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that I learn by a gentleman (more direct from Beverly) that they are there as prisoners, with about 500 others of the troops which were at Rich Mountain under Colonels Heck and Pegram. The retreat was made through the woods to the road leading from Beverly to Laurel Hill, with a view of joining Gen. Garnett; but finding that he hves of these young soldiers. I will only add, that the history of modern warfare shows few examples of a better contested field than was this engagement of Cols. Heck and Pegram, with 12 or 1500 men against 9,000 of the enemy. The reports of killed and wounded are so conflicting that I will say nothing. Had Garnett been able to hold Laurel Hill, the retreat of Heck and Pegram would have resulted well, and with that of the five companies under Tyler, would have left the enemy but few captives to take charge of. The destination of the prisoners is not yet settled. All accounts give the pleasing intelligence that the officers and many of the men o