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The attack on Franklin. On Tuesday the enemy, in considerable force, made an attack on the village of Franklin, Southampton county, which they shelled for more than two hours. They also made several attempts to cross Blackwater river, on which Franklin is situated, but the reception given them by our forces there kept them in check. Their numbers were not known, but it is supposed they had with them more than one brigade. Some twelve or fourteen of their number were made prisoners. There were several other unimportant skirmishes on the same stream within the past few days.
ertained. The Petersburg Express says it has been the practice of the commanders at these two points for some time past, to remove bodies of men from one to the other place, in the day, and bring them back at night, and endeavor to make the impression upon the citizens that reinforcements were arriving in the night. This has sometimes to reports of increase in the army which did not prove to be true. On Tuesday a body of the enemy's cavalry — about 500 in number — advanced from Suffolk to Zuni, and opened fire upon our pickets at long range. The fire was returned, and our pickets hold their position. Two Yankees were killed and no one hurt on our side. O. C. Crump of the Petersburg cavalry, was captured by the enemy on Sunday, near Chuckatuck, and carried to Suffolk. The citizens in the region of country around Suffolk are being daily robbed of provisions, poultry, horses, cattle, and bed clothing and every vacant house and the cut houses on the plantations are being pulled
From the South side. Reports were yesterday busily circulated of a skirmish which is said to have occurred at Franklin on Blackwater river, on Tuesday evening. A portion of Dodge's New York Mounted Riflemen were represented to have encountered some of our cavalry and a section of Wright's Rockett Battery. The battle is said to have lasted upwards of an hour and finally resulted in the loss of the section of Wright's battery engaged, and about fifteen of our men killed and wounded. The loss of the enemy is not known, as they were left in possession of the field. It is reported, however, that two of their horses were captured.
From the South-side. A member of Dodge's New York Mounted Riflemen deserted and came into our lines, near Zuni, a few days ago, and arrived at Petersburg on Friday. He is represented to be a likely, intelligent man, and has been in the service but three months, but expresses himself as fully satisfied with his war experience. He gives it as his opinion that there are not more than 15,000 now in and around Suffolk, and says that an attempt will be made to cross Backwater, at or near Franklin, at an early day, and that the material for pontoon bridges reached Norfolk on Friday week. Corcoran's Irish Legion arrived at Suffolk on Saturday week, and were received with some enthusiasm Corcoran was not with the Legion, being left at Fortress Monroe, where he lies quite ill with aphoid pneumonia. Corcoran is said to have expressed a desire to be assigned to duty at Suffolk, with the hope that opportunity might be afforded of avenging some "indignities" offered him in Petersburg i
off in the direction of Isle of Wight Court-House, but at dusk suddenly diverged and bore towards Zuni and Joyner's Ford, bivouacking for the night at the farm of Robert D. Marshall. Zuni and Joyner'Zuni and Joyner's Ford, are near the sources of the Blackwater River, and but four miles distant from each other. At day dawn Friday morning the enemy made a simultaneous attack upon our troops at Zuni and JoyneZuni and Joyner's Ford, there being one company of Col. Claiborne's Rangers at each place. The rangers were dismounted, and fought gallantly, repulsing the enemy at each place, and driving him from the opposite ba About 8 o'clock, the enemy's cavalry having succeeded in fording or swimming the river, between Zuni and Joyner's Ford, suddenly made their appearance in the rear of Capt. Sykes's company at Joyner'soners along with them. When the cars left Ivor Friday afternoon, a fight was progressing at Zuni, but up to a late hour last night we were unable to obtain any of the particu- lars. And he
The South-side. On Thursday last three Yankee gunboats ascended the Nottoway and Blackwater rivers, but were driven back by the forces under Gen. Pryor. They were subsequently reinforced by two others, and at last accounts the five were lying ten miles below Franklin in the Chowan, and supposed to be preparing for another attack. The Petersburg Express says that the Yankee accounts of the recent fight at Zuni and Joyner's Ford make out a much more disastrous result to the Yankees thahe forces under Gen. Pryor. They were subsequently reinforced by two others, and at last accounts the five were lying ten miles below Franklin in the Chowan, and supposed to be preparing for another attack. The Petersburg Express says that the Yankee accounts of the recent fight at Zuni and Joyner's Ford make out a much more disastrous result to the Yankees than was supposed. Two hundred killed and wounded, and they opposed by a mere handful of Confederates, was indeed a glorious result.
The Daily Dispatch: January 6, 1863., [Electronic resource], The Inside history of the battles around Richmond — the instructions of McDowell — his correspondence with McClellan. (search)
Arrival of Yankees. --About thirty Yankee prisoners arrived in the city yesterday, via Petersburg cars. They were captured in squads at various places — some on the Blackwater river, in Southampton county, some at Zuni Station, and a few in North Carolina. They were carried to General Winder's office and thence to the Libby prison.--The prisoners here are very anxious to be off, and our Government is equally solicitous to get rid of them; but going is out of the question until they are sent for. Last night Lieut. Pearson, of the 1st N C cavalry, brought down on the Central railroad eighteen Yankee cavalrymen, captured at various times in Fauquier; also, two citizens (not natives) of that county, who sought employment of the Yankees, and were found working on their breastworks.
12 miles east of Jackson. A great battle is imminent. Banks is to raise a corps d'afrique (corps d'affrights) consisting of eighteen regiments. Banks has ordered one hundred citizens to be held as hostages in close confinement for those who killed Capt Dwight near Bayou Courtableu. Col. Grierson made a speech in New Orleans, and said there was a strong Union sentiment in Mississippi. He says the men and resources of the rebel army have been greatly exaggerated. Grant and Porter have issued congratulatory orders upon the taking of Port Gibson. There was a fight near Blackwater river on May 1st--three killed and eighteen wounded. It is said, "by all odds, the severest infantry fight yet had in the vicinity of Suffolk." The rebels attacked their trains. The Federal say they fell back to get them in the open field. The fight occurred near Suffolk. The rebels attacked a Yankee party who were pulling up rails. Seven Yankee regiments were in the engagement.
The Daily Dispatch: April 22, 1864., [Electronic resource], Capture of Plymouth, N. C.--Twenty-five hundred prisoners and thirty pieces of artillery taken. (search)
nt, the fact will soon be known. But whether they are or are not; the taking of that town is an event highly cheering, and in itself of great importance. We recover the Roanoke valley entirely to Albemarle Sound, and that is a great deal.--It is needless to speak of its advantages.--They are understood and appreciated by our people. We should add that the Chowan river, which empties itself into the Albemarle Sound near Edenton, has for its tributaries the Meherrin, Nottoway, and Blackwater rivers — the latter of which, at least, the enemy has employed to his advantage in his movements upon Southside Virginia. With a formidable iron-clad to keep guard in the sound, the enemy cannot safely continue his aquatic performances thereabouts. Nor can he carry on with impunity his commerce for military purposes through the Dismal Swamp, via the Pasquotank river, to and from Elizabeth City, located on that river, also a tributary to Albemarle Sound. It may be inferred that no Yanke
n hundred; Boone, two thousand; Randolph, one thousand; Calloway and Monroe, eight hundred each. In addition to the recruits, the rebels are constantly gathering arms from he captured garrisons, and their army is assuming alarming proportions. The Herald gives the following as the very latest from Missouri: General Rosecrans, who is now at the front, in command of the Union forces pursuing General Price, says, in his latest telegrams, that the main rebel army is still east of Blackwater river. This is regarded as favorable, in consideration of the present disposition of the national troops, and gives hope that General Rosecrans will be able to overtake and compel the rebel chieftain to fight. A large force from Kansas City, Missouri, under General Curtis, and also a considerable body of Kansas militia, are moving eastward upon Price. The War in Kentucky. The Confederate cavalry seem to be making warm work in Kentucky. The train which left Cincinnati for Lexington,
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