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The Daily Dispatch: October 16, 1862., [Electronic resource] 2 0 Browse Search
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he positively refused any longer time, and told them they would not be permitted to re-enter their houses to get a single article. Thus they had to leave their much loved homes, without taking a single article except what they had on their persons. At the expiration of the thirty minutes they commenced plundering the houses, and after taking away everything they wanted, they set fire to the whole town. They also fired the Court-House and jail. The only prisoner in jail was a negro of Captain Lee's, of the steamer Kentucky, who had been caught in attempting to get to the Yankees. They burnt him alive in the jail. Thus, Monday morning last the sun rose to find the little town of Prentiss in ashes. The enemy's fleet lay at the landing all night, and the town was set on fire. No more disturbance was made during the remainder of the night. Capt. Moyson had the place besieged all night, ready to attack them in case they should leave their boats far enough to give him a chance at t