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The Daily Dispatch: December 5, 1863., [Electronic resource] 3 1 Browse Search
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atly superior numbers, gradually fell back a short distance. The troops opposed to the 3d corps were those of Ewell, now of Early, whose strength is estimated $21,000. Our loss in the 3d corps is variously sick from 500 to 900 in killed and wounded. There are rumors this morning of the capture of a large number of prisoners by the enemy, but nothing entirely authentic. It is probable, however, our loss in prisoners is considerable. Gen. Custer, commanding the cavalry division of Kilpatrick, crossed the river yesterday at Raction and Morton's Fords, and had several unimportant skirmishes with the enemy. No reports have yet been received at Gen. Pleasanton's headquarters. Some of Stuart's men made a dash on the rear of the 5th corps trains, destroying about twenty of our wagons. The whole army is this morning advancing in line of battle, and sharp skirmishing is going on in front. The enemy withdrew their skirmish line two miles towards Orange Court-House last night, an
Discharge of Dr. Peters. --The news of the capture of Dr. George B. Peters, who killed Gen. Earl Van Dorn, was published not long since.--He was arrested and carried to Meridian, Miss., and subsequently, brought before the Hon. Wm. Kilpatrick, at Okolona, on a writ of habeas corpus,on the 25th November. After a hearing he was discharged, there being nothing against him to justify his detention.