|VOL. XIX.--NO. 63.||RICHMOND, VA., SATURDAY, AUGUST 28, 1861.||PRICE ONCE CENT.|
Richmond Daily Dispatch, 28 August 1861.
FROM THE NORTHWEST.
[SPECIAL CORRESPONDENCE OF THE DISPATCH.]
CAMP BARTOW, GREENBRIER RIVER
Pocahontas Co., Aug 21.}
The forces recently stationed at Monterey have been moved to this place at the foot of Cheat Mountain. The troops are under the command of Col. Taliaferro, while General Jackson is commandant of the line.
The enemy is strongly fortified on the top of Cheat Mountain, and have the sides of the road effectually blockaded, so that to attack them our forces will have to keep to the main road, which has planted in it a number of cannon of large calibre, and bearing directly down the road. A brigade, consisting of Col. Fulkerson's Regiment, Major Rogers's Battalion, the remnant of the Twenty-third Regiment, and Shumakers Artillery, under the command of Colonel Taliaferro, on Monday morning advanced to within three miles of their post, drove their pickets in, and then waited for hours for the enemy to attack us; but they feared to move out of their stronghold. We returned to camp, having marched about twenty-two miles and waded through several streams of water.
We hear numerous rumors of the movements of Gens. Wise and Floyd, but nothing of a reliable character. The latest report is that they have engaged the enemy under Gen. Cox. This may be true, as reports of cannon were distinctly heard on yesterday and Monday. General Lee is said to be near Huttonsville. His future movements and the number of his troops, of course I am not informed of.
The soldiers here have to perform pretty hard picket duty; but they obey the orders with alacrity and zeal. We have now about the healthiest encampment, perhaps, that can be found in the State.
The weather is very unsettled, and rain has been abundant within the last few days; so much so, that all the streams are very much swollen.
A volunteer party, under Col. Rusk, of Arkansas, consisting of portions of the Arkansas Regiment, 12th Georgia, Jackson's and North Carolina, returned to camp last night, after a scout of three days and nights. they marched a long distance, and made thirty and thirty-two miles a day.
A battle is expected here every day, and the troops are anxious for it, a they are weary of continued marching, and had rather fight then undergo so much severe pedestrianism. This portion of the army has certainly done their share of surveying the mountains of Virginia, and some of the troops have earned the [sobriquet] of "Virginia Travelers," saying traveled over 1,000 miles since entering the service. Col. Scott's 44th Regiment if encamped here, in which, is Capt. [Marden?] [of the] Richmond Zouaves, all the [illegible] man are well.
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