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Doc. 113 raid on Duffield's depot, Va.

Duffield's, Va., July 8, 1864.
Our quiet village was thrown into quite a stir last Wednesday, about two o'clock, by the appearance of a flag-of-truce coming in from the rebel side of the road, and demanding the unconditional surrender of this post. The command here, consisting of two companies, I and F, of the First Maryland, Potomac Home Brigade, under command of Lieutenant John Beard, who was at the time away on official business, the command at the time falling upon Lieutenants Long and Matthews, who had to comply with the demand of the rebels, their force consisting of about four hundred cavalry, with two pieces of artillery. The rebels then entered the camp, taking prisoners all the men found about the encampment, some forty seven, after which they entirely destroyed the camp with all its equipage, together with all the books and papers belonging to the command. During this time a large number entered the store at this place and plundered and carried off nearly the entire stocks of dry goods and groceries, boots and shoes, causing a loss to the owner of about two thousand dollars. They also took a large amount of goods from the Waw House, belonging to other parties, to the amount of some four thousand dollars, after which they left, and the last heard of them they had crossed the Shenandoah without molestation. There was no damage done to the railroad or trains. They cut the telegraph wire near this place, and expected to have captured the mail train going east, but the train was notified in time to put back before getting here. The place was soon occupied by our troops. Those who escaped coming in, and the pickets that had been cut off making their appearance, with a portion of other forces near at hand made us feel safe again.

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