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The Daily Dispatch: December 21, 1863., [Electronic resource], The raid into Southwestern Virginia--depredations of the enemy. (search)
r mill.-- exception of horses and negroes, was very little private property dis From one of the hotels they took of corn, provisions, and some bed ing, and from the store of Mr. Brown carried off a lot of flour, sugar, and each other articles as suited them. No citizens were molested except those who attempted to escape. About forty of these were arrested, including eight or ten students of Roanoke College, but all were released after being taken about ten miles from the town, on the Newcastle road. The injury done to the railroad is not as great as was at first supposed. Two bridges were burned--one across Mason's creek, a rails and a half east of Salem, and the other the bridge across Roanoke river, six miles vest of the town. About 300 yards of the track was torn up, and the turntable at the depot destroyed. It is believed the whole damage to the road can be repaired in five or six days. The telegraph wires were cut, but not taken off. The principal loss of the cit
he Salem raiders. On Tuesday night they surprised and fired into the camp of Captain White, on Catawba creek, and captured 17 men and about one hundred horses, which were being recuperated. Farmers who arrived at Bonsack's this evening say that the enemy were on this side of Craig's creek, 18 miles from Salem, at noon yesterday. Their camp was visible from the mountains. Craig's creek was rising rapidly yesterday, and impossible to ford, which prevents the enemy's further retreat on the Newcastle road. [Second Dispatch.] Lynchburg, Dec. 19. --Passengers this evening report that the enemy, finding Craig's creek past fording, changed their course up the Catawba, and camped on Thursday night ten miles below Montgomery White Sulphur Springs. Their object in taking this route is to strike the Salt Pond road, leading towards the Kanawha Valley. Their capture is confidently expected. Reported skirmishing yesterday at Blacksburg. [third Dispatch.] Lynchburg, Dec. 20.