cavahy, capturing a lieutenant and seven men.
On Tuesday evening, at four o clock, Lieut. -Col.
Kilpatrick started out in pursuit of the enemy,
believed to be lurking in our vicinity, with one
hundred and eighty men of the Harris light cav
alry, under Major Davies ; one hundred and twen
ty of the Third Indiana, under Major Chapman ;
and companies B and E of the Brooklyn Four
teenth, under Capt.
Mallory. Sixteen miles from
Fredericksburgh, at the junction of the Bowling
Green and Newmarket roads, the command bi
vouacked for the night, and at two o clock next
morning Col. Kilpatrick pushed on with the cav
alry, leaving the infantry to guard the ford of the
Mattapony, and to act as a reserve in an emer
gency. Mount C arm el was reached at daylight.
Here it was expected the rebels were encamped,
and preparations were made for surprising them,
but no enemy could be found. Hearing that the
rebels passed along there every morning, Colonel
Kilpatrick sent Capt. Seymour, with fifty men, to
ambush them ; but the party had proceeded but
a short distance before they suddenly came upon
the enemy. The command immediately charged
upon the rebels, who broke like sheep, and rush
ing down to the North Anna llivcr, abandoned
horses, arms, clothing, and every thing, and
plunged pell mell into the stream. Following
them across, the pursuit was continued until Kil
patrick came upon them, drawn up in the road in
columns of platoons, with dismounted men, armed
with rifles, deployed as skirmishers in the fields
to the right and left. Although having an infe
rior force, Col. Kilpatrick determined to attack
them. A number of men were deployed as skir
mishers, and the column drawn up preparatory
to a charge. In the mean time Col. Kilpatrick,
Major Davies, and Capt. Walters rode up towards
the enemy, only three hundred } r ards distant, and
opened conversation, the rebels inquiring what
he wanted, to which the Colonel replied : u What
does it look like ?" Returning to the column, the
skirmishers, under Major Davies and Capt. W al
ters, commenced to advance. As yet not a shot
nad been fired. Presently the rifles and carbines
opened along the line, the enemy s balls whistling
over our skirmishers heads, while now and then
a rebel reeled and fell before our deadly carbines.
This continued several minutes, the cavalry main
taining their position in the road. One shot in
tended for Colonel Kilpatrick passed through a
horse s head, killing him instantly, and striking
the Colonel s left side, fell to the ground. On the
skirmishers slowly but surely pressed, both sides
jeering each other, each confident of victory.
Soon it became evident that the enemy must re
tire, and in a moment the rebel commander was
heard to order : " By platoons, left about, wheel."
Hardly had the rebels turned their horses heads
when Major Chapman and the Indiana boys were
upon them, dismounting men, capsizing horses,
and driving the enemy helter skelter towards
their camp. In after them went our cavalry, hur
rying them down towards Hanover Junction,
where they retired behind reinforcements, when
our men fell back to the abandoned camp. Here
a portion of the cavalry fired a railroad train
loaded with grain, a number of wagons, tents,
baggage, commissary and medical stores, and
other valuable property. While the handful of
men were hastening the work of destruction, a
large body of Stuart s cavalry appeared at a short
distance. Had they charged they would have
utterly annihilated our troops, as they outnum
bered us three to one ; but, halting a moment to
reconnoitre, Col. Kilpatrick determined on a bold
strike. Sounding the rally, his scattered men
closed up behind the platoon which the Colonel
had suddenly thrown across the road, while Major
Davies was sent with skirmishers to flank the
enemy. Stealing off to the right, Major Davies
had succeeded in getting on their flank and al
most on their rear before being discovered. Open
ing a brisk fire upon their flank, the whole com
mand wheeled and fled, followed by our cavalry,
who, after chasing them down the railroad as far
as was deemed prudent, returned, first, however,
building a number of fires along upon the track.
The party then returned to camp, reaching Fred-
ericksburgh last night at twelve o clock, having
marched seventy-four miles in twenty -four hours,
routed a vastly superior rebel force, composed
principally of Stuart s famous cavalry, destroyed
several thousand dollars worth of property, cut
down the telegraph line, and captured a large
number of horses, together with several prisoners.
Majors Davies and Chapman and Capt. Walters
did remarkably good service, and were highly
complimented by Col. Kilpatrick. The cars have
not yet commenced running on the Central Kail-
road, and this aifair will be likely to hinder the
repair of the road to a great extent. A Richmond
paper, found in the rebel camp, stated that (Jen.
Stuart was building a bridge across the North
Anna River, over which he intended, with two
thousand men, to commit depredations in this di
rection. Col. Kilpatrick left word for Stuart that
he need take no more trouble about the bridge,
as we should give them all they could attend to
on their own side.
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This dash cannot fail to impress the rebels
with the fact that the department of the Rappa-
hannock is about to prove rather a troublesome
neighbor, and unless Stuart s men exercise more
courage their laurels will very soon have faded.
A portion of Ashby s old command was also in
the fight, as we arc informed by prisoners, and
when the rebel authorities learn the inferiority of
our force, they may possibly reflect upon "tho
probability of a Yankee being equal to at least
FIGHT AT TRINITY, ALABAMA.
COLONEL WALKER S REPORT.
HEADQUARTERS THIRTY-FIRST OHIO VOLCXTEERS, )
WINCHESTER, TEXN., August 3.
Adjutant-General Charles W. If ill:
GENERAL : I beg leave to report that at about
four o clock on tho afternoon of the twenty-fourth
ult., Lieut. M. B. W. Harman, in command of
company E, Thirty-first 0. V. I., with one platoon
of his compan} , numbering twcnt3*-five men, in
eluding non-commissioned officers, who were sta
tioned at a place called Trinity, near Decatur,
Ala., for the purpose of guarding the Memphis
and Charleston Ralroad, were attacked by a force
of rebel cavalry, which numbered about three
hundred and fifty men. The attack was made
when Lieut. Harman and his little band were en
gaged in erecting a stockade-fort, and they were
without immediate possession of their arms, which
were stacked near at hand. At the first fire they
sprang to their arms and commenced the most
Spartan-like resistance which the history of this
war, so far, has furnished. At least twelve of the
enemy were killed, and not less than thirty or
forty wounded, but the precise number of either
killed or wounded could not be ascertained, as the
enemy was able to carry off his wounded and all
but five of his dead. Lieut. Harman held his po
sition, fighting like a lion at bay, though he was
badly wounded in the face, and painfully though
not seriously in the left arm. His example in
spired his men to emulate his conduct, and all
but two of the twenty-six fought with desperate
valor. Charles Cross was shot in the right iliao
region, the ball passing upward and backward.
He died immediately. Zachias Buckingham was
struck by a large musket-ball, which entered at
an inferior angle to the scapular, passing out be
tween the second and third ribs, cutting the up
per section of the right lobe of the lung. The
wound is considered mortal. Walter Case w:n
hit in the shoulder by a musket-ball. John F.
Clason was wounded by a ball passing through
the fore-arm. Win. S. "Bennett was shot in tl
neck. Win. Hcrcnden received three buckshot
in the riirht arm, and a rifle-ball in the ri^ht thk h.
F Conklin was shot through the back of tho
head ; James Maxwell in the right thigli,; Lewis
Rose, in the hand ; J. Le Roux, through the arm ,
and L. Bard, through the buck. Two other pri
vates were wounded whose names I have not-
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learned. It is thought by the surgeons that all
except Buckingham will recover.
You will see by this report that one half of this
ittle band were killed and wounded. The work
upon the fortifications had not advanced far
enough to afford them any protection. They re
mained masters of the field until a late hour at
night, when they were taken to Decatur.
It is believed that the same force which at
tacked Lieut. Harman did much mischief along
the railroad during the same day. Near Court-
land, Ala., eighty of the Tenth Kentucky volun
teers were taken prisoners, and two companies of
the Tenth Indiana driven away, and in addition
to which bridges and trestlework all along the
line between Courtland and Decatur were de
This report would have been finished sooner,
but for the reason that we have been upon the
inarch ever since the fight occurred.
M. B. WALKER,
Colonel Commanding Thirty-first O.V.I.
THE CONFISCATION ACT.
BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES.
IN pursuance of the sixth section of the Act of
Congress entitled, "An Act to suppress insurrec
tion, to punish treason and rebellion, to seize and
confiscate the property of rebels, and for other
purposes," approved July seventeenth, 1862, and
which Act, and the joint resolution explanatory
thereof, are herewith published, I, ABRAHAM LIN
COLN, President of the United States, do hereby
proclaim to and warn all persons within the con
templation of said sixth section to cease partici
pating in, aiding, countenancing, or abetting the
existing rebellion, or any rebellion, against the
Government of the United States, and to return
to their proper allegiance to the United States, on
pain of the forfeitures and seizures as within and
by said sixth section provided.
In testimony whereof, I have hereunto set my
hand and caused the seal of the United States to
Done at the city of Washington, this twenty-
fifth day of July, in the year of our Lord
[L. s.] one thousand eight hundred and sixty-
two, and of the Independence of the
United States the eighty-seventh.
By the President :
WILLIAM H. SEWARD,
Secretary of State.
THE SURRENDER AT COURTLAND, ALA.
REBUKE FROM GENERAL BUELL.
HEADQUARTERS ARMY OF THE Onro, ix CAMP, I
IIusTSViLLE, ALA., August 1. f
GENERAL ORDERS, No. 37.
THE Major-General Commanding has to an
nounce other instances of disgraceful neglect, and
contrast them with another of gallantry.
The guard at Courtland Bridge, consisting of
companies A and H, Tenth Kentucky, under the
command of Capt. Davidson, and a part of Capt.
Eggleston s company, First Ohio cavalry, was
completely surprised and captured, with but tri
fling loss, on the morning of the twenty-fifth ult,
by a force of irregular cavalry.
On the same day, the companies of Captains
Boyle and Goben, Tenth Indiana, which were
ordered to protect two bridges on the same road,
respectively six arid twelve miles east of Court-
land, deemed it wiser to bring in an empty train
which came up, than to defend their posts, threat
ened with an attack from the same irregular cav
alry, and so put themselves on the train and ar
rived at Decatur, a few miles distant, without the
loss or injury of a man.
On the same day and on the same road, eight
miles from Decatur, a guard consisting of twenty-
five men of company E, Thirty-first Ohio, under
command of Lieut. Harman, were suddenly at
tacked by a greatly superior force of the same
cavalry. They defended themselves gallantly, and
repulsed the enemy, killing several of the number.
Lieut. Harman and eleven of his men were wound
ed, himself in two places, and two of his men
The General submits these examples to the re
flection of the troops. He reminds them that
neglect and bad conduct on the part of guards
bring dishonor upon them, and may even jeopard
ize the safety of an army. If these appeals to
their personal and professional pride should fail
of their object, he warns them that the extreme
penalty of the law must intervene to punish the
guilty, and save the army from the jeopardy in
which they place it.
The duty of guarding the communications of the
army is among the most important with which an
officer and his troops can be intrusted. Vigilance,
determination, and the preparation of suitable de
fences, in the way of intrenchinents or stockades,
will prevent such attacks, or enable a small force
to repel a greatly superior one. Had the orders
for bridge-guards to fortify their posts been
promptly executed, and proper vigilance been ob
served, the attacks referred to, if made at all,
would have had very different results.
This order and General Order No. 32 will be
read at the head of every company and detach
By command of Major-General BUELL.
JAMES B. FRY,
Colonel and Chief of Staff.
J. M. WRIGHT, A.A.G.
THE RAID INTO KENTUCKY.
REPORT OF COL. J. V. GUTIIRIE.
CINCINNATI, July 25, 1SG2.
To G-en. Geo. B. Wright, Quarter master- General,
IN compliance with your order of the sixteenth,
the undersigned took the cars on the Central Ken
tucky Railroad, from the depot in Covington, with
about one hundred men for Cynthiana, Kentucky,
at which place Lieut. -Col. Landrtim, of the Eight
eenth Kentucky, was in command. Receiving
orders to move towards Paris, and distribute ray
force at the different stations, to guard bridges, I
proceeded to Paris, which place was reached at
two o clock in the night. There were at this post
detachments of companies, thirty-five from Capt.
Whittlesey s camp, under the command of his
Lieutenant, thirty men under command of Capt.
Bugsby, of the Eighteenth Kentucky regiment,
and the home guards of Paris, numbering sixty-
seven men, infantry. There were also sixty men
on horseback, under command of the Hon. Mr.
Wadsworth, member of Congress from the Mays-
ville district, making a total of forces in Paris, as
reported to me, of two hundred and thirty-three
men, rank and file. During the day, reenforce-
ments to the number of sixty men, from Mt. Ster
ling, under Captain Evans, came in. These were
home guard cavalry. Brig. -Gen. Ward ordered
me to take command of this post. Upon assum
ing the command, I immediately proceeded to or
ganize the forces for service, and appointed the
Hon. Mr. Wads worth, with the rank of Major, to
the command of all the home guard cavalry.
Pursuant to orders, he took command of forty
men, and proceeded towards Lexington, on a
scouting expedition. At eleven o clock P.M. Major
Wadsworth returned, and reported that John Mor
gan, with a force of from one thousand to one thou
sand two hundred men, was moving down the road
to Cynthiana. I immediately telegraphed Licut.-
Col. Landrum, at Cynthiana, of Morgan s move
ments, and his advance on that place. I also
sent a message to Capt. Ayres, commanding the
brigade guards, between Paris and Cynthiana, to
join me with his forces at Paris. I also tele
graphed to Gen. Ward, at Lexington, the position
of affairs, and asked for reinforcements to hold
Paris. He answered that I should send to him
at Lexington all the men I could spare. Satisfied
that I could not weaken my force, I did not send
any men to Lexington. About seven o clock in
the evening, Lieut. -Col. Landrum reported the
fall of Cynthiana. Upon consultation, it was
deemed advisable to fall back on Lexington. We
moved at eleven o clock that night, and proceeded
fourteen miles on the Lexington road. About
daylight we had reached Col. Metcalf s advance
post from Lexington, where he had encamped.
Col. Mctcalf was ordered to move forward with
all his force, on Paris, and started about four
o clock. I was again detailed to take command
of all the infantry and support the batteries.
Thirty-five of my men were reported as unable to
travel, and by my order were sent by the Surgeon
to the Lexington hospital. We moved on to
wards Paris, and at dark encamped five miles
from the town. During the night our pickets
were driven in three different times ; and as the
infantry, with the artillery, held the advance, I
found them all in lino of battle at the word.
On the mornm"* of the nineteenth we again took
up our line of march, Brig.-Gen. Smith in com
mand. Our advance continually drove in the
rebel scouts, killing seven, and taking eight pri
soners. Arriving at the entrance to Paris, our
column was halted. The centre, composed of the
Ohio troops and the artillery, was one mile from
the town. We were informed that an attack was
expected, and the men stood by their guns one
hour and a half, when we learned to our chagrin
that Morgan had retreated towards Winchester.
It is but justice to the Ohio troops, to inform
you that they were eager and ready for the fight.
Two companies of the Cincinnati police took off
their coats, and under their Chief, Col. Dudley,
were anxious to meet the enemy. The detach
ment of Capt. Whittlescy s Cincinnati company
deserve commendation for their gallantry, while
the troops from Camp Dennison, under Captain
Ayers, were prompt and efficient, and had oppor
tunity offered, would have earned for themselves
a creditable reputation.
After the retreat of the enemy, we encamped
for twenty-four hours. On the morning of the
twentieth we were ordered to move, the rear
guard being assigned to my command. I found
it impossible for the troops sent out with me to
follow on to Winchester. I therefore left them
at Paris, under command of Captain Ayres, with
instructions to remain until further orders from
me, after I had arrived at Winchester. Receiv
ing orders from Gen. Smith to proceed to Lexing
ton, I moved my command the next day, (the
twenty-first,) and reached Lexington at night. I
rode over with Dr. Bush to Paris that night, and
found that the men left in charge of Capt. Ayres
had gone to Cincinnati the morning previous. I
returned to Lexington the same night, and found
Col. McCook with your orders. After instructing
the Lieutenant in charge of the sick at Lexington
to report to Col. McCook the condition of the men,
I obtained leave to return home, and arrived here
this morning. I have been thus particular in ex
plaining to you how I became detached from my
particular command, which was entrusted to me
by your orders, and to do justice, as near as I
can, to the Ohio troops under my charge.
I am, General, your obedient servant,
J. V. Gl THKIE,
SKIRMISHES IN TEXAS COUNTY, M\
MISSOURI "DEMOCRAT" ACCOUNT.
HOUSTON, TEXAS COCSITT, Mo., July 2S, 1>63.
LAST Friday, a detachment of one hundred men
from companies E and F, Third Missouri cavalry
and one half-section of light battery L,-S
Missouri artillery, the whole under the conunun
Captain Braihvay, marched from this place t-
tack the notorious Col. Coleman, who was said to
be encamped at a place known as the Mountain
Store situated about twenty-five miles from here.
When within five miles of the store, the advance-
guard of the detachment cume suddenly upon a
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band of sixty of Coleman s men, led by himself.
We killed three of the rebels, wounded several,
took fifteen prisoners, three horses, and six guns.
From the prisoners we learned that Coleman had
moved his camp to the right-hand fork of the Big
Piney, near a Mr. Harrison s, and that when we
met him, he was on his way to camp.
On the morning of the twenty-sixth, we mov
ed to attack the enemy s camp. After we had
marched about two and a half miles, our advance
met the enemy s pickets and drove them in.
Hearing heavy and continuous firing, Capt. Brad-
way sent forward Capt. Call, with twenty men of
his company, to support the advance, and find
the location of the rebel encampment. In a short
time, he sent word to Captain Bradway that he
had met a large body of the enemy, and was
then driving them in the direction of their camp,
and asked for reinforcements. Capt. B. imme
diately sent sixteen men, and at the same time
moved rapidly forward with the balance of his
command. On every side was seen evidence of
the enemy s haste. Blankets, hats, caps, and
pieces of saddles were strewn all along the road,
while here and there was a poor fellow lying by
the roadside, wounded by a rifle-ball. Pressing
forward, we soon came to the Big Piney, or rather
the right-hand branch of it. At this stream the
road forks to the right and left. To the left, we
could hear an occasional shot, and a small trail
led in that direction, but the main trail led to the
light. Capt. Bradway determined on taking this
road. But he had not gone twenty yards, when
he was met by a perfect stream of balls and buck
shot, which appeared to be directed specially at
him, for he was about forty feet in advance of his
men. He immediately ordered Lieutenant Wal-
deschmidt to get his gun in position, and give the
enemy a taste of canister.
At this moment Capt. Call came up, having
driven the rebels into and through their camp,
and followed them until he heard our cannon,
when he came to our assistance ; but he was too
late, for the enemy had fled before his arrival. In
these two skirmishes we killed five and wounded
twelve. We also took two prisoners. Not one
of our men was injured, although many had nar
THE FIGHT IN BOLLINGER COUNTY, MO.
MAJOR LAZAR S DESPATCH.
GREENVILLE, July 30, 1862.
Colonel T. C. Merrill:
SIR: Yesterday, at eleven o clock A.M., Captain
Whybank, with one hundred and twenty men of
companies A and F, Thirteenth regiment, at
tacked Major Tenley and Captain Poison and one
hundred and eighty men, near Bellinger s Mill,
Bollinger County, killing ten, wounding a large
number, and capturing a lot of horses, guns, etc.
The brush was so thick, it was impossible to find
all the wounded. The rebels were well mounted
and well equipped. AYe did not lose a man. Full
particulars by mail. B. T. LAZAR,
Major Commanding Post.
THE BATTLE OF BAYOU BARNARD.
NEW-YORK "TRIBUNE" NARRATIVE.
CAMP ox GRAND RIVER, C. N., August 14, 1862.
WHILE the three Indian regiments (First, Se
cond, and Third) lay in camp at Wolf Creek,
under directions of Colonel Furness, the ranking
commander, Col. Phillips, of the Third, selected
one thousand two hundred men picked from the
three regiments, and a section of Captain Allen s
battery, under Lieut. Baldwin. Col. Phillips sent
Major Forman down the west side of Grand River
with one half of the force and the two pieces of
artillery, (Parrott guns.) The other six hundred
men went down with him through Talequa and
Park Hill. Talequa is the capital of the Chero
kee Nation, and is a small decayed town. Park
Hill is the residence of John Ross, whose mansion
is a beautiful one, handsomely furnished, with a
lawn and shrubbery, and a great deal of comfort
and beauty clustered around it.
The -design of the expedition was, first, to
check the inroads of the enemy from Fort Davis,
who were expected to devastate the country ; se
condly, to cut off the three rebel regiments, Col.
Winter s, Taylor s, (Folsom s,) and Mclntosh s,
all of whom had moved to the north side of the
Arkansas. It had been arranged that one part
of the force should enter Gibson from the west
side of Grand River at daylight on the morning
of the twenty-ninth ult., while the other at the
same moment entered from Park Hill.
Col. Folsom s regiment, under Col. Taylor, to
gether with part of Col. Winter s regiment, and a
company of whites, were in Gibson. The re
mainder of Col. Winter s regiment, some three
hundred and fifty men, had gone up Grand River
on the morning of the twenty-eighth, and that
night reached a spot twenty miles from Gibson,
on Grand River, and made a demonstration just
at dusk on Major Forman s rear. At noon, Col.
Taylor, with his command as enumerated, started
up the Park Hill road, and met Colonel Phillips
about two o clock.
The loyal Indians had been sent forward in
three columns, converging to a point a few miles
from Gibson. An advance-guard, under Lieut.
Hanway, had been sent forward to the forks of
the road to reconnoitre. It was at this moment
that some three hundred of Taylor s force charg
ed up a slope on the advance-guard. Lieutenant
Hanway vainly attempted to hold them in check.
The advance guard was scattered, and fled through
the woods. Fired with the hope of cutting them