|VOL. XIX.--NO. 63.||RICHMOND, VA., WEDNESDAY, OCT. 16, 1861.||PRICE ONCE CENT.|
Richmond Daily Dispatch, 16 October 1861.
FROM THE NORTHWEST.
The Enemy Incative--Extracts from a Letter from Phillippi, &c..
[SPECIAL CORRESPONDENCE OF THE DISPATCH]
CAMP BARTOW, GREENBRIER RIVER,
Pocahontas Co., Oct. 12, 1861.}
No news of any importance this morning. The weather was very cold after a very rainy night. Now it is clear, but cool.
Our pickets and scouts report that the enemy have not advanced from their original posts since the fight. We are still on the lookout, however, and keep strong pickets always on duty, to prevent the least attempt at surprise. Our troops are cheerful and anxious for another fight before going into winter quarters, which they will have to do shortly, in consequence of the roads being in such condition as to prevent transportation. The mails are very irregular indeed, and for a day or two we have been without our usual papers.
There is no news from Lee's command of a reliable character. I send you an extract from a letter received last night, by a gentleman in camp, from one of Major Reger's command, who is now at home at Phillippi on furlough, which he reached after great trials and sufferings, and where, if it was known, he would be instantly swung up. His letter is dated October 9th:
"Do not think I am safe here; so far from it, I am surrounded by a thousand dangers. I reached here three hours ago, and it is now after midnight. I am concealed in the house of a Secession friend, but shall leave here as soon as I can get a guide through the mountains to Pendleton. I have been through the town and seen the ruins of my property. The place bears a desolate look, and nearly all the houses are deserted. I cannot hear anything from my family. My friends can tell me nothing, and I have to hide from the Union men.
"I was hid in the loft of a house last night, and heard some Union men talking below; they said that Floyd had whipped Rosencranz, and that he was severely wounded, and had since died at Clarksburg. I do not know whether it is true, or not, but hope it is.
"There are only two companies stationed here, and they are Dutch. They are encamped in the court-yard."
There is scarcely any silver here, and you have the greatest difficulty in getting a note changed, except you take a lot of paper currency, issued by Tom, Dick, and Harry. I send you a specimen of some issued by a man in Staunton of the Tim Watson order, which your correspondent got hold of. I suppose he has as good a right to issue the things as a good many I know are doing the same in Richmond.
Sergeant E.C. Crump, of the Richmond Sharp-Shooters, has been promoted to lieutenancy.
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