Saturday, September 15, 2012

Monday, Sept. 15, 1862

Our Union troops have possession of Frederick, Maryland.  Our Army in the Kanawha Valley has been greatly reduced by the withdrawal of Cox's division, only 5000 remaining under Col. Lightburn.  Our advanced camp only 1200 strong were attacked by 10,000 rebels under Williams and were compelled to fall back to Charleston where a fierce battle was fought, resulting in the destruction of the town.  Our troops are supposed to be retreating to the Ohio river.  The enemy which threatened Cincinnati have retreated.  The whole available population of that city and Newport and Covington were made to labor on the defences.  As a result seven miles of defences were completed and guns mounted.  Business in the city is resumed and volunteers from the country are returning home.

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