Jan 10, 1862 - Military affairs around us.
Military affairs around us.
Eleven of the political prisoners captured on the Upper Potomac and detained at Williamsport have been sent to Washington.
On the night of the 3d, Private Gant of Montgomery Co, Md. (Captain Cole’s Cavalry) rode into some logs near Heyser’s mill, breaking his horse’s neck and severely injuring himself in the fall.
Since our last issue a military telegraph line has been built from this place to Williamsport.
There are now some twenty five or thirty patients in the Government hospital in this town, under the care of Dr. C.E.S. McKee.
On the 1st the 5th Connecticut returned from Hancock to Frederick. The same day the 84th Pennsylvania which reached here by railway, left for Hancock. Thursday night the 140th [?] Pennsylvania arrived and remained until Saturday morning when they also marched for Hancock.
The Herald thus notices the “whisky fight” between members of this regiment: “During the afternoon of Friday a number of Irishmen belonging to the regiment under the influence of a little too much of the ‘oh! Be joyful’ got into a melee on the turnpike near town which was conducted in the Hibernian style and resulted, as is usual in such cases, in a number of broken heads and bruised and scared faces. The Cavalry companies of Capt. Cole and Kurl [?] were ordered from the Fair Ground to the scene of the disturbance but before they arrived the fight was suppressed by the officers of the regiment. Captain Welsh’s company was also out during the night guarding the town.
On Saturday the Confederates, to number of 6,000 to 8,000, drove the Federal troops across the Potomac at Hancock. Among the advance troops at Bath, six miles from the river, was Russell’s cavalry, of this county, who lost their tents etc. Col Light’s Illinois regiment was also compelled to retire.
In the meantime the Confederates destroyed the railroad, the bridges, the telegraph lines, this cutting off communication with Cumberland. Gen Lander arrived at Hancock on Sunday and took command of the Federal troops, to the number of about 3,000. On Sunday morning the Confederates demanded the evacuation of the town by the Federal troops; but the demand was unheeded. The Confederates did not, as stated in the daily papers, then commence to shell the town. But a few shot, we believe, were thrown into the town, one of which passed through the hotel of Mr. Barton. It is said the Federals lost but one man reaching the Maryland shore. On Monday the Confederates retired but reappeared in strong force. Gen. […?] of the 46th Penn, 19th and 28th New York and 5th Conn. reached this town on Monday evening, having marched 26 miles upon snow, remained overnight and then left – the first named for Williamsport and the others for Hancock, where the latter arrived on Wednesday evening.
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