Yankee Raids on the Virginia Central railroad--damage thus far Trifling — Exciting rumors of the enemy's movements.
Yesterday afternoon intelligence reached the city that a heavy column of Yankees had made their appearance in the neighborhood of Frederick's Hall, on the Virginia Central Railroad, fifty miles from Richmond
The statement was somewhat startling because of the known fact that the greater portion of the reserve artillery of the Army of Northern Virginia was quartered at that point, and without an adequate force for its protection.
Later in the afternoon the report reached the city that the whole of the artillery, amounting to some eighty pieces, had been captured; but this in turn was contradicted by a statement that the enemy did not go to Frederick's Hall, but struck the railroad some two miles south of that point, where they tore up a portion of the railroad track.
After inflicting this damage on the road they left, taking a southerly direction.
We are Inclined to think, form all the information we can gather in relation to the affair, that this latter statement is in the main correct.
The raid is no doubt intended to interrupt communication between General Lee
's army and Richmond
, but it is hoped that, like Stoneman
's raid last spring, it may prove a failure.
Passengers by the Fredericksburg
train last night state that the Yankee
force consisted of one brigade of cavalry and several pieces of artillery; that they crossed at Ely's Ford, on the Rappahannock
, and passed through Spotsylvania Court House about 11 o'clock on Sunday night.
A dispatch was also received yesterday afternoon from Col. Mallory
, commanding at Charlottesville
, that a cavalry force of the enemy were threatening that point, and that our troops were fighting them about three miles from the town.
Late last night report stated that they had been repulsed, and had retired.
The train which left this city yesterday morning carried as a passenger Gen. R. E. Lee
, and for a while those who feed upon rumors had it circulated that the train had been captured, and Gen. Lee
For this, however, there was no foundation, as information had been received of the safe arrival of the train at Gordonsville
Some uneasiness was felt in the early part of the evening for the safety of the down passenger train, due here at 7 o'clock, but it was ascertained later in the night that it, too, was safe.