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The Daily Dispatch: May 10, 1862., [Electronic resource], Destruction of cotton in the South. (search)
Destruction of cotton in the South. The following is a copy of a despatch, dated Camp Mosre, La, May 8th, received in Richmond May 9: Hon. J. P. Benjamin The Governor of Louisiana directs me to inform you that all the cotton on the Mississippi river up to the month of Red river has been burnt, and all on its tributaries is ready for the torch. We issued a proclamation ordering its destruction in the event it could not be removed into the interior, but the spontaneous action of the people anticipated his order. We have traveled on the Red and Oshinski rivers since the fall of New Orleans, and find the sentiments of the people unanimous to destroy the whole crop, rather than permit a pound to fall into the hands of the enemy. The capital is fixed temporarily at Opelousas. Publish this if necessary, for the information of the people. T. C. Manning, A. D. C.
Fight in the Upper Valley. fight took place on Thursday between the advance forces of Gen and the forces under the Federal Milroy. We present below a copy received yesterday at 10 o'clock Governor Letcher: Staunton, May 9 Jaks Luther: Jackson's advance the enemy on Sutlingson Hill well's, yesterday at . After hard fighting, he routed them from all . Our loss is about three killed and General Johnson wounded in Col. & C. Harman in the arm; arm broken; Col. Gibbons we had no in the fight. All this morning, and the army up to the engagement if the enemy will . Hill is about 86 miles above on the Parkersburg road, and in of Highland. McDowell's is on road, near where it crosses the Bull river. Monterey, the county seat of in the direction of which the enemy is nine miles from McDowell of Monterey the country is very so much so as, perhaps, to . It is hoped, however, forces will be overtaken be- McDowell's and Monterey.