Cincinnati, Nov. 12.
--The defeat of the Union
troops at Guyandotte
, Va., was accomplished by the treachery of the inhabitants conspiring with a force of rebels, variously estimated at from five hundred to one thousand men, who concentrated in the country back of the town.
These troops proposed, with the assistance of the rebel to habitants of Guyandotte
, to annihilate the Federal
troops stationed at the town, consisting of 250 men, port of a Virginia regiment and a few of Col. Zeigler
's Virginia cavalry.
It was arranged between the rebel cavalry and rebel citizens to massacre our troops in cold blood.
Accordingly these rebel citizens assumed a very friendly manner to our troops last Sunday evening, and invited them to their houses on various precepts, and all who were off duty accepted the invitations.--While being thus entertained the rebel cavalry dashed into the town.
Signals were displayed from every house where the General
soldiers were and into these the rebels rushed, murdering the unarmed soldiers in cold blood.
The rebel citizen, both men and women, rushed to arms and aided the cavalry the slaughter.
The small body of Federalist in the camp prepared as soon as possible for a defence, but they were overpowered, and had to break and retreat.
Very few were killed in the engagement with the rebels, nearly all the killed being murdered in the houses of the Secessionists.
Under these circumstances, when Col. Zeigler
arrived there, and learned the particulars of the affair, he ordered the destruction of the town, when the buildings were immediately fired, and the whole town was reduced to asb s.
Later from the Kanawha — the rebels Retreating.
Cincinnati, Nov. 12.
--Later advices from the Kanawha Valley
, Va., State that the rebels, who had been ling Camp Tomams from Cotton hill
, retired upon the approach of the force under Col. De Villers
. Nine of the enemy's pick is were killed, but there was no loss on our side.
Col. De Villers
at last account, had taken up a position on the hill.