Capt. Hightower's Home Guard company, at Demossville, Pendleton county, twenty-miles from Covington, on the line of the Kentucky Central Railroad, was surprised by the rebels on Monday night, and all but five or six captured. Capt. Hightower is among the number who escaped. He says the rebels are in considerable force, and evidently intend to move this way. They took about eighty-five guns from his men, and are gathering up all the arms in the county. of rebels and Union men alike. They are very active in recruiting, having succeeded in enlisting about fifty men, in a very short time, at the little town of Demossville. Persons who have professed the most unalterable attachment to the Union cause all along, turned violent rebels upon the appearance of the enemy, and were foremost in pointing out where arms, etc., might he found. Capt. Hightower thinks they will get five or six hundred recruits in Pendleton county, and all the guns, pistol, and other weapons.
Cincinnati Commercial, Sept. 10, as reprinted in the Daily Alta California, October 6, 1862