NP, AC 7/21/1864

From the Augusta Constitutionalist
July 21, 1864
The Enemy at Ashville, Ala.
   The passenger train on the Alabama & Tennessee River Railroad which left here at the usual hour yesterday morning arrived at Blue Mountain last night at 11 o'clock, where it was stopped by our military authorities and ordered to return this morning at 2 o'clock, it being reported that a force of Yankee cavalry twelve hundred strong, was at Ashville, St. Clair county, thirty-five miles above Talladega. It was thought that the Yankees had divided their force into three columns, with a view, it was supposed, of striking Talladega, the Coosa River Bridge and Montevallo. We have a guard at the bridge, but not sufficient to hold it against such a force as is reported on the way there. Gen. Clanton, we are glad to learn, is in the enemy's rear and pursuing them. The train left this morning at the usual hour, but will probably not go farther than Montevallo or the Coosa bridge, twenty miles beyond there. We hope, however, to get further and more satisfactory information by this evening.
   Since penning the above, we are informed that Gen. Clanton captured a Yankee courier, on Tuesday, with a dispatch to the officer in command of Yankee cavalry at Decatur, Ala., ordering him to move immediately in two columns, and strike the Alabama & Tennessee River Railroad at two points, destroying it and laying waste the country as they go. It was learned from the captured dispatch that a force of the enemy had been ordered from Rome for the same purpose. We regard this intelligence as perfectly reliable.
Selma Mississippian