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The Daily Dispatch: May 12, 1864., [Electronic resource], The Combined movement on Richmond — the enemy on the Southside — fight at Chester — the great cavalry raid, &c. (search)
elonging to a New York regiment, were brought in yesterday. They are intelligent and fine looking. They represent that there is over $400 bounty money due them, and that they are tired of the war anyhow. They say that great dissatisfaction exists in the army, and that the chief cause is the negro troops, several thousand being in the army now at Bermuda Hundreds.--These men declare that the fighting at Port Walthall Junction Saturday was terrible, and that they suffered very severely. Gen Heckman's orderly was killed by his side, his horse was shot under him, and the fingers of one hand were shot off.--They say that Butler was in command, and Gillmore was on the field. The impression prevails throughout the army that Gen Beauregard was in command. Butler caused a telegram to be read to the troops early Saturday morning, stating that Grant had gained a great victory over Lee; had driven him twenty miles, and at last accounts was still driving him. This lying announcement was rece
spondence: The fight at Port Waithall Junction. Gen Heckman really advanced, by order of Gen. Smith, with his brigadey had no artillery, which fact gave us the advantage, and Heckman, after a lively musketry fire, succeeded in driving them ollery! Wait until to-morrow and we will pay you off" As Gen Heckman had received orders not to bring on an engagement, he reorganized and marched in three columns to meet the enemy. Heckman's brigade again went out on the left, and three brigades, the position which he held yesterday in the encounter with Heckman, and divert his attention while the column on the right ade 100th New York, whose injuries are said to be slight. Gen Heckman's horse was killed, and a ball tore his glove, grazing hM, on our extreme left. I have ascertained that it was by Heckman's division, who had been sent to take possession of the rability of "bagging" these adventurous militiamen, now that Heckman has seized the railroad over which they were transported f
s made. The surprise was a partial, but not a complete success. On the right Heckman's brigade; of smith's corps, upon whom the first blow fell, almost surrounded, were driven back on another brigade in confusion, and many of them, including Gen. Heckman, were taken prisoners. The Confederate also gained other important advantages on this part of the line, but it is stated, were not so successful in the assault on Gen Gillmore's corps, which occupied the left. The result, in brief, was al, it is said, attacked in overwhelming numbers. We do not see that the operations in this quarter give the slightest promise of success, not withstanding the glowing accounts of the correspondents of the press, and the fact that Gen. Butler commands in person. In the meantime the women of Richmond, aware of his proximity and peculiarities, are removing their pianofortes and teaspoons. Recent reports state that Gen Butler lost five thousand men when Gen Heckman was engaged with the enemy.