having otherwise inflicted little loss and incurred still less.
This raid, though directed against the enemy's depots, railroads, &c., was designed to distract attention from another, far more formidable, led by Gen. Kilpatrick
; who, starting1
, crossed the Rapidan
at Ely's ford, and moved rapidly down the opposite flank of Lee
's army, by Spottsylvania C. H., to the Virginia Central Railroad at Beaverdam station, where lie had his first collision and drove the enemy; thence across the South Anna
to Kilby Station, on the Fredericksburg
road; cutting both roads as he passed, and pushing on to within 3 miles of Richmond
passing its first and second lines of defenses, and fighting several hours before the third, which he was of course unable to carry, and compelled to fall back.
camped for the night six miles from Richmond
and two front the Chickahominy
; where a two gun battery opened upon him, at 10 1/2 P. M., just as his weary men were dropping asleep.
The charge which quickly followed was as quickly repulsed; but it was so manifest that the position was not adapted to quiet slumbers, that Kilpatrick
moved on forthwith to the Pamunkey
, which he could not find boats to pass; so he was obliged to move across the White House railroad and thence down the Peninsula
; soon striking the track of a cavalry force sent up to his aid from Fortress Monroe
by Gen. Butler
, and encountering, when near New Kent C. H., a brigade of Black infantry, which lad been likewise sent by Butler
on the same errand.
Pursuit by the enemy was of course at an end. Kilpatrick
had lost 150 men on this raid, had taken 500 prisoners, a good many horses, and inflicted on the Rebels
serious losses in burned bridges, stations, and stores.
But Col. Ulric Dahlgren
, who led a subordinate command of about 400 cavalry, had been far less fortunate.
Crossing also at Ely
's ferry, Dahlgren
, after leaving Spottsylvania C. H., had gone farther to the right, through Louisa
and Goochland counties
, intending to cross the James
and enter Richmond
from the south when Kilpatrick
assailed it from the north; but he found the river (at Dover mills
) far too deep to be forded, and hanged his negro guide in the belief that he had purposely misled him away from Richmond
rather than toward that city.
now pushed down the north bank of the James
to the fortifications of Richmond
, which he charged at dark,3
passing the outer works; but was repulsed with loss — of course, by far superior numbers — at the inner lines.
He then, with the remnant of his forces, made a circuit around the city by Hungary
to Hanovertown ferry; and, finding that Kilpatrick
had been driven off eastward, struck thence for King
and Queen C. H.; but was stopped, just after crossing the Mattapony
's ferry, by a body of local militia, at whose first fire lie fell dead, pierced by five balls.
His command was here scattered, each seeking to reach our lines as he best might; and some of them made their way to Kilpatrick
; but at least 100 of them were picked up as prisoners.
's body was treated with ignominy ; it being asserted that papers were found on it evidencing