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hfare Gap, whilst Robertson was halted at Rectort own, so as to be able to move to the support of either. Fitz Lee's brigade, moving on Aldie, was halted at Dover, and was driven back by the enemy's cavalry, which was advancing from Fairfax. Gen Fitz Lee took up position on a hill west of Aldie, commanding the Snickersville road. Simultaneously with this attack Gen Stuart was informed that the enemy was advancing on Middleburg, via the road from Hopewell. At Aldie Fitz Lee's brigade, comm, among them several officers, and also, a large number of horses, besides arms and equipments. In this engagement Major Whittaker, of the first N. C regiment, was killed. He was a most able and excellent officer On reaching Annandale, Gen Fitz Lee ascertained that the enemy's mobilized army had crossed the Potomac moving through Maryland, and that the local forces had retired within the fortifications at Washington. On the night of the 27th reached Rowser's ford on the Potomac, and fin
The Daily Dispatch: May 12, 1864., [Electronic resource], The Combined movement on Richmond — the enemy on the Southside — fight at Chester — the great cavalry raid, &c. (search)
ts of five trains, which had accumulated there a day or two before — in all about 200,000 pounds of bacon, with a large quantity of meal and flour. They then left. Tuesday afternoon a train from the Junction brought intelligence that the raiders were within a mile and a half of Taylorsville, in Hanover county, and heavy firing was heard in that direction, leading to the supposition that Gen. Fitz Lee's or some other Confederate cavalry had attacked them. Tuesday night a report from Gen Fitz Lee stated that the cavalry of the enemy were moving to Richmond in two columns, one of which was then feeding its horses at Negro Foot, in Hanover county, thirty miles from here, and the other was coming down the Central Railroad route. Another telegram was received last night at the War Department from Gen. Fitz Lee, stating the enemy's force to be three divisions of cavalry. They are cutting down trees in the road behind them to interrupt the pursuit of our cavalry, which then, at 9
Affairs upon the lines in the immediate vicinity of Richmond, are assuming a lively Yesterday morning the booming of heavy guns could be distinctly heard from the city, and reminded the listener of the scenes of the summer of 1863, when McClelgan with his host made a stupendous but fruitless effort to reach the Capital. We give below such facts regarding the progress of events as we have been able to collect. From Gen. Lee's army. There was some heavy skirmishing on Monday, in which we suffered some loss, and have reason to believe that more was insisted upon the enemy. We are informed that a portion of Rodes's division, supported by was sent forward to feel the position of the enemy, and came upon them in the neighborhood of Betheeds Church, in Honorer col. A right ensued, in which the enemy were driven back some two miles or more when our troops came upon the enemy breastworks and fell back. Meanwhile, Battle's and Daniel's brigades flanked the enemy's line o
nother grows boastful, and indulges in the favorite Yankee along about a speedy "crushing of the rebellion," which has been constantly harped upon by Northern newspapers and correspondents from the very beginning of the war. Yet Richmond still stands, and his defiance to the threatening foe. Says this writer:"--We are gradually tacking up on the strong hold for a final at the. Old Lee has been completely outdone; and this rebellion must soon come to an end.* * * The Army of the Potomac is accomplishing exactly what it is intended for, and if Lee attempts to hold Richmond and allow himself to be bestowed, he will lose his whole army" The only important developments in this correspondence consist in the admission of the facts that Grant is to make the White House his base of supplies, that he contemplates a siege of Richmond, and that their losses have been terrible. These, however, indicate with sufficient clearness the future plan of the campaign on the part of the Yankee army.
One Hundred dollar rewards. --Ran away the subscriber April the 18th, 1864. my boy about 14years old, a scar on the left side of his mouth, and one on the left hip; he had on an old brown coat, gray pants, and a black cap. I bought him at auction a few days before from a Mr. Cook, sold by Messrs Lee & Co., Aucts, Richmond, I will pay the above rewards if confine in Richmond or Confederate Jail. George N R.--His mother rest, near the N-Marsel, with Mrs M
er the terrible ordeal he has been through, he can hardly expect to find a Vicksburg in Richmond. There is this striking difference between the two situations. Grant, according to Seward's letter to Adams, had 100,000 men at Vicksburg, and he operated against one fourth of his number. He had possession, likewise, of both the Yazoo and the Mississippi, thus completely hemming in the devoted city. Here, with Butler's army, his force does not greatly, if at all, exceed the combined forces of Lee and Beauregard. Besides, our communications are open in all directions, and can only be temporarily interrupted by parties of cavalry, which will always be followed up too closely to allow time for doing much damage. Upon the whole, our prospects seem very fair, so far as a siege is concerned, and should Grant prefer to contest the possession of the place in a pitched battle, we feel no apprehension whatever for the issue. In the meantime the proximity of the armies reders such a battle po
astily abandon a position from which he expects such famous results. It is currently reported that Grant's hospitals are full to overflowing. The chief sources of diseases are the trenches around Petersburg. The water and the hear are afflicting hundreds with diarrhœa, and as the summer advances the miasma of the swamps and the unripe fruit of the orchards will continue to increase the number. The cavalry fight on Tuesday. The fight on Tuesday at Reams's Station was between Gen Fitz Lee's cavalry and the Yankee Gen Gregg. The result was, victory for us and defeat for the enemy. We took thirty-three prisoners and among them were two officers. The prisoners arrived last evening by the Petersburg train. The meanest looking among them was a North Carolina deserter, who, despite his blue uniform, was recognized by a former comrade in Petersburg. He was separated from the rest at the Provost Marshal's, and came by our office about dusk in charge of detective Hix. The
orted by cavalry, rode around the fortifications of Washington on Sunday and pronounced them "all right. " Dispatches from Grant's headquarters, on the 10th, say the raid on Maryland is looked on here as a mere fiasco. We know but very few of Lee's troops have left here. About daylight, on the 11th, the Florida captured and burned a barque, in tow of a steam-tug, just outside Cape Henry. Three gunboats have been sent from Baltimore in pursuit of the Florida. The Situation before Pth before him. With the destruction of all the roads leading into Richmond begins the circumvellation-sirge-of that city. And better to take it months hence, and then and there destroy the Confederacy, than to celebrate to-day within it, and have Lee's army unbroken and defiant, posted only a little south of it. The fortunate few in the army who obtain glimpses of Northern papers are astonished at the nervousness of people — at the finctuations in the price of that said to be barometer of publ
without the loss of single life; and that for this enormous sacrifice no compensating advantages. Every time he attacked Lee he was whipped. That you may see that I have not exaggerated Grant's losses, let me clip for you, from the radical Republto the later operations on the Chickahominy. The editor, Gen Cluseret, an old French officer, writing about the attack on Lee on the 4th of June, says: We lost seventy-five hundred men, and to his report the adjutant general adds the consolatn people for this act of humanity. In one of the print sellers' windows in Montreal are fine lithograph likenesses of Lee and Jackson. They attract much attention. A Spanish gentleman told me last winter that in Spain, even in the remote interior, were quite common, photographic portraits of the four best known Confederates of the time — Davis, Lee, Beauregard, and Stonewall Jackson. A curious illustration of fame I lately noticed in a New York paper. There is given an account of an e
500 dollars reward. --Ran away from the subscriber about the 1st of February last boy John, about 14 or 15 years old, light copper color, with short, straight hair; had on when he left a new suit of cotton clothes, dyed send color. John was purchased of Dr. Wright, of Alabama. I have no doubt he is with our army. The above reward will be paid for his apprehension and delivery to Lee & Bowman, Richmond, Va, or secured in any jail so that I get him. Wm H Gwin. jy 14--1m