Semi-Weekly Wisconsin Milwaukee, Wisconsin Friday, March 27, 1863
CINCIKNATU March 25.—There are thousands of rumors in circulation today, and many gross exaggerations of skirmishes, raids- and fights in Kentucky. T)HJ following information is believed to be reliable: Commodore Metcalf left Lexington at 2 P. M., to-day- Just as he was leaving, lie saw Rev. Mr. Messick, who had just arrived from Danville. Mr. Messick reported that the rebels under Breckinridge and Pegram, from 8,000 to 12,000 strong, were marching on Danville, and were but a few miles distant. • Watford's 1st Kentucky cavalry was holding the rebel's advance in check, while our small (orces were falling back to the fortifications at Lexington. A later report states that the rebels now occupy Danville. General Carter, who was at Bichmond, is also falling back on Lexington with his forces. It is believed that the rebels are attempting to cross the Kentucky River at ITJ^l, —« n '» T^T-irliTci VtTo tiOTra ci finrt*t* Hickman's Bridge. We have a force there that will destroy the bridge, if they find that they cannot prevent the crossing. Mr. Richard Apperson, Collector of Internal Revenue, 4th district of Kentucky, and Mr. Barnes, a banker, and many others from Mt. Sterling, Ky., arrived here this morning. They state that our men, some 200, were captured at Mt. Sterling, by Clarke's rebel cavalry. They also state that the court house was not destroyed, though several efforts were made by the rebels to fire it. Fourteen buildings were consumed, including the Montgomery House, the property of Mr. Apperson. All tbe Union families were leaving and coming down to Covington. A gentleman who arrived this evening from Mt. Sterling, which place he left this morning, brought a letter which was written at Owensville yesterday by a Union man, which states that Clark's force, about 800 to 1,000 strong, had returned to Owensville, after them, and attacked them on Mt. Sterling, and that they were then reinforced by 3,000 mounted infantry from Humphrey Marshall's command. It is certain that all the country south of the Kentucky river is in possession of the rebels. That stream is very high, and it is donbtful if the rebels can get across. It is said that Marshall is advancing from eastern Kentucky, Stonewall Jackson from Pound Gap, and Breckenridge and Pegram via Mill Springs, Somerset and Danville. Fifteen thousand troops will be here tonight and to-morrow^nd more will follow. mt ;_*_ T7* n n*..nU-.F l^ft^an tVini^annn of of of is UltlUl* «*l*W *•** •*»*'• » w •' !»••"• —"— •• They go into Kentucky. Fifteen thousand rations were cooked to-day, for the men when they arrive.