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The Daily Dispatch: July 4, 1862., [Electronic resource] 1 1 Browse Search
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The great struggle.retreat of the Federal forces.Incidents, &c. Our reports from the scene of operations yesterday were exceedingly meagre, and to obtain really reliable information was decidedly difficult. Of rumors there was no scarcity, from early in the morning until late in the evening. In the forenoon the following dispatch was received at this office and posted upon the bulletin: "Chester, July 3, 1862. "Mr. E. W. Orr, just from the Hundreds, reports no gunboats above City Point; all having gone to Westover. The Yankee troops have all passed down the same direction. They left a great many wounded and sick at Shirley, besides a large lot of stores, &c. A great many of the Federals were driven from Shirley by the Confederate troops, and escaped over into Eppes's Island. Heavy firing was heard down the river this morning." Eppes's Island is opposite City Point, and separated from the main land (Shirley) by a marsh, which is overflowed at high tide. It