[from our own Correspondent.]
Army of Northern Virginia,
March 6th, 1864.
The excitement which permeated the entire army from Monday until Friday has subsided, and quiet again reigns supreme on the Rapidan
In addition to the injuries previously mentioned as having been committed by the raiders, I learn that they destroyed, in their retreat from Charlottesville
, the Page Flouring Mill
, in the county of Green
, and the flouring mill of Gen. R. A. Banks
, in the county of Madison
In the latter mill there was, I am told, a large amount of wheat and flour, which was of course destroyed.--Many of the negroes who were carried off by the enemy contrived to effect their escape, and have returned to their masters within our lines.
The heavy firing heard here on Thursday a said to have been target firing by the enemy in Culpeper county
A small force of the enemy's infantry crossed at Germania Ford on Friday night, but recrossed to Culpeper
on Saturday without engaging any of our forces.
is a lower ford, and merely picketed by our cavalry videttes.
To show you the spirit of the troops of this army, I have been requested to have published the following, which has been sent me from headquarters:
The undersigned, members of Co. B, 15th Va cavalry, looking with profound contempt upon the craven hearted croakers in or out of service, who would skulk from duty or hesitate to fly to the rescue of their country in the hour of need and remain to defend her soil and honor, without limit of time or proviso of circumstances, do hereby offer themselves to the authorities of the Confederate States
without reserve as to time, arm of service, or other restrictions during this war; while we might prefer cavalry service, and under officers of our own selection, we consider our duty first to our country — waive all personal considerations and bind ourselves to fight mounted or on foot, in cavalry, artillery, infantry, or anywhere — on land or water — on full or half rations, or such as the country can furnish — well clad or not — so long as we can wield a weapon of any sort, and one of the vile horde can be found to raise a hand against our flag or dispute our right to freedom and separate nationality.
Urged by no less sacred considerations than the "Sires of '76" we also "pledge our lives, our fortunes, and our sacred honor" for compliance with above obligation or enlistment.
For the information of all Yankeedom I will mention that the raids have not interfered with the commissariat of the army, as we had enough rations on hand.
I regret to inform your readers that Lieut.-Gen. A. P. Hill
is quite sick, and incapacitated for command.
His corps is now commanded by Major-General Anderson
Yesterday was the first day since Monday that any Richmond papers were received, and, as may be supposed, they created a sensation, especially Dahlgren
's plans and purposes.