From the South side.
We mentioned yesterday that the enemy were reported to have landed a large force on the Southside
of James river
, about seven miles below City Point
Their force is estimated from 6,000 to 10,000.
On Sunday afternoon there was a brisk skirmish between about 50 men of the 10th Virginia cavalry and some 80 of the enemy's cavalry, near Cox's Mill
, in Prince George county
Our force was under the command of Capt. Mcllwaine
, who divided his command, posting 25 of his men on the bank of a creek, and 25 on a bill in the vicinity, commanding the ford.
On the appearance of the enemy Capt. Mel
ordered the men to fire, but from some defect in the powder not one of the carbines was discharged.
The 25 posted on the bank of the creek then charged with sabres, the enemy using revolvers.
A brisk fight resulted, in which Private Jas. Phillips
was killed, and 1st Lieut. Craig Riddle
, of Petersburg
, and Privates Gilliam
wounded, and two missing, supposed to have fallen into the enemy's hands.
Finding themselves outnumbered our men retreated, and were pursued to Garysville, about half a mile distant.
The Petersburg Express
learns that on Friday afternoon the Yankees
, having witnessed the departure of our artillery, landed at ‘"Maycock's,"’ the residence of Mrs. Dr. Cole
, and fired the dwelling and all the outhouses.
The buildings burnt rapidly, and by dark nothing was left save the blackened chimneys.
was absent at the time.
The dwelling at Maycock's was one of the handsomest on James river
, nearly new, and cost some $15,000. About 400 of our cavalry reached the place before 7 o'clock, but the buildings were then in ashes, and the incendiaries had embarked and joined the Yankee
says that information reached that city on Sunday afternoon that a Federal gunboat had got aground in the month of the Appomattox
, near City Point
, and, after floundering about for some time, had resigned herself to her fate.
Such disposition was immediately made of some of our heavy pieces as would enable them to destroy the monster.
From half-past 6 o'clock until dark heavy cannonading was heard in the direction of City Point
, but with what result was not ascertained.