Five or six weeks ago a regiment of Yankees was stationed at a camp near the battle ground of Carnifax Ferry, which they called ‘"Camp Cross Lanes."’ Fifty Yankees went to a house near by, at night, called out the proprietor, and alleging that the officer of the night had been shot at, offered him various indignities.
A hundred more afterwards passed this house and went to the residence of a Mrs. Jones
, whose husband is now a prisoner at Columbus
, and whose sons are in the Southern
They took from this house a boy between fifteen and sixteen years of age, and detained him till daylight; then tied him to a bush covered him with a blanket, and drew lots to see who should shoot him. It fell to the lot of two men, who backed out, and a different arrangement was agreed to. Two or three days afterwards the lad's body was discovered, pierced with nine bullets, one of which had dislocated the vertebrœ of his neck.
This outrage, we are assured, is susceptible of proof.
The following brief journal of recent observations on the enemy's lines, has been furnished us by the gentleman to whom the report was made:
‘"I went, agreeably to your instructions, to Mr. Nickles
's, (five miles from Alderson
's and nine from Dogwood Gap,) and found there were five Yankees at James Nickies
's where they took dinner on Christmas day.
I was within four miles of them.
I then went to Bowyer's Ferry, where I learnt from reliable persons, that there were from 2,500 to 3,000 of the enemy at Fayette court-house.
They are entrenched with a ditch eight feet in depth and twelve in width.
I was within four or five miles of the picket-guard on the bank of New river
, where there is a force of cavalry."’