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The Daily Dispatch: March 8, 1864., [Electronic resource], The repulse of the raiders Near Charlottesville. (search)
s from Charlottesville, where they had gone into camp. It was Capt. B's intention to attack them, but a courier arrived from Gen. Stuart, directing him not to attack, but merely to watch — so he retired a mile or two and camped, putting out pickets to watch the enemy's movements. They commenced moving about 12 o'clock at night, but all did not get off till daylight. At an early hour Capt. B. was on their track. About 8 o'clock he tell on their rear guard and drove them on the main body. He continued to follow rapidly, and when within two miles of Stanardsville came up with them again. Lt. Ford, with two men, was in advance, and came on them suddenly in a bend in the road, but nothing daunted by the odds against him he held his ground until Capt. Breathed came up, when the enemy were driven back in such haste that they were compelled to abandon a carriage, containing a negro woman and three children, they were taking off. After this it was impossible to come up with them again.