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front. After contesting every inch of my advance for some miles, he entered his fortifications at this place, which were strong, and consisted of formidable outer works inclosing a quadrangular fort with glacis and redoubt, and well mounted with nine pieces of artillery. My men pushed up to the walls with great spirit, inflicting great loss on the enemy. Our loss small. About nightfall to the force of the enemy already in the fort three regiments were added, as re-enforcements, by one of the many roads which my forces were not numerous enough to guard. This made the enemy about five regiments strong. But while we lay on our arms, intending to renew the attack this morning, the enemy fled, probably by the same road the re-enforcements entered, and I am now master of their works. I am now pursuing with all my force.

I have the honor to be, very respectfully, your obedient servant,

W. W. LORING,

Major-General, Commanding.

Hon. GEORGE W. RANDOLPH,

Secretary of War.

HDQRS. DEPT. OF SOUTHWESTERN VIRGINIA, Fayette Court-House, W. Va., September 11, 1862.

(Received September 19, 1862.)

SIR: General Jenkins captured Buckhannon, Upshur Court-House, General Kelley's main depot, with 5,000 stand of arms and immense stores, all of which were destroyed. He took the commanding officer and 30 prisoners. The next day he captured Weston; the next day he took Glenville; the next day he captured Colonel Rathbone and his regiment at Roane Court-House; the next day he drove a force of the enemy from Ravenswood, and the next day crossed into Ohio, marching 20 miles in that State. He was, at last accounts, on the Kanawha.

I have the honor to be, very respectfully, your obedient servant,

W. W. LORING,

Major-General, Commanding.

Hon. GEORGE W. RANDOLPH,

Secretary of War, Richmond, Va.

CHARLESTON, KANAWHA CO., W. VA., September 13, 1862.

Via Giles Court-House and Dublin, W. Va., September 16, 1862.

(Received at Richmond, Va., September 16, 1862.)

After incessant skirmishing from Gauley down, we took this place at 3 p.m. The enemy (six regiments strong) made stout resistance, burning their stores and part of this town in their retreat. Our loss slight; the enemy's heavy. He is in full retreat; Jenkins in his rear.

W. W. LORING,

Major-General, Commanding.

Hon. GEORGE W. RANDOLPH,

Secretary of War.

HDQRS. DEPARTMENT OF SOUTHWESTERN VIRGINIA, Charleston, W. Va.,

September 14, 1862.

SIR: I reached here yesterday afternoon, capturing the town after a stout resistance from the enemy, in which their loss was heavy, our