Lancaster Co., Va., Sept. 2, 1861.
Our quiet and unprotected county has not been exempt from the polluted tread of the hirelings of the North
On Tuesday last seven of them came ashore from the blockading vessel lying at the mouth of the Rappahannock river
, and visited the house of Mr. W. Travis
under the pretext of buying poultry.
T. was absent from home at the time; but his brave and fearless wife met them at the yard gate.
They demanded to know where her husband was. She told them he was absent from home.
The cowardly monsters replied that she was a liar; that he was concealed in the house, and they intended to search for him. The chief of this band of robbers drew his sword and told her if she opposed him in his design he would strike her down, as she was the wife of a d — d Secessionist.
She asked him of he had any mother, and had he forgotten her early precepts?--if he had a sister, if so would she sanction the dastardly outrage he was about to commit by entering the private dwelling of a lady while her husband (her only protector) was absent." This made the fiend hang down his head in shame for a while; but seeing some ducks in the yard, ordered his men to shoot them.
While part of his men were engaged in this robbery, the rest of them entered the house, and under the pretext of searching for the husband, stole everything of any value they could lay their hands upon.--They carried off all of her china, knives and forks, spoons, and even the castors on the dinner table.
They then entered her chamber, broke open the wardrobe, and stole all of her children's clothing and all of her's and her husbands.
They then caught a small servant boy and made him tell them where his masters guns were, which he had stored away in his granary.
They then left, carrying the body with them.
On last Wednesday night, 29th ultimo, the same steamer ran up and anchored close under Towie's Point.
The next morning was quite foggy.
As soon as the fog cleared away a little, they discovered the schooner ‘"Extra"’ lying in the Currateman river, near Millenbeck wharf.
They immediately gave chase, and it being very calm, the schooner could not get out of their way. As soon as the Captain
found he was pursued, he ordered all of the provisions and furniture to be put into the boats, and, as if animated by the bold spirit of the dying Lawrence
, hating to give up the ship, he remained on board until they arrived within a few hundred yards of him. He then quietly left her to her captors.
Independent of the vessel, they only got 39 bushels of wheat belonging to Mr. R. Doggett
, as fortunately she had just commenced to load.
After capturing this prize the steamer proceeded on up the river as far as Deep Creek
Here she fell in with a small sloop called the ‘"Good Egg,"’ Captain M. T. George
narrowly escaped falling into the hands of those fiends in human shape.
She had nothing on board of any importance.
The ‘"Extra"’ belonged to W. H. Armitage
, the ‘"Good Egg"’ to Capt. M. T. George
They then left for the mouth of the river.
Every night since this occurrence they run up and anchor under Towle's Point
, thinking, perhaps, they may fall in with other prizes.