Progress of the War. — From Beyond the Rappahannock — General Stuart’s Last Dash at the Enemy’s Rear — Speculations as to the Condition of Affairs.

August 30, 1862, The Charleston Mercury

We take the following from the Richmond Enquirer:

On Friday last, Major General J.E.B. Stuart crossed Hazel river, at Welford’s Ford, with about three thousand cavalry, and proceeded to Waterloo bridge. From thence the command advanced to Warrenton and waited for the column to close up. The advanced guard was then sent out about five miles, and reported everything quiet. The column again moved forward, and reached within a mile of Catlett’s Station, on the Orange and Alexandria Railroad, about dark. The enemy were completely surrounded and surprised, and their whole force, consisting of about five thousand men, were put to flight.

Quartermaster’s and commissary stores, wagons, tents, etc., of the estimated value of five millions of dollars, were destroyed by our troops. They also captured three hundred and sixty-seven prisoners, including seventeen commissioned officers, among whom are one Colonel and three Captains; also General Pope’s two horses, his saddle, bridle, sword, uniform, his servant, and his Quartermaster (Captain Goulding), and the Quartermasters’ horses. Also, $60,000 in specie and Treasury notes, and a mail, containing official letters from General Pope, of the highest importance, which are now in the hands of Gen. Lee.

About 4 o’clock the enemy rallied and made a feeble attack on our columns, but were soon driven off. Gen. Stuart and his command returned to Warrenton Springs on Saturday, with the loss of but two killed and five wounded. The enemy were in full retreat, leaving a small force to try to check the expected advance of our troops. It is supposed they will make a stand at Alexandria. Gen. Stuart was at the head of the column during the entire march. Col. Lee, of the 9th Virginia cavalry, led the charge upon the Yankees. Gen. Pope’s sword was captured by Mr. Charles Minnegerode, of this city.

The handsome uniform coat, late the property of Gen. Pope, as appears from the inscription on the collar, is now in possession of Gov. Letcher, to whom it was sent as a present, we believe, by Gen. Stuart. As the circuit around the Chickahominy by Gen. Stuart was the forerunner of the defeat of McClellan’s army, we hope that this similar, but more brilliant event, may be the precursor of the total dispersion and annihilation of the Yankee invaders.

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