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Dahlgren, " it was twice stated that "as Gen. Custar may follow me, be careful and not give a false alarm." The general inquiry upon the appearance of the morning papers, was, "who is General Custar ? and where is he ?" The busy-bodies soon made something out of it, and circulated a rumor that Custar was in Goochland and coming down the river. The late Northern papers explain his connection with the recent combined plan for the massacre of the Government and the Custar Southern Confederacy generally Custar commanded the column sent towards Charlottesville, and which did not reach that city, but retreated precipitately upon the first of resistance. It may be inferred that after he had destroyed Charlottesville and the University, and the mills, &c., in his route, he was to have joined in the butchery and demolition of the capital. But the diabolical plot failed in its parts and in its whole. Custar's force came off with loss punishment than the Richmond invaders; but their achievements were alike contemptible. Custar boasts immensely through his dispatches to Washington on his return to the Federal camps. He affects to have made only a "successful reconnaissance," without loss, and boasts of burning a few mills and destroying the substance and support of the country, in pursuance no doubt of that general order from Washington which leaked out in the Dahlgren papers. Custar did his best to help on in the work of Famine.
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