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The Daily Dispatch: August 25, 1864., [Electronic resource] 1 1 Browse Search
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A letter from Alexandria, Virginia, describes the situation of the Southern people in that vicinity as very distressing. They have been robbed of horses, cows, chickens and provisions, and the Yankee troops stationed in the town are out daily foraging upon the country people for milk, butter, and even the bread baked for daily use. The negroes who have not gone off with the Yankees remain with their (nominal) owners as spies upon them, and report regularly what they do to the Federal authorities. Only two Confederate newspapers have been received in the neighborhood for a year, and they were the cause of a gathering of all the neighbors to read them. Mr. Samuel Ceatts, an old citizen of Alexandria, is dead. Commander Gustavus Scott, of Fairfax county, is now in command of the Philadelphia navy-yard.