No.10, or he may not. This will have no serious effect upon the eventual course of the campaign, or upon its final results, although upon the length of time during which that post can be held may depend the extent to which the advancing wave may go. Below Forts Pillow and Randolph the enemy cannot penetrate. Of further important movements we do not feel at liberty to speak, farther than to say that they are in the right direction, and it is only to be regretted that they were not sooner made. --Wilmington Journal.
emy, and was able to see the effect of our firing. He found it very satisfactory returned and directed the firing to be continued with the same charge of powder and at the same elevation. Several years ago a levee was constructed, extending many miles on the Arkansas shore above and below the fleet, to prevent the overflow of the country in that vicinity. The rebels, thinking we would take advantage of the dry land to cross over and erect batteries on the river below Forts Pillow and Randolph, came up Tuesday night, and, almost under the months of our cannon, cut this levee in several places. The consequence was the immediate foundation of the whole country on the Arkansas side, rendering it at once impracticable for any purpose that may have been entertained of crossing over and establishing batteries, below Fort Pillow. The present flood of the river will create channels of these cuts, and all land in the vicinity will be rendered forever valueless. A strong current now swe
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