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part of the people. The subject is not a dry one, even for a newspaper man, yet want of space compels us to dismiss it with the remark that the river yesterday experienced a collapse sufficient to lower its surface eight feet. The effects of the present freshet have been particularly disastrous on the South side of the river, opposite Richmond. The valuable and highly cultivated lands lying on its margin are now all overflowed, the dykes constructed for the especial purpose of keeping the tides out having given away under the heavy pressure, and the angry flood now cover thousands of acres of the very best land the lower Virginia, entirely destroying the crops, and destroying all chance for pitching a crop there this year. The low-lands of the following gentlemen in Chesterfield have been flooded, viz: J. B. Jones, T. V. Burgess, Henry Cox, Dr. John Howlett, the Messrs. Friend, Boulware, Fenoley, Gregory, Willis, A. H. Drewry, and others. The destruction of crops will be heavy.
Man Drowned. --The body of a white man was washed ashore near Dr. John Howlett's mill on James river, about seven miles above City Point, on Monday morning, the 23d inst. Though the body was in a state of rapid decomposition, yet no marks of violened could be detected.
Man Drowned. --The body of a white man was washed ashore near Dr. John Howlett's mill on James river, about seven miles above City Point, on Monday morning, the 22d inst. Though the body was in a state of rapid decomposition, yet no marks of violence could be defected.
The Daily Dispatch: May 21, 1864., [Electronic resource], The War News — Grant Quiet — Another Reverse for Butler on the Southside — the battles in Louisiana, &c. (search)
'clock reached a high bluff, almost in sight of Richmond. Hear the roar of cannon all around. It is supposed that the gunboats have advanced, or are advancing up the river, and shelling the rebels on the other side. We have now advanced to the river, and are supposed to be below Fort Darling. Another fort has been constructed for the support of Darling. It seems to be a pretty strong place. The 34th was now thrown out as skirmishers on the extreme right. Advanced until we came to Dr. John Howlett's house on the bluffs of the river. Here would have been a good feast for the boys in the way of forage, but the officers took charge of the house and placed a guard around it, with instructions that they should not allow the fowls, &c, to be disturbed; but one officer ordered a private to knock over a chicken for him. The private made the attempt, but the guard stopped him, when the officer told the private not to mind them. This was a pretty example for privates. We have numerous i