Important War News.

Battle Near Winchester, Va.

Baltimore, Md. July 26, 1864

October 06, 2002

The Baltimore and Ohio Railroad - Telegraph Communication Interrupted - Martinsburg Occupied - Gen. Averell and Col. Mulligan said to be Killed - The Losses on Both Sides - Exaggerated Rumors &c.

At an early hour yesterday morning rumor was rife that a battle had taken place between the Union and rebel forces near Winchester, Va., and that the Union forces had sustained a repulse. Upon inquiry at official quarters the following facts were ascertained:

About eleven o'clock on Sunday morning, the rebel forces under Gens. Breckinridge and Early attacked the Union forces, under Gens. Crook and Averell and Col. Mulligan, at or near Winchester. There was also a portion of Gen. Hunter's forces in the fight, but Gen. Hunter was not present, being at Harper's Ferry.

The battle lasted during the entire day, and when night closed in, the Union commanders, ascertaining that the rebels had received large reinforcements, retired towards Martinsburg and Harper's Ferry, after which the rebels occupied Martinsburg.

Through the advice of General Hunter, Wm. Prescott Smith, Esq., superintendent of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad, ordered the passenger trains that had left this city for the West yesterday morning to return, and for the present no passenger or freight trains will be run further than Harper's Ferry and Frederick.

The trains from the West will run only as far as Cumberland. This is done merely as a precautionary measure until the actual state of affairs, the number of the rebels and their designs, may be ascertained. The rumors that passenger and freight trains have been captured are unfounded.

It was announced the Colonel Mulligan (of Lexington, Mo., fame), commanding a brigade in the fight on Sunday, was killed. He was wounded and seen to fall from his horse, and it was thought he was killed. He was an officer well known to this country, and his death will be deplored by many friends. He has for the past year done much service in Western Virginia along the line of the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad.

It was stated that Gen. Averell's forces sustained the heaviest loss, as the rebels massed a large force against them during the fight, and succeeded in taking several guns from them, which, however, it is reported, they succeeded in recapturing.

The actual forces of the enemy are not known, but if another raid is contemplated into Maryland, the military authorities are prepared to give them a warm reception.

Brig. Gen. Tyler was in the city yesterday evening, from the Relay House, and was at once assigned to important duties in the western section of the Middle Department.

The losses in the fight on Sunday are said to have been quite severe on both sides, but in the absence of the official accounts from the General commanding the engagement, all statements from unofficial authorities are withheld.

The reports last evening that the rebels had entered Maryland by Shepherdstown and Sharpsburg, and occupied Hagerstown, were not officially confirmed, and are not believed in military circles in this city.

Reports reached this city yesterday afternoon that Gen. Averell had been killed in the fight on Sunday, but Gen. Hunter, at Harper's Ferry, had not received, up to last evening, any confirmation of the rumor. Up to the hour of going to press there was nothing later received.

The telegraph communication only extended as far as Harper's Ferry, and nothing could be ascertained in regard to the movements of the rebels.

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