1862: preceeding Battle of RIchmond

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1862: preceeding Battle of RIchmond - 5T The fielta, this forenoon, issued an extra,...
5T The fielta, this forenoon, issued an extra, containing the following intelligence intelligence : -' -' FIGHT AT BATON ROUGE. GENERAL. WILLIAMS KILLED. GEN. BRECKINRIDGE WOUNDED. We have the following note from an officer at Baton Rouge : BATeif Rouge, August 5. Dear C. The enemy advanced eaily this morning. Gen. Williams went oat to meet them, and led his men in person. I have no time for details. Nims's battery thrice repulsed the foe, and did them great slaughter. Tbe iebela were lad by Gen. John C Breck inridge. He lost his right arm by a cannon shot The fight took place on the edge of the town, Gem. Williams being unwilling to expose tbe helpless women and children. It was a fierce conflict, bat we were victorious. We have captured a large number of prie- prie- onjsa among them capt. tfiunt, uen. urecE-inridge's urecE-inridge's urecE-inridge's aide-de-camp. aide-de-camp. aide-de-camp. aide-de-camp. aide-de-camp. We shall send the prisoner, to New Orleans. Orleans. - I have delayed saying that your friend, my friend, our chief aad guide, Geo. Williams, waa killed. Onr men displayed the most wonderful valor. Nine's men are entitled to imperishable imperishable glory. Two of oar regiments were not in the fight Gen. Williams behaved like a hero. He went into the conflict with all the ooolnee. of a man going to church. I do not know the exact loes of the enemy; but it most have been severe, because oar men charged and recharged upon them. We hojd onr own, and have, besides prisoners, prisoners, taken three of their guns. I have no time for farther particulars, x. HI organ laieatacky. The Cincinnati Gazette, of the 22J ult., says "the Frankfort (Ky. Commonwealth, Commonwealth, ot Friday, the 16th, gives the following following lively acconnt of the excitement at tbe Kentucky capital, over the movements of Morgan : " On' Sunday there fame the news, with all needed concomitants of verity, that John aforgan was certainly at Rough and Ready on Saturday night (only eight miles from here,) and that be would be in Frankfort eometime during Sunday. To meet and repel such aa attack there wa. not a soldier in the place, although we were c bee red with the prospect cf atsictacce from Louisville, as a regiment had been telegraphed a. being on tbe way. But then Morgan might get here before the regiment did, and what then? It was all important to check him some distance from town, and give him the beat fight we could. Tle courthouse bell was rung, the citiiens Ducked in, the lion. James liarlan took the chair, and propounded tbe question whether wa rbculd currender or defend the town ? The latter proposition was carried unanimously. unanimously. Mr. Harlan then proposed that the whole force, whatever it might be. be placed nnder the immediate command of Lieut. CoL George W. Monroe, of the 22d Regiment, who was casually in Frankfort on buainee. connected with hi. regiment now at Cumberland Gap. Tbi. wa. carried with an enthusiastic shoot, and Col. Monroe accepted the charge with the assurance that be would do his best to protect hie own beloved chy of Frankfort. CapU Mills was present, and summoned his company of Heme Guards to repair at once to the armory, armory, and get ready to march. There still remained remained eome seyenty or eighty citizens who were not enrolled in any regular company, but they mustered upon the Public Square, and there chose for their officers Robert Richard-eon Richard-eon Richard-eon (Superintendent of Public Instruction) for Captain, Major John B.'al.jor for lat Lieutenant, Lieutenant, and CoL A. G. Hodge, for 2d Lieutenant After some extemporized, bnt really very good drilling, by Capt Richardson, and being fur-nitbed fur-nitbed fur-nitbed with ammunition, they were prepared for a forward movement, when suddenly the meaie whistle ot the locomotive was heard reverberating through the Benson Hill. ; and whatever one may think of it at other times, it was certainly at that moment " a concord of sweet sounds.'' . The cars came thundering over the bridge, the stars aad stripes waving from their summit, summit, told that the reinforcement, had come, -and -and it waa received with one wild, joyous hurrah, and men whose countenance! a moment moment before wore an anxious took, now beamed with hope and defiance, and if Morgan had arrived at that moment he wonld have encountered a foe that would have hurled him and his host to destruction- destruction- But as he did not make his appearance, the Frankfort soldiers took op the line of march by the Lawreaee-burg Lawreaee-burg Lawreaee-burg pike, and a short distance below the mouth of Cedar Run they came upon Captain San Goins with his battery planted in the road and matches all lighted, ready to poor in the grape npon the rebel, as they eaaaadAWn the pike. Night had come on, and the citizens were placed on the steep hillside., unassailable by cavaJry, and with tha river in front theee were to act as skirmishers and protect the battery until the regiment could get op to their assistance. They occupied thia precipitous cliff daring tbe whole night. No enemy appealing, appealing, and the sun having got to some night, they were marched back to town. In tha morning of the same day, npon a fresh alarm of Morgan's approach, they were marched back again to their old position, but while there, received certain intelligence that Morgan Morgan had crossed the river at a ferry some miles above, and was then in the neighborhood neighborhood of Versailles. By this time the S5th Ohio had arrived, and Frankfort was pronounced pronounced impregnable from any assault the rebel, could make. The citizen, then bud aside their arms and returned to their usual pursuits. We must say here, in commendation of this little city hill surrounded as Rome was, with tbi. difference, that oar hill., instead of being hillock., aa those etf Bone ware, are really mountains, and Instead of bemg seven, there are at least twenty points d" appui, and if there were men enough to defend all the approaches, approaches, it could not easily be taken. This little patriot band was not without its proper accompaniments. It had George Monroe Monroe for ita principal field officer ; it nad Or. Joe Price for iu surgeon ; and above all, it bad the Rev. J. & Have, of tha Presbyterian Charch, for iu chaplain not with prayer-book, prayer-book, prayer-book, bell and candle, bat with an excellent rifle, and doing duty as a common soldier. He (Mr. Hays) is a new comer, but be has the old Pari tan blood in his veins, and will fight to defend bis flock, not only from the devil, with droaa sorlsaitario, bnt fxoaa John Morgan, with tbe carnal weapon, of gun aad villain-ou. villain-ou. villain-ou. saltpetre. The Gazette says : Morgan's guerrilla, have been driven from the line af the Keatanky Central Railroad, and that thoroughfare will soon be open again. The citizens of MaysvlUe were alarmed oa Saturday, the 19th, by a report that Morgan's gang aaaa within twelve miles of that city. AaaLtfaaoe waa seat zrosa Porte mo uta and IroBtoav. A Louisville telegraphic dispatch, of tha -SWolLaiaji: -SWolLaiaji: ' ' , Ycaarday strerniag the traina from Nash- Nash- ville. going northward, and Louisville, southward, southward, met at Mitchellsville, and both returned, owing to tbe report that a thousand rebel cavalry cavalry were near Richland, Tenn. Gov. Moston, of Indiana, sent a thousand infantry, cavalry and artillery to Henderson, whiph arrived there this morning. Simnlu-neouely Simnlu-neouely Simnlu-neouely one of our gunboaU went up the river with a considerable force to protect the Uuion rt sidents. Gen. Boj le also sent orders to CoL Garvin, commanding at Henderson, to nse rigorous measures to clear the rebe's out of tbe adjgjnirg counties. Gen. Geen Clav 8mith telegraphs from Stanford that be is still pursuing Morgan. Gi-n. Gi-n. Gi-n. Bojle replies: "Capture him or drive him out of tbe State." A dispatch from Cincinnati, stating that oar cavalry had overtaken Morgan's band from Mount Stetliog, is without foundation. ' 1 he Baltimore Sun, of the 23d ultimo, says : Tbe excitement along the Ohio, in conse- conse- 3uence of tbe Morgan demonstrations at Hen-crsoa Hen-crsoa Hen-crsoa and Cynthiana, Ky, and Newbnrg, Ind., continues very great, as we see by onr exchanges from that quarter. The civil and military authorities, however, are bestirring themselves. Quartermaster General Wright, by order of the Governor of Ohio, has issued a call for thirty daya' volunteers to operate against Morgan in Kentucky. The Union forces raised in and around Cincinnati have, by order of the government, been placed under tbe command of Lieutenant Colonel Barbank, of the 13th Infantry, who has taken measures to give efficiency to the military organiza-tioLS. organiza-tioLS. organiza-tioLS. A dispatch dated Lexington, Ky., July VJ, says : Gen. Smith took command of the force to operate against Morgan yaaterday about noon, lie reorganised and started in pursuit. After twtlve hoar.' bard labor he came up with Morgan, at Pari., and had a fight. Ten or fifteen of Morgan', men were killed, and twelve prisoners, several horses, and some baggage were taken ; when Morgan made a oid oaah from tbe foe and started towards Winchester, closely pursued by Smith. N lots on the part of Smith's forces, and they fere alter tbe enemy in several directions ; and nothing but tha superiority of Morgan's blooded horses will save bint. The following is from the correspondent correspondent of the New York Tribuue of the 25th ult: North Fork, Kr Ju'y l'J. Northern Jentuclcy ia now nnder a high state of ex- ex- wtemeut. lhe guerrillas without number, SDd in places innumerable, have made their appearance, committing depredations, Mealing hvrses and money, and terrifying the loyal I eople out of their peace and happiness. They ere under tbe command of Morgan, the noted Guerrilla Chief, although they are divided iuu numerous squads, all finely mouuted aud armed for their lieliisn work of death. They have been havering about Fraukiort and Le.x-iiigton Le.x-iiigton Le.x-iiigton for a cumber of days, having taken Georgetown, Midway, and other places of less note. A day or two ago they appeared before Paris, tie county seat of Bourbon coucty, and twice made a formal demand for a surrender of tbe place, which was as often sternly refuted refuted by the citizens, aided by the lioine Guards of Maysville, who went to their relief, led by our Congressman, the Hon. Wm. H. Wadsworth. After that they made an attack by night, but were resolutely repulsed. Since tben they are reported to have been at Clays-vllle, Clays-vllle, Clays-vllle, on tbe Lexington and Covington Railroad, Railroad, apparently making their way, via Falmouth, Falmouth, toward Cincinnati. The people of Maysville and Mason counties are greatly excited, and are volunteering in large numbers to help to arrest the coarse of thece high desperadoes. A report reached here last night that John S. William, was at West Liberty, the county seat of Morgan county, with a guerrilla force, threatening the blue gras of eastern Kentucky aud Maysville, by way of Owingsville and Flemingsburg. Not only Maysville, bnt some ofthecsunty towns are raiting companies of mounted men to help to rescue Northern Kentucky from the foal foot of the rebel invaders. The Louisville Journal, of the 21st, alludes alludes to the attack, on the 20th, of Gen. Smith on Morgan, near Paris, and of Morgan's Morgan's retreat to Winchester, pursued by Smith, Metcalfe and Maxwell. The Journal Journal speaks of the raid as "a miserable failure," and says : He invaded Kentucky ia the expectation that, wherever he should go. thousands aad tens of thousands, all armed and mounted, would rush to his triamphant standard, bat in this he has been wretchedly disappointed. The same paper, on the 224, (the latest date we have from Louisville,) says that the pursuers were still (the day before) hard upon' Morgan's track, and that he and his band would, probably be caught. He was only two hours in advance of Smith, pushing from Washington to Richmond, Richmond, Ky., and thence to Lexington, with a view, says the Louisville Democrat, of the 22d ult, to rea,ch the State line near his own residence. The Democrat adds : To our notion, Gen. Smith has decidedly the advantage, and we hope to be able yet, before before the close of the week, to chronicle the capture of Morgan and the destruction or dispersion dispersion of hi. entire .gang. War Newt from the West. From General Buell'e Department. We make some interesting extracts from a letter in the Cincinnati Gazette of the 22d ult., written, say the editors, by Capt. E. H. Tatem, of Nelson's D ivision, who lately met his death by a railroad accident: Nelsoh's Division, Arxt or the Ohio, ) Athens, Ala , July 13. ) Guerrilla parties ara hard at work in this section of tha coon try, each day developing fome new and bolder outrage. Last Thursday Thursday night, a party of cavalry, said to be a portion of Boogbton'S Mississippi Squadron, visited the line of the Memphis and Charleston Charleston road, tore up tha track near Conrtland Station, destroyed several culverts, burned a lot of cotton, aid cut the telegraph wire. Yesterday Yesterday morning, a portion of the same band approached to within eight miles of- of- Decatar and but nad several water stations, and later in the day stopped a Government train of sixty ws ns, between Hantsviile and Shell-bv Shell-bv Shell-bv ville, and appropriated tbe contents. Mesam Marienthal Ac Lehman, of Cincinnati, had several wagon loads of goods accompanying the same train, which' were carried off, and, as I am iaformed, tan thousand dollar, la gold, which M. & L. were sendiag to Haate-ville Haate-ville Haate-ville in payment of cotton. Gen. Buell has a' wide expanse of ferritory to watch, extending extending from Grand Jmadioa ia the west to Cnat Unooea tn the east, and, besides preparing for offensive movements, matt guard the hundred approaches from tha 8outb, over any one of which a small body of moanUd men can corns, commit depredations and secure their escape. He ta staking bia dispositions with a sealoo. care, and guerrilla inroad, will soon become Wee Bueeeaafal aa Wall aa leas frequent. Facts prove that utragea of tha above character are not committed by organized - t - veww ' '-i '-i J' i

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  2. 07 Aug 1862, Thu,
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