12. the Ravages of bushwhackers.
Murfreesboro, Feb. 15, 1864.Bushwhackers continue to keep the country in a high state of excitement. They are going about with their hand raised against every body, and every body's hand raised against them. As usual, murder, robbery, and spoils is their ambition. These bandits are to be heard of on every side. On the tenth instant, a band of thirty bushwhackers, under command of Cunningham and Davis, two notorious villains, attacked a supply train belonging to the sutler of the Fourth Michigan, between Fayetteville, in this State, and Huntsville, Alabama, and robbed him of his entire stock, which is said to have been worth two or three thousand dollars. A short time afterward, Lieutenant Robinson, with a squad of the Chicago Board of Trade battery, (on their way to Nashville,) came up, and an exciting chase commenced. The bushwhackers, who were mounted on fleet horses and well armed, escaped, and brought with them most of their booty. Many of the stores are supposed to have been hidden by some of the rebel sympathizers in the neighborhood where the robbery was committed. The bushwhackers are burning all the cotton they can lay hands on, and robbing and plundering generally. The country about Huntsville is alive with these desperadoes, as, in fact. is the larger portion of this State, as well as that of Northern Alabama.