Russell forced to retreat, leaving tents, Jan 1862
Military affairs around us.
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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