Macon, Georgia Macon Daily Telegraph, 15-20 December 1861.
RICHMOND, Dec. 14.--Official intelligence received says the Federals five thousand strong attacked Col. Edward Johnson's command on Valley Mountain on the 13th, but were repulsed with great loss, after an engagement of seven hours. The battle commenced at seven o'clock in the forenoon. Johnson's force is 1,200, and has since been reinforced by two regiments.--Johnson is a Virginian and a graduate of West Point, but commands the 12th Georgia Regiment.
Excepting the news of the victory at Valley Mountain, there is nothing of interest from the camps.
Ben McCulloch as arrived.
Congress did nothing of interest to-day.
FURTHER FROM VALLEY MOUNTAIN.
A letter dated Staunton, Sunday night, says that the 12th Georgia Regiment lost in killed and wounded about thirty, and the 8th Virginia Regiment about eighty. The loss of the enemy is not known, but thirty-two Yankees were buried by our troops.
Considerable expectation of a Federal attack on the Peninsula has been indulged, as well as at Manassas, but quiet yet reigns.
George Brown, brother of Gov. Brown of Ga., a private in Hampton's Legion, died here to-night at nine o'clock.
A letter to the Lynchburg Republican from an officer at Camp Alleghany, says that our loss was 2 captains, 3 lieutenants and 15 privates killed and 97 wounded. The Federal loss is fully 500. Gen. Millro [sic] commanded the Federals, and it is supposed was killed.
It is reported by the people in the neighborhood that Col. Johnson acted most gallantly; he appeared on the field dressed like a wagon master, with a musket in one hand and a club in the other.
THE BATTLE OF VALLEY MOUNTAIN.--We are indebted to Mr. McCoy, of this city, for the use of the following private dispatch, relative to the battle in which the Twelfth Georgia Regiment was engaged:
After a hard fight, seven hours long, we repulsed the enemy with great loss; our loss is considerable[.] Casualties among the commissioned officers alone. Capt. Anderson, Lee Artillery, killed; Capt. Molihan, 31st Virginia, killed; Lieut. Moir, 12th Georgia, wounded; Capt. James Deshler, Adjutant General, wounded.
H. KENT McCOY,
Twelfth Reg. Ga. Vols.
THE VALLEY MOUNTAIN FIGHT.
It will have been noticed by the despatches in our last issue, that a double victory is claimed in this fight. On the one side a despatch to Cincinnati says the Federal loss was thirty and the Confederate loss 200, not including thirty prisoners of war. The rebels set fire to their camp and retreated to Staunton, while the Federalists, equally disgusted with the fight and locality, "left the field in good order," as they always do. They have never done otherwise, for although a somewhat hasty and disorderly retreat was confessed to at Manassas and Leesburg in the hurry of the first accounts, it was subsequently ascertained that they left those field "in good order." It would, in fact, be discreditable to the well known neatness and methodical character of the Federals to admit that they left any thing behind them in bad order.
On the other hand, dispatched from out side say that the Confederate loss in killed was twenty and wounded ninety-seven, and estimate the Hessian killed and wounded at 500. They say that thirty-two of the Yankee killed were buried by our troops on the field, and this fact illustrates the wonderful courage and composure of our people, who, before they set fire to their own camp and retreated to Staunton (according to the Northern account), found time not only to look after their wounded and bury their own dead, but to collect and bury the corpses of the enemy. It illustrates also their wonderful regard to the claims of humanity and decencies of life, that they should have been so careful to bury their dead enemies in a wilderness camp, which they were in such a hurry to leave, as to burn their camp equipage. Furthermore, the Northern account illustrates the wonderful power of Northern eyes. On the retreat themselves, "in good order," they were yet able to see where the rebels went to, although remaining behind long enough to make these necessary arrangements.
We apprehend, when all the facts come to light, it will be found that the Valley Mountain fight has been a terrible and sanguinary struggle against great odds and ending in a Bull Run repulse.
One would think the Northern people would tire out with the lies imposed upon them, and clamor for truth, even though mortifying and painful. But they are a manufacturing people-- they appear to delight in fabrications generally.
THE CONFEDERATE VICTORY IN WESTERN VIRGINIA--A SEVERE FIGHT-- THE ENEMY ROUTED.--The monotony that had prevailed for some past days was broken on Saturday, by the receipt of official intelligence in Richmond that the enemy, stationed on Cheat Mountain, had sallies out and attacked a small force of our troops, and were repulsed with heavy loss. The fight took place on Friday last, the 13th instant, on the Alleghany Mountain, fifteen miles west of Monterey, to which point the force remaining in that vicinity, under Col. Edward Johnston [sic], had fallen back and encamped.
The official despatch received on Saturday says that the battle commenced at 7 o'clock in the morning, and lasted until 2 o'clock in the afternoon, when the enemy retreated; that the Federals numbered 5,000, while Col. Johnston's command was only 1,200 strong, but has since been reinforced by two regiments.
We have private information which mainly coincides with the foregoing. Our camp, it is stated, was surprised by the enemy at an early hour in the morning, but the troops rallied gallantly to their work, and fought with the energy desperation. The troops under Colonel Johnston's command were portions of the 12th Georgia and the 31st Virginia regiments, Col. Baldwin's Virginia regiment, and Hansborough's and Segar's battallions [sic]--in all, probably not much over 1,200 men. From statements gathered from two prisoners captured a few days previously, it is presumed that the enemy's force was from 3,000 to 5,000. Our loss in the battle is set down at 25 killed and 75 wounded and missing. Among the killed are the following: Capt. B.P. Anderson, of the Lee battery, from Lynchburg; Lieut. Lewis S. Thompson, of the Marion Guards, a son of Judge Thompson, of Wheeling.
Among the wounded are Lieut. Col. Hansborough; Capt. Deithler, one of Johnston's aids; and Capt. Mollohon, of the Braxton county company.
The 31st Virginia regiment, commanded by Major Boykin, suffered more severely than any other. This is the regiment formerly under Col. Wm. L. Jackson, who was superseded by Col. Reynolds and resigned, but was reappointed to the command of the regiment on Saturday last. Col. Jackson is now in Richmond.
The enemy left eighty dead on the field, and their loss in killed and wounded is believed to be very heavy. It was a desperate fight.
Col. Edward Johnston, under whose command the battle was fought, is a native of Chesterfield county, Va. He was an officer in the old U.S. army, and distinguished himself in Mexico. After his resignation, he returned to Virginia, and was assigned to the command of the 12th Georgia regiment, in Gen. Loring's division, a portion of which had been lately transferred to another point, leaving Col. Johnston the senior officer of the post. This force, at Camp Alleghany expected orders to move eastward, when the enemy came out from the stronghold on Cheat Mountain and made the attack, anticipating an easy victory, but returned discomfitted [sic] and beaten.
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