The Averill raiders — a probability of their capture.
What little information we have with reference to the Yankees
justice the hope at least that the greater portion of the force will be captured.
Finding the road to the Sweet Springs
effectually obstructed, they took a road leading by way of junction Store and the Roaring Run
Furnaces in Botetourt
, which intersects the Fincastle
road about six miles from Covington
On Saturday night they camped in the Rich Patch Valley
, and on Sunday morning resumed their march towards Covington
They had destroyed their entire wagon train, consisting of forty negroes, and their artillery caissons, and also killed all their spare horses.
At the junction of the Roaring Run
roads they were met by Colonel Jackson
and his command, and a brisk engagement ensued, in which the raiders were driven back and two hundred and fifty of their number captured.
The rest of the party continued their retreat in the direction of Junction Store, in Botetourt county
, near which point it is understood Gen. Imboden
the citizens were turning out in crowds to the aid of the regular forces, and were rendering most efficient service.
The passengers by the Central
train last night state that a report prevailed in Staunton
that our forces were but a few hours behind the enemy, whose horses were completely broken down, and little doubt was entertained that the entire party would be caught.
Another report stated that Averill
, finding himself hard pushed, had attempted to ford Jackson
's river at Clifton Forge
, and that in the attempt a number of his men were drowned, which caused him to desist and fall back from the river in the direction from which our forces were approaching.