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The Daily Dispatch: December 28, 1863., [Electronic resource] 6 0 Browse Search
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o swim my command and drag my artillery with ropes across Cragg's creek seven times in twenty four hours. On my return I found six separate commands, Gens. Early, Jones, Fitz Lee, Jackson, Echols, and McCourtin, arranged in a from Staunton to New port, upon all the available roads to prevent my return. I captured a dispatch from Gen. Jones to Gen. Early, giving me the position (and that of Jackson at Clifton Porge and Covington.) which he was selected to carry. I marched from the front of Jones to that of Jackson during the night. His were pressed in at a gallop by the 8th Virginia mounted infantry, and the two bridges across Jackson river saved. AlJones to that of Jackson during the night. His were pressed in at a gallop by the 8th Virginia mounted infantry, and the two bridges across Jackson river saved. Although faggots had been piled ready to ignite, my column, four miles long, hastened across, regardless of the enemy, until all but my ambulances and a few wagons and one regiment had passed, when a strong effort was made to retake the first bridge, which did not succeed. The ambulances and some sick men were lost, and by the darkn