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The defeat of Wilson's raiders.[Correspondence of the Richmond Dispatch. Stony Creek Depot, Sussex county, Va, July 2, 1864. The cavalry under the command of Gen. Hampton have had a glorious time in this vicinity with the Yankee raiders, and have won imperishable laurels in the last few weeks. After almost driving Sheridan in the James river, on the north side, and placing so many of his licensed thieves hors de combat, a portion of our cavalry came over this side to see after Wilson's gang of raiders. On Tuesday evening they were encountered some three miles west of this place by Gen J R Chambliss's brigade, at Sappony Church. The regiments of this brigade soon drove the enemy back a distance of more than a mile, with a considerable loss to the enemy, but then, the Yankees being largely reinforced, they fell back to their original position at the church, quickly threw up breastworks of rails and awaited the advance of the enemy, who soon made his appearance. Three assau
The Daily Dispatch: July 6, 1864., [Electronic resource], Revelation of a Mammoth scheme of operations. (search)
icer a most extended programme which had been chalked out by Grant, but which, through the energy and vigilance of our troops, was happily frustrated. It is thus summed up by the Petersburg Express: This officer states that Wilson and Kantz were to effect a most thorough destruction of the Southside and Danville railroads, but were to part company this side of Danville. Wilson was to come down through the rich counties of Charlotte, Lunenburg, Brunswick, Mecklenburg, Greensville, and Sussex, stealing all the horses and negroes which could be found in his way, and again enter Grant's lines by way of Stony creek; and if this point proved impracticable, to come out where he entered, at Reams's Station.--Kantz was to proceed to Danville, from thence to Greensboro', then on to Raleigh, and thence along the Raleigh and Gaston Railroad to Weldon. At the latter place, the bridge was to be burned, and Kantz was then to make for the Black water, and come around through Southampton, Surr