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The Daily Dispatch: May 25, 1863., [Electronic resource], Yankee depredations in Mathews county. (search)
Yankee depredations in Mathews county. A gentleman who arrived in this city on Saturday last, and who left Baltimore on Sunday last, coming through Mathews and adjoining counties, furnishes us with some interesting particulars of the depredations of the Yankees in that section. On Tuesday, the 19th inst., a party of Federal cavalry, estimated to number from 400 to 500, came over to Mathews Court-House, where they pillaged everything within reach. They left scarcely a horse or mule in the county, and burnt several flouring mills, declaring their determination to stop farming operations, and to prevent the grinding of what wheat might be raised. The mill of Mrs. Sparks was among those destroyed.--At the house of a prominent citizen they took every pound of bacon, drove off all the stock, and did not leave provisions sufficient to subsist the family for one week. They took from the person of a gentleman a fine gold watch, and on his complaining to the commanding officer, he was