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The Daily Dispatch: February 3, 1864., [Electronic resource], Handsome affair near Smithfield.--capture of Yankees and Destruction of a gunboat. (search)
Handsome affair near Smithfield.--capture of Yankees and Destruction of a gunboat. On Sunday last a gunboat came up Pagan creek in Isle of Wight county, and landed twenty five cavalry, two pieces of artillery, and one hundred and fifty infantry at Smithfield. The parties composing this expedition had instructions to march across the country to Cherry Grove, on Chuckatuck creek, and capture the Confederate pickets there. In the meantime the Yankee gunboat was to go around and meet the Yankees at Cherry Grove. At Scott's factory, four or five miles from Smithfield, the invaders were by about seventy five Confederate cavalry, when a skirmish , and the Yankee back to Smithfield, losing prisoners. At Smithfield they were the aid of their gunboat, it having to Cherry Grove, and our men, being attacked and captured the whole not a man hart of the Yankees killed and two or A telegram from Col. Station states in addition to that the gunboat Smith was attacked by the Confede