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The Daily Dispatch: November 19, 1864., [Electronic resource] 2 0 Browse Search
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Clearing out a Nest of deserters. The deserters who form themselves into bands in Mississippi to rob the country do not seem to have a very quiet time of it. A letter in the Mobile Advertiser, from Gainesville, Mississippi, gives an account of Seals's band, in Jones and Perry counties. It says: "Seals soon came across two soldiers, Daniel McCall and John Knight, who had been captured at Port Hundson and paroled, and lately exchanged, and told them that they should join him or leave the country. They left, but soon returned and captured four of his men, two of whom they hung, and shot another. This encouraged the citizens, who soon organized and went in pursuit of the outlaws. In their first day's scouting they captured five,--two Smiths, one Leonard and one Holleman,--with stolen horses, cattle, bed-clothes and bedding in their possession. They were tried and sentenced to be shot. These men made confessions, implicating some forty-two others. The next day, they capt