NP, MT 7/29/1864

From the Macon (Ga.) Telegraph
July 29, 1864
Raid on the Montgomery & West Point Railroad
   The Yankee force that committed such wide-spread depredation on the Montgomery & West Point Railroad came down through North-eastern Alabama, and their purpose was first suspected or understood when they reached the neighborhood of Talladega. Gen. Clanton, with a small force of cavalry, pushed on immediately from a position above Talladega to intercept them. He encountered them twice in that region -- at Ten Islands and at Greensport, on both of which occasions, small as his force was, he arrested their progress and drove them back on the roads by which they were advancing. But they had fleet and fresh horses, selected for the daring enterprise, and were soon ahead and advancing toward their line of operations. General Clanton followed as fast as the wearied condition of his horses would admit. The Yankees struck the railroad between Notasula and Auburn. At or near Chehaw they encountered a force hastily organized and sent on from Montgomery and other places, and a sharp fight here occurred, the particulars of which have not yet reached us. It, however, checked the progress of the raiders towards Montgomery, and they concentrated to destroy the track, &c., to and east of Auburn.
   At Auburn they destroyed the railroad and Government property of all kinds. It is by some said that they did no damage to private property, and by others that they burnt the Railroad Hotel, kept by Mr. James S. Moore. The report of their killing three gentlemen of Auburn in cold blood is doubtless unfounded. At Opelika two car loads of leather were destroyed, and the raiders took as much bacon as they wanted themselves, and burnt and distributed the balance among the poor. There was not over ten thousand pounds of Government bacon there. They took all the horses and mules they could get, and were thus enabled to keep their command mounted on vigorous animals. From Opelika they advanced but a mile or so in this direction, tearing up the track. They were still closely followed by Gen. Clanton with his jaded force or not more than two hundred cavalry and the citizen force from the western division of the road, and had they been vigorously met at Opelika by a force from this direction, there is little doubt that they would have sustained a severe repulse and been compelled to take to the woods from a point whence their escape to Sherman's lines would have been more difficult. They arrived at Opelika on Tuesday, and left it the same evening.
   On the West Point branch they tore up the track for about a mile and a half, when the pursuit from the West, with the intimation, doubtless, that a warm reception awaited them at West Point, compelled them to abandon the railroad track and retreat in the direction of LaFayette. Gen. Clanton followed them, with his small and worn out command, through LaFayette, and there finding that they were far ahead, and were much better mounted and making directly for Sherman's lines, he gave up the pursuit. He captured, along his whole pursuing track, 25 or 30 prisoners, 70 or 80 horses, a number of guns and some ammunition, &c.
   The report that the Yankees reached Tuskegee and burnt building there, was false, as was also the report of their advance to Yoagesboro'.
   We learn that Mr. _____, of Opelika, killed three of the raiders by bushwhacking them.
   The raiding force was a division of cavalry, commanded by Gen. Rosseau, a lawyer of Louisville, Ky., and consisted of 1,500 or 2,000 picked men, splendidly equipped and mounted on choice horses.
   The raiders obtained possession of an engine and tender sent up from this city for observation, on Tuesday. The engine ran off the track near Opelika, and was abandoned on the approach of the enemy.
Col. Enq.