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Great victory at Chancellorsville.enemy retreating across the Rappahannock!Gen. Paxton killed — Gens Jackson, Heth, and a P Hill, wounded.official Dispatch from Gen. Lee. Milford, May 3d, 1863. To President Davis: Yesterday Gen Jackson penetrated to the rear of the enemy and drove him from all his positions from the Wilderness to within one mile of Chancellorsville. He was engaged at the same time in front by two of Longstreet's divisions. Many prisoners were taken, and the enemy's loss in killed and wounded is large. This morning the battle was renewed. He was dislodged from all his positions around Chancellorsville, and driven back towards the Rappahannock, over which he is now retreating. We have again to thank Almighty God for a great victory. I regret to state that Gen. Paxton was killed, General Jackson severely and Gens Heth and A. P. Hill slightly wounded. (Signed) R. E. Lee, General Commanding. The following dispatch wa
engineer fell as if wounded, when the Yankees approached, and finding him unhurt compelled him to proceed on to Ashlend with the train; but soon after arriving there he effected his escape, and came on to Richmond the same night. Besides the sick and wounded on the ambulance train, there were a number of citizens of Richmond, including Col. S. Bassett French, Aid to Gov. Letcher, and a few ladies. They were treated with comparative kindness by the marauders, who were commanded by one Col. Davis, claiming to be a native of King George county, Va. It is stated that they did not disturb the invalid soldiers, but left the ambulance train unharmed, though they destroyed a wood train and the locomotives "Thomas Sharp" and "Nicholas Mills." We are unadvised as to the extent of the damage to the track; but since the raiders seemed to be in a great hurry to depart, it is presumed to be inconsiderable. From Ashland they proceeded to Hungary Station, nine miles from Richmond, and passe
er but our informant says he was unheeded — nobody would take the responsibility of stopping the train, which ran into the town and into the hands of the Yankees before it was stopped. His statement would certainly convict some one of gross culpability. It was fired on and stopped, but no one hurt. The sick and wounded and officers were paroled to the number of about 300. They arrested no citizen save Mr. J. D Alexander, of Fredericksburg, who was twice in custody and twice released by Col. Davis, who seemed to direct matters, though a superior officer, supposed to be Stoneman, was with the command. Some Government officials adroitly escaped under the garb of citizens' apparel. One of them had most important papers on his person. The Yankees burnt at Ashland two locomotives and tenders and some cars. They tore up a mile or two of road, destroyed all the bridges from Ashland to within five miles of Richmond, and cut the telegraph. They injured no private property. They g