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[249] the least notification to the inhabitants, save that of the shell, to remove the women and children to a place of safety.

Lieutenant Ritter's section and the sharpshooters lay within three hundred yards of the river, waiting for the enemy to land, but they sailed down the river two miles, where they put a few men ashore.

No further demonstration being made, the battalion returned to camp at Fish lake.

Yours, truly,

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