Mosby Ambushes a Party of Union Cavalry.

THE SUN Nov. 23, 1864

October 06, 2002

[Special Dispatch to Philadelphia Inquirer.]

HARPER'S FERRY, Nov. 21 - In my last dispatch to the Inquirer, I mentioned the fact that a party of guerrillas made an attack on a cavalry escort near Winchester, a few days since. For the purpose, if possible, of intercepting and capturing the attacking party, Captain Brasher's [Blazer's] Independent Scouts attached to General Crook's scouting command, started through Loudon county on Friday last. The command were in the saddle all day and night, and finally reached Cabletown [Kabletown], on the Shenandoah river, about sixteen miles from Harper's Ferry.

The next morning, Capt. Brasher captured two of Moseby's [Mosby's] men, and received information from them that a small party from the guerrilla chieftain's outlaws were about two miles from Cabletown. Capt. Brasher started with two of his men on a reconnoitering expedition, and discovered a party of between thirty and forty of the enemy. He quickly returned to his main body, consisting of sixty-two men, and proceeded at once to meet them.

As soon as the enemy were in sight, Captain Brasher drew up his men in line and charged them. The rebels fell back until the rear of Captain Brasher's command had passed a cross-road, when Moseby, with over two hundred men, made a sudden dash on both sides of the road, and a sharp encounter ensued.

The Union scouts were confined at this time to a narrow lane, without much chance to maneuver, and were consequently surrounded and subjected to a deadly fire. Twenty-two of Brasher's command were killed on the spot; among the number was Lieutenant Cole [Coles]. Eight were wounded, and the balance - thirty-two in number - were captured.

Some few of the captured have since made their escape. One of them escaped by detaching himself quietly from his captors and taking refuge in a neighboring farmhouse, where one of the occupants concealed him under the flooring, containing a trap-door covered by the carpeting of the room. The entire party were suddenly caught in a premeditated trap.

With the exception of the above occurrence nothing has happened in this department to disturb the monotony that has existed here for several days past. A drenching rain has continued unceasingly for the past two days, and the roads are in very unsatisfactory condition. The streets are ankle-deep with mud.

The Baltimore and Ohio Railroad between Harper's Ferry and Martinsburg is well guarded, and perfectly safe from any guerrilla attack.

Rebel Deserters in West Virginia. - The Wheeling Intelligencer says:

"As the winter season comes on the rebel deserters are swarming into this department from the South. We were informed yesterday that within the past five weeks two or three thousand soldiers have come in at one point to say nothing of those who are constantly coming in at other points. It is deemed advisable not to mention the particular route by which the deserters escape to our lines, for fear the rebel authorities may stop up the hole."

A Woman to be Hung. - Sarah Jane Smith, of Washington county, Arkansas, has been sentenced to be hung on the 25th of the present month, by a military commission at St. Louis, for cutting government telegraph wires.

Killed. - Lieutenant D. Snowden, of the 17th West Virginia infantry, was thrown from the cars, at New Creek Station, on the Baltimore and Ohio railroad, on Thursday night, run over and instantly killed.

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