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The Daily Dispatch: March 2, 1864., [Electronic resource], Daring raid of the enemy — they Approach within three miles of the City — their Repulse on the Brook road — reported Fighting on the Westham Plank road. (search)
ed the city last night that a portion of them had crossed James river, whilst the others were moving in the direction of Richmond on the Westham plankroad, with the view, it is conjectured, of forming a junction with the column that was repulsed on the Brook turnpike. If it be true that any portion of them crossed James river — which was doubted at the War office--the design doubtless is, in conjunction with those approaching on the Westham road, to attempt the release of the prisoners on Belle Isle. About nightfall musketry firing was heard on the plankroad, supposed to be about five miles distant from the city, and as a body of our troops had been sent in that direction, the inference is that they had come up with the approaching enemy. Of the result of the firing we had learned nothing up to the time of writing this article. Later. Since writing the above, some fifteen prisoners, captured at different points along the line of the enemy's routes, have been brought in. They