Yankee Outrages on the Potomac.
A correspondent of the Fredericksburg News
chronicles another outrage by the barbarians and pirates that infest the Potomac
The catalogue of crimes should be recorded and preserved, that our own people and the world may know the character of the war our savage and vandal enemies are waging against us:
On Thursday, the 3d of April, a party of brutes landed from a gunboat at the residence of Mr. John B. Lewis
, on Rogers's Creek, in Westmoreland
The family was at breakfast.
As soon as the boats were seen coming into the creek the family left the house in haste.
Having before been visited by the pirates and suffered depredations, and having heard of their threats and intention to capture Mr. Lewis
, if possible, they thought it imprudent to remain.
As soon as they touched the shore they fired upon Mrs. Lewis
and her children as they were escaping.
One ball passed the person of Mrs. Lewis
, and struck the earth just in advance of her. The Yankees
then commenced their ravages.--They stole a horse, nine sheep, some hogs, about one hundred fowls, took off a parcel of corn and wheat, robbed the house of all the china and crockery, selected the most valuable of Mr. Lewis
's papers, and scattered the balance over the floor, broke and otherwise mutilated the furniture, stole the table linen and bedclothes, and carried away all the wearing apparel
of the family, thus stripping the ladies and children of every article of clothing, excepting what they had on. Mr. Lewis
had taken his shot gun, powder flask, and some shot, in anticipation of the raid, and hid them in the edge of a wood.
They got intimation of it from some source, discovered the place of concealment, and carried them off also.
This is a brief summary of this day's felonies by the Yankee
plunderers and rogues.
I have no comment to make, and no complaint of a special hardship in this case.
Though driven from home in a condition of partial destitution and almost beggary by these worse than savages, this family is only sharing in the calamities which these Northern barbarians have visited upon thousands of our citizens who have had the misfortune to fall into their power.