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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)
s 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 raiders crossed over on logs overlaid with fence rails. They then made a circuit and struck the Jerusalem plank road, which they kept until they got within fourteen miles of Petersburg, where they turned off to the right, and reached Mount Sinal Church Tuesday evening at 5 o'clock, where they halted. They were fired on near the church by some of our cavalry, which greatly alarmed t