A Skirmish in Barron county, Ky.--a Bold Deed.
The Confederate News,
of the 26th, published at Columbus, Ky.
, has the following:
We have information, which we know to be reliable, of a skirmish which took place recently in the county of Barron
, in this State, in which a few Southern-Rights men displayed deeds of daring and valor unexampled in the annals of war.
, a well known citizen of Barron
, having become obnoxious to the Federal
forces at Greensburg
, on account of his political opinions, it was determined to arrest him. Mr. Hutchinson
hearing of their kind intentions toward him, and that a troop of 60 cavalry had been dispatched to execute the arrest, prepared himself in the best manner he could, to give them a suitable welcome, rallied among his neighbors a few men, who promised to stand by him. He also procured a few Southern soldiers.
The whole number of the Southern
force was 15.
After dark the Federal
force arrived at his house, and leaving their horses in charge of a portion of the troop, they entered the dwelling.
Finding their intended victim was out, they intended to search for him in the plantation and outbuildings.
, in the meanwhile, had drawn up his men around the yard fence, and as his foe left the house let them have a salute by a discharge of rifle shot.
This enemy promptly returned.
At the first fire six of Hutchinson
's men left him; at the third or fourth fire, four more decamped.
This left him with only four men; but this little Spartan band maintained the unequal fight until the foe retreated.
After the battle was over, there were eight dead men found in the yard and adjacent grounds, four more were ascertained to have died on the road back to Greensburg
, and four who entered the town are understood to be mortally wounded.
The party left in charge of the horses seized with fright, fled in the panic, and left thirty horses behind, all branded U. S. These the victorious Kentuckians
captured, and will let the Lincoln
men have them when they can get them.