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The Daily Dispatch: May 4, 1863., [Electronic resource], The Federal raid into East Mississippi. (search)
d a number of citizens who come under our conscript laws. This they have done all the way down. They destroyed all the records of the county, and their depredations were conducted in their usual brutal manner. While at Okalona they captured a Mr. Smith, who is section master on the Mobile and Ohio Railroad, and a German named Charley, who attends the tank. They threatened to burn the depot-house and tank, but Charley told them if they destroyed the road there that he and Smith would have toSmith would have to go into the army to make a living, but by saving the houses and roads the Yanks would have two men less to fight. After this kind of reasoning the Yanks thought best to let the road and wires alone, the operator, Mr. Walker, having just made his escape with the instruments. "They also made feints on West Point, Artesia, and came within two miles of Macon. They threatened several other points on the road down, but did not come quite to them.--The manner in which this raid has been conduc