NEW MARKET, Va., May 8.
Yesterday p. m. the rebel pickets above Columbia bridge, on the east side of the Shenandoah, were driven back by detachments under Col. Foster, who was subsequently abuscaded by two rebel regiments. The action lasted an hour, when Col. Foster withdrew in good order. The enemy did not pursue. A company of Vermont cavalry was cut off and surrounded, but escaped by swimming the river.
The enemy’s loss is not stated, except seven prisoners belonging to the 6th VA and 7th La., which indicates that the enemy’s force was of Ewell’s brigade. This morning twelve of our men were reported missing.
It is reported here that a skirmish occurred yesterday near Staunton, between Milroy’s advance and Edward Johnson’s command. The latter was repulsed and retreated.
– Published in The Davenport Daily Gazette, Davenport, Iowa, Saturday Morning, May 10, 1862, p. 2