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The Daily Dispatch: May 12, 1864., [Electronic resource], The Combined movement on Richmond — the enemy on the Southside — fight at Chester — the great cavalry raid, &c. (search)
as did also a courier who was with him. Reconnaissance at Chester yesterday. A movement was made by a portion of our troops Tuesday morning to ascertain the position of the enemy near Chester.--About 6 o'clock in the morning a portion of Barton's and Gracy's brigades left camp, and with skirmishers thrown out commenced feeling their way towards the enemy. About 9 o'clock they met the enemy's skirmishers, and an hour afterwards the fight became general. Our men charged upon the Yankeess were all around Chester, but none on the railroad, and he got through safely. A courier from Drewry's Bluff come up last night and reported that about 5 o'clock in the evening the enemy came out of their fortifications and were attacked by Barton's brigade and driven back. The point where the first fight occurred is six miles in the rear of Drewry's Bluff. Seventy-one prisoners, captured by Gen. Gracy's brigade in the charge, were brought here last night in charge of Lt. W. R. E