We have been allowed to make the following extract from a private letter, written by a lady in Mathews county
, and dated November 28th, from which it will be seen that the Yankees
have been predating in that county.
The writer says:
The Yankee gunboats came up East river on Sunday last, landed forces at Williams
's wharf, from (with their negro guides) visited the and works and destroyed them, together with the action hand burned several vessels which were in the river, carried away with them a great many belonging to the citizens, and several negro I am fearful they will commit other depredations on our defenseless county this winter, as we entirely in their power, but, it they will allow us to do so, we can get along very well, doing our own spinning, weaving our own cloth, making our etc. The Yankees
say that they have no objection to our making salt for our own use, but that we must not make it for the ‘"Richmond market."’