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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