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The Daily Dispatch: May 4, 1863., [Electronic resource], The Federal raid into East Mississippi. (search)
They threatened several other points on the road down, but did not come quite to them.--The manner in which this raid has been conducted proves that the Yanks are greatly improving in the art of raiding; for they would send out small parties with big stories and threaten points on the Mobile and Ohio Railroad, while their main body was striking a bee line for the Southern road, thus drawing our forces up the road and away from the real point of attack. "They struck the Southern road at Newton about 7 o'clock Friday morning. They arrested the agent there, but he managed to have his son run down the road to warn the trains from Meridian of their danger in time to save them, though they caught a freight and construction train, burnt the depot, a large amount of sugar and molasses, and other stores; and damaged the road for three miles by burning the little trestle works, the largest being about 70 feet in length. The damage to the road does not amount to near so much as was at firs