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The Daily Dispatch: December 21, 1863., [Electronic resource], The raid into Southwestern Virginia--depredations of the enemy. (search)
him near where he fell. The only persons not released by them after being captured were two furloughed soldiers of the 2nd Va. cavalry, and Mr. Oakey, telegraph operator. The exact loss sustained by the Government is not known. Pitzer's loss in the burning of his mill is quite heavy. It is said that about 300 barrels of the flour burned in the depot belonged to the city of Petersburg, having been purchased by her agents. The beeves purchased by the same corporation had been driven off before the appearance of the enemy. The Rev. Dr. Seely, of this city, was in Salem, delivering the annual address before the Hollins Female Institute, when the Yankees made their appearance, but managed to make his escape. The destruction of the bridge across the Roanoke river it is reported was accomplished by a detachment of only fifteen men, who though six miles from any supports, remained at the bridge several hours. [Other particulars will be found under our telegraphic head.]