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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)
ning, when the sun was about an hour high, staid there all night, and left about 7 o'clock Monday morning, taking the direct route to Belfield. After getting within seven miles of this place they turned off to the left at Spratley's and went to Jarratt's, having no doubt 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 engage in it. Their sale object, they said, I was to destroy railroads, &c., &c. They reached Jarratt's about 6 o'clock Monday evening in a great hurry, burnt the water tank, tore up the railroad for about a mile, and cut the telegraph wire. They remained there but a short time, and then put off at full speed towards Freeman's bridge, over Nottoway river, in Sussex, where they arrived about two hours before day Tuesday. The bridge had been destroyed by our people, and the