On Saturday morning last a portion of the 7th Virginia Cavalry, Robertson
's brigade, under Col. W. E. Jones
, engaged the 1st Michigan, 5th New York, and 1st Vermont Cavalry, at Orange Court- House
Our men fought with desperation, not having more than 100 at any one time in the fight, while the enemy's force was between 1,200 and 1,500. Ten of the enemy, including a Major, and eleven horses were killed, the dead bodies of the lather remaining in the streets of Orange Court-House
after the fight was over.
Four carriages were pressed by the Yankees
to carry off their wounded.
Several prisoners were captured, six of whom (Sergeant J. S. Trowbridge
and two privates of the 5th New York, and two privates of the 1st Vermont,) were brought to Richmond
by the Central
train last evening and committed to the Military Prison
Some few of our men were captured in the skirmish, but none killed.
, of the 4th Georgia battalion, who was near the scene of action informs us that the enemy retreated by way of Terrill's Ford across the Rapidan river
Our troops occupied the town on Saturday night.
Conflicting reports of this affair were in circulation yesterday, but the foregoing statement is derived from a source entitled to full confidence, and may be relied on as correct.
It has been conjectured that this advance of the enemy's cavalry was made with a design to destroy a train of cars which had been running from Gordonsville
to Orange Court-House
, but in this they met with a signal failure.
We understand that our pickets were driven in previous to the fight, and that one man was killed.
This may have given rise to the report that our men were forced to retire before over whelming numbers, and that the enemy took possession of Orange Court-House
The impression prevails that a general engagement cannot be long delayed.