Doc. 146. fight on the Wautauga River, November 10, 1861.
in consequence of private intelligence received at Bristol
of the doings of the Union
men in East Tennessee
, Captain Miller
picked up a party of twenty-two young men, accompanied by Mr. J. R. Howard
as a volunteer, and started from Bristol
by the railroad at six o'clock. They sent lanterns ahead of the train and found the track torn up between Wautauga and the Union Station Bridge
; but the damage was soon repaired, and they passed over safely.
Arriving at Carter's Station
, they stopped and threw out pickets, and about midnight the little scouting party, under Captain Miller
, started to explore the country.
They had proceeded some three and a half miles through Carter County, Tennessee
, when they were met by a pretty heavy fire from rifles and shot-guns, which was promptly returned, and the skirmish was kept up with spirit for half a hour.
were some three hundred strong, and constituted the advance of a body of eight hundred stationed at Elizabethtown
, the mountain stronghold of the traitors.
We may state here that these men, as has been since ascertained from prisoners, expected a reinforcement of five hundred men from Wautauga County, North Carolina, a disaffected region adjoining Johnson County, Tennessee
In the fight the enemy were driven out of the woods, nine killed and five taken prisoners. The remainder retreated, and our scouts returned toward their camp.
received a charge of buckshot through his coat, and two of his men were slightly wounded in the feet.
The prisoners were taken to the cavalry camp at Carter's Station
Lynchburg Virginian account.
We are indebted to Captain H. H. Miller
, of the Twelfth Mississippi regiment, for the following particulars of an engagement between twenty-two Virginians
, under his command, and three hundred of the enemy, supposed to be under the command of----Taylor
, a former member of Congress from Tennessee
, which occurred at Taylor's Ford, on the Wautauga River, about two o'clock Sunday morning.
arrived at Bristol
on Saturday last, en route to Mississippi
, when intelligence reached there of the depredations that were being committed by the Union
men in East Tennessee
He was requested by General Clark
, who was in command, to make a reconnoissance with twenty-two Virginians
who had volunteered their services, and ascertain the position and numbers of the enemy on Wautauga River. Captain Miller
with his force arrived at Taylor's Ford, and had nearly succeeded in crossing the river, when they discovered the enemy on the opposite side in large numbers.
A fight ensued, when our force got within thirty yards of the enemy.
ordered his men to return to the shore and attack the enemy from that position.
Our men were so enthusiastic that it required his utmost exertions to restrain them from crossing the river and making a charge upon the enemy.
We sustained no loss.
received a slight
wound in the hand and one in the back, the ball glancing from his sword belt.
One or two others were slightly wounded.
The enemy's loss, as reported by two prisoners captured Monday, was nine killed and seven wounded, and their force is said to have been about seven hundred.
The people are gathering in large numbers, armed with every available weapon, and express great determination to resist any invasion.