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The Daily Dispatch: December 20, 1861., [Electronic resource] 1 1 Browse Search
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our men died en route for this place, but, as yet, the regiment is in good health. Before starting from Christiansburg the officers of the regiment held a meeting and sent Capt. James C. Taylor to Richmond, to ask of Gen. Cooper a suspension of marching orders, until the men were or could be supplied with overcoats; but the General refused to suspend the order and directed Capt. McLellend to send on five hundred overcoats. To our surprise, when they reached the regiment at Cedar Bluff, in Tazewell county, they were found to be made of cotton goods and were at once returned to the Captain at Richmond. The enemy left here in great haste. When they entered the town, they fired upon it without giving the women and children any chance for escape. This seems to be characteristic of the brave and gallant General Nelson. The ladies of this place hailed our approach with shouting and cheers — a perfect hallow of shouts went up for Jeff, Davis and his brave boys by the citizens as