Movements of the Rebels, prior to the Retreat
The Situation Interesting for a few days.
The Omette of the 12th. contained the following: We visited the fortifications and outside lines, yesterday, Sept. 11, along the Lexington Pike. At a point one mile from Latonia Springs, we were warned by our cavalry scouts not to proceed farther, as they had encountered the enemy's pickets a short distance beyond. At this point we met Mr. Tosso, accompanied by his family, footing it along the pike, to Covington and Cincinnati. He reports the rebels were in force at Latonia Springs and in the neighbourhood in which be resides. On Thursday, General Preston Smith (not Kirby) and staff, accompanied by a force of four hundred cavalry and infantry, stopped at his house and demanded dinner, which was prepared for the party, who conducted themselves in an orderly manner, and quietly departed after partaking of the meal and spending two and a half hours at his house. Mr. Tosso informs us that they have taken all the horses they could find. They relieved Mr. Jno. W. Coleman of two fine horses. His son was seen in the rebel ranks by Mr. Tosso's family. He had been forced to join them. We learn that Mr. Coleman has since been paroled. Last night, at 6 o'clock, a scout came in to Anderson's Ferry, and reported to Captain Stewart, of the gunboat John A. Gurley, that he had been out four miles in the direction of Burlington and Falmouth, and along the Lexington Pike. He encountered our cavalry scouts, who report the enemy falling back. Col. Guthrie informed us last night that a detachment of our cavalry had just returned from Florence. They report the rebels evacuating in great confusion, leaving much of their camp equipage. This party of cavalry, he says, captured six rebel stragglers the Georgia and Alabama regiments. A number of prisoners and suspicious persons were also captured by scouting parties from the gunboats cruising down the river. The Izetta was as low down as North Bend last night, and reports all quiet along the river as far as that point. Capt. Jos. Williams, on the gunboat Cottage, sent up dispatches yesterday, stating that the resell were
attempting to build a battery, on the Kentucky shore, a short distance below the mouth of the Kentucky river. We learn from passengers by the Louisville mail boat that the rebel Col. Freeman, with two hundred men, was scouring Carroll, Owen, and Gallatin counties, and had recruited 1,000 men. Our informant came up here for assistance.
Daily Alta California, October 6, 1862.