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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)
at Chula, and said that they lost a few men there, which caused them to change their course. They got hold of 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 ground some time feigning to be dead. He finally crawled away and got back to his men. The force of the raiders was composed of the 11th Penn, 3d New York, and 1st District of Columbia, and the rear guard of part of the 11th Penn. There were heavy rains all the way 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 private property, which they were strictly prohibited from doing. They were at liberty to steal horses and food, but nothing els