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The Daily Dispatch: May 21, 1864., [Electronic resource], The War News — Grant Quiet — Another Reverse for Butler on the Southside — the battles in Louisiana, &c. (search)
heard that Belfield was an exceedingly dangerous place for them to visit. We will here remark that these raiders told Mr. Derby that they were not out on a fighting excursion.--that such was not their business, though if necessary they would engageatly alarmed them. They did not return the fire. In the midst of the confusion into which they were thus thrown, Mr. Derby effected his escape and made his way safely to Petersburg, where he arrived at a late hour Tuesday night. He stated to an Express at Lawrenceville and laughed heartily at its contents, saying that it was stuffed with rebel lies, &c. Mr. Derby was told by one of the raiders that Speare was fired upon by our men at Chula, fell from his horse, and lay on the grouway from Blacks and Whites to Mount Sinal Church, and the men were caked with mud from their heads to their heels. Mr. Derby says, to the credit of the commander of these raiders, that he saw several of them severely punished for damaging priva