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Doc. 138. the shelling of Urbanna, Va.


Rebel account.

one of the most recent outrages, worthy of being classified with the outrages of some of the bloody butchers who lived in centuries gone by, was visited on the little village of Urbanna, Middlesex County, Virginia, on Friday last, by some of the chivalry who now bear commissions in the Lincoln navy.

One of the steamers and a tug, that have been blockading the Rappahannock, steamed up to the quiet little town of Urbanna, which <*>es back a few hundred yards from the river, on the creek, and, without apprising the people in order to a removal of the women and children, commenced hurling their missiles of intended destruction in the shape of round shot and shell. After some hundred discharges of their cannon, the chicken thieves and lawless adventurers attempted a landing of their boats, but they were met by a small body of militia or volunteers stationed there, and soon sought shelter in their piratical craft, far out of the reach of the musketry of our soldiers.

Having been baffled in their thieving visitation, they sought revenge in trying to destroy the little town with bombshells; but we are happy to say not a house was injured, much less destroyed, except a small free church, which, we understand, was struck three or four times.

The Yankee shots were alike ineffectual in the destruction of life, as not a soldier or citizen was killed or wounded by the bombardment.

Urbanna is a village containing about one hundred, so that the attack was altogether one of those fiendish, malignant affairs worthy the instigation of the devil, and worthy the execution of the braves who now figure luminously in the Lincoln navy.

The attack was one most likely based upon pure piratical ideas. First, to drive out the few citizens, then rush in, spoil and plunder, and destroy what they could not carry off; but thanks to the invincible little band of soldiers there, the whole scheme was frustrated.

--Fredericksburgh, Va., Herald, Nov. 12.

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