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The Daily Dispatch: July 29, 1862., [Electronic resource], Results of a cavalry dash. (search)
During Feat.--burning of a Federal vessel. On Friday last some half-dozen men, attached to the Prince George cavalry, conceived the idea of destroying one or more of the Federal vessels, which for several days past have literally covered the surface of the river in front of Gen. McClellan's camp. Having procured a boat, (the largest accessible,) Corporal Cocke, Thos, Martin, Wm. Daniel, Alexander Dimitry, and Wm. Williams, embarked from Coggins's Point about one o'clock Saturday morning, and pulled off quietly for a very fine looking schooner, of 163 tons burthen, lying in the stream some half a mile from the southern shore. The Petersburg Express says: As they neared the vessel, a small dog on board discovered their movements and commenced barking furiously. Two gunboats were lying but a few hundred yards distant, and many steamers and sail vessels in close proximity; but the enterprise had been undertaken, and the brave boys could not think of returning without accompl