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The Daily Dispatch: November 25, 1861., [Electronic resource], Letter from George N. Saunders to Louis Kossuth. (search)
Eighteenth, in command of pickets near Annandale, was severely reprimanded by Gen. Franklin a few days ago, for negligence in extinguishing the flames in a costly dwelling in that vicinity, fired by the Garibaldians. The dwelling had been deserted, but the furniture had been left in it. Large shade trees fronting it were girdled, and the entire property destroyed, Gen. Franklin caused an order, reprimanding in severe terms, to be read at the head of every regiment in his division. Capt. Bennett, with a party of fifty of the Lincoln Cavalry, four miles within the enemy's pickets, reports that many of the dwellings, built in fine taste and surrounded by beautiful gardens and shrubbery, are deserted by their owners, who have not even taken care of their contents. He saw silver ware and other valuables lying on the tables and in the closets, the buildings in all their apartments bearing evidence of having been abandoned in haste. Many of the negroes he had met begged most piteous