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The Daily Dispatch: May 18, 1864., [Electronic resource], Operations around Richmond — the battle not renewed yesterday — firing at Chaffin's Bluff — another steamer destroyed in St. John's river, &c. (search)
t. A report prevailed yesterday that the enemy were throwing a large force across to the north side of the river below Chaffin's Bluff, but this is not credited in official quarters. That they have some force in that locality is proved by the act that our pickets below the Bluff were driven in yesterday morning by infantry, but their numerical strength is not believed to be large. At five o'clock yesterday evening the enemy's gunboats were in full view of Chaffin's Bluff. Major General Pickett has recovered from his recent indisposition, and resumed command of his old division. On of the captured Yankee officers, in conversation at Drewry's Bluff, expressed the hope that Butler would be taken prisoner, and manifested no little curiosity to learn what would be done with him in such an event. The Beast appears to be unpopular, even with his own officers. It is reported that he has gone to Fortress Monroe, by way of placing himself beyond the reach of danger. The