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ore horribly .on bleak Belle Isle, in the James River, in front of Richmond — circumstances which we shall consider hereafter.
Kilpatrick left camp at three o'clock on Sunday morning,
Feb. 28, 1864. with five thousand cavalry, picked from his own and the divisions of Merritt and Gregg, and crossing the Rapid Anna at Elly's Ford, swept around the right flank of Lee's army, by way of Spottsylvania Court-House, and pushing rapidly toward Richmond, struck the Virginia Central railway, at Beaver Dam Station, on the evening of the 29th, where had his first serious encounter with the Confederates.
While small parties were out, tearing up the road and destroying public property, he was. attacked by some troops that came up from Richmond, under the Maryland traitor,
this is from a sketch made by the author immediately after the evacuation of Richmond, in April, 1865, from the high bank of the James River, near the Tredegar works.
Looking across that stream southward.