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The Daily Dispatch: January 5, 1865., [Electronic resource] 3 1 Browse Search
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hip Baltic yesterday afternoon, en route to Point Lookout, Maryland. The condition of these prisoners was exceedingly tched, many of them being without kets and overcoats, and in some shoeless and hatless. Two-thirds of the number apparently had not yet reached the age of twenty-one, while the remaining third of them ranged between the years of twelve and sixteen. Fifty picked men of the One Hundred and Sixteenth New York volunteers, under command of Captain Thomas P. Reilly, Lieutenant W. J. Mosby and Lieutenant Walter Thorn, now control Farrow's island, near Dutch gap, in the James river. A reconnaissance was recently made by this command to a point opposite the Hewlett House battery, which resulted in the driving in of the enemy's pickets and the entire dispossession of the enemy, giving us entire control of this important point. Among the results of this movement was the destruction of the pontoon boat which had been for a long time successfully used by the enemy in maki
ay have been trying to "paralyze" some of our garrisons somewhere by the same means they used so unsuccessfully against the garrison of fort Fisher. On Tuesday morning the enemy's batteries near the Appomattox river shelled furiously the suburb of Petersburg as Pocahontas, but without any other result than causing the residents to seek safer quarters in another part of the town. We learn that General Torbert, on his retreat from Gordonsville, narrowly escaped capture by a squad of Mosby's men. They fired on him several times; but, putting spurs to his horse, he managed to escape, apparently unhurt, and rejoined his command, from which he had separated for a few moments to call at the house of an acquaintance. We received on yesterday some authentic intelligence from Abingdon. We had previously heard that Stoneman captured upwards of twenty-two hundred of our cattle there. There was no truth in the report. Captain R. A. Williams, commissary of the post, hearing at da