From the Valley.
--A letter from General Early
's army, dated the 6th instant, says:
We have been engaged during the past eight or ten days (Rodes
's division) in fighting Averill
He has about four thousand and some artillery, with which he drives in our cavalry every day or two, and compels us to go out and whip him back.
This is not a very dangerous business, but it is very harassing to infantry, and by no means profitable, as we cannot catch them.
On Wednesday, we drove him back to Martinsburg
and returned to our camp at Bunker Hill
the same evening, a distance of twenty-five miles. We found nothing in Martinsburg
, as the Baltimore and Ohio railroad has not been rebuilt.
This road and the canal have not been used since the 1st of July, and must be a serious annoyance, as this is the season when coal is carried to Baltimore
All of Sheridan
's army has moved down to Berryville
had a sharp little affair with the Right corps near that place on Saturday, driving them back on the Sixth corps.
On Sunday we went over there and returned here yesterday, having accomplished nothing except to hasten back their cavalry force, which had retired as far as Front Royal
-- in a raid, it is supposed.
On reaching the Valley pike
about sunset, we found our old friend Averill
driving in our cavalry, so our division took a tilt at him again, driving him back to Bunker Hill
It was raining in torrents all the time, and we stopped the pursuit an hour after night, and had to march two miles to camp.
It was a dreadful night, but we are all right now.