Hillsborough (NC) Recorder
July 17, 1861
Dispatch of Sunday
by the Central train yesterday report some interesting proceedings in
Patterson’s camp at Martinsburg. Some
four thousand Pennsylvanians, who enlisted for three months, made up their
minds to leave and go home. One account
says objection was made, and a fight took place, in which a considerable number
of useless lives were lost. We cannot
vouch for the accuracy of the last mentioned report, but have no doubt that the
three months’ men determined to leave the service.
Western and Northwestern Virginia the accounts
are vague. A dispatch from Cincinnati makes it
appear that Capt. O. J. Wise, of the Blues, had captured three companies of
Federalists. It is probable that an
engagement has taken place in the neighborhood of Laurel Hill, between Gen.
Garnett’s Confederate forces and McClellen’s command,
since the Cincinnati
telegrams inform us that they were approaching each other at last
accounts. We have nothing further in
regard to the reported engagement of the 7th. If the Federalists were defeated on that day,
as has been stated, we should hardly receive any account of it from the North.
consequence of Gen. Scott’s order for the suppression of telegraphic
dispatches, we have nothing from the Northern Associated Press relative to the
army movements on the Potomac.
Col. Thomas, the
intrepid Marylander, has been indicted for treason and piracy.
Hessians are hard at work on our fortifications at Winchester.
A correspondent of
the Richmond Enquirer says:
open my letter to you to inform you that to-day, near Gen. Garnett’s camp,
there was an engagement between the Georgia Regiment and a large body of the
Yankees, in which the Georgians killed 60 or 70 of the Yankees, and took a
four-horse wagon and team, and some arms.
Only one of the Georgians was wounded.
At the Rich
Mountains there has been
some fighting—the result not known. It
is believed that the Yankees have a large force, and are making their way into
this valley, to surround our army and capture our stores and ordnance. They will receive a rough handling.”
[Transcribed by Sharon Strout]