A RAID OF THE REBELS
Correspondence of the Columbus, Ohio Journal
Frankfort. Kentucky, Saturday, Oct.19,1861
The latest news from Lousia, the County seat of Lawrence County, Kentucky is rather alarming.
It appears that on last Saturday night the rebels burned several houses of Union men in Lousia.
The houses were fired by an advance guard, or by resident Secessionists, and the report is
that 5,000 rebels were marching to attack and occupy the town. Nearly every man in Lousia had
gone to Catlettsburg, in the adjoining County of Boyd, for aid to repel the rebels. Hon. Laban
T. Moores, member of Congress from Kenutcky, has been raising a regiment in Boyd County for
some time, and it is probable that the programme of the rebels is to attack and break up his
half-formed regiment. "Labe" is a fighting man, and he is surrounded by brave mountaineers who
have trusty rifles, and, if attacked, there will be some rebel blood left there to pollute the
mountain soil, and create a stench in the pure mountain air.
It is not certainly known whether these are the rebels that Breckinridge, Preston and others
collected in Floyd County, or a set of starved thieves from Western Virginia into Kentucky,
through what is called the Sounding Gap, it is possible that these are a band of ragged fugi-
itives from the disagreeable presence of Gen. Rosecrans. There seems to be a good road from
Sounding Gap to Petersburgh, in Floyd County, down the Sandy River Valley.
It is confidently believed by the Union men in the Sandy Valley that from three thousand to
five thousand Union men in Kentucky, has already gone to Greenup County, on the Virginia
border, to organize these hardy and bold sons of thunder into regiments. I tell you that when
these regiments are formed and ready for the field the rebels had better look out. Most of the
counties in that region are strong for the Union-there are however, a few exceptions, and it is
in these exceptions that the rebels are congregating. It seems to me that the Union forces
there will be able to swallow up all the rebels that can come against them.
The following obligation, executed by seventy-four citizens, worth more than one million of
dollars, residing in and near Frankfort, Kentucky, will show the true loyal spirit that prevails
here. Those who cannot carry a gun to the battle-field are ready and willing to support the wives
and children of those who can. viz.:
SUPPORT OF THE FAMILIES OF VOLUNTEERS
The undersigned hereby pledge themselves to each other, and to the families of those who have or
may hereafter volunteer from Franklin County, under the laws of Kentucky or of the United States,
to do all in their power to protect, defend and supply with the necessaries of life, the families
of such volunteers as may need assistance.
Given under our hand this 28th day of September, 1861.