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The Daily Dispatch: may 20, 1861., [Electronic resource] 1 1 Browse Search
Capt. Calvin D. Cowles , 23d U. S. Infantry, Major George B. Davis , U. S. Army, Leslie J. Perry, Joseph W. Kirkley, The Official Military Atlas of the Civil War 1 1 Browse Search
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is the object of these expeditions, and the main design of this party having been thwarted, they probably sought revenge by the infliction of atrocities upon the defenceless inhabitants of Spotsylvania. The latest. A train arrived from Chester last night about 8 o'clock, bringing a few of our wounded men. They state that heavy skirmishing was kept up during the day yesterday, about three miles from Chester, between that place and the Appomattox river, and that the enemy were driven baChester, between that place and the Appomattox river, and that the enemy were driven back at all points. We recaptured the fortifications which the enemy occupied after our men had been withdrawn to send to Petersburg, and inflicted severe punishment upon them. In some instances our men charged over the breastworks in pursuit of the fleeing Yankees. The casualties on our side are reported to have been very slight. From Lynchburg. A gentleman who left New London, ten miles above Lynchburg, at 6 o'clock on Thursday evening, says a sharp engagement was going on between t
Robbery. --On Thursday night last the store-room of Mrs. Hobbs, living in Manchester, was broken into and robbed of five thousand dollars' worth of bacon, a keg of lard, a large lot of sugar, and some other groceries. The larger portion of the bacon was owned by Col. Henry Winfree, formerly living in Chester, from which place he had recently sent it to Mrs. Hobbs's, to prevent its falling into the hands of the Yankees.--Robberies are of such rare occurrence in Manchester, that this one created some sensation among the inhabitants, and Saturday night a strong patrol force turned out to prevent a recurrence of the outrage. Two of Mrs. H.'s servants, believed to be implicated in the matter, were arrested by Constable Hancock on Saturday, and committed to prison to await the arrest of the other parties before any examination will take place.
cess. Prisoners report that Grant, Meade, and all the prominent Yankee generals, are with the army south of Petersburg, busily inspecting and noting the advantages of the new position. Prisoners and deserters are brought in daily. Nothing of importance occurred on the lines south of Petersburg yesterday; but the indications are that we shall have stirring news from that quarter before many days elapse. Skirmish near Chester station. The enemy's line of pickets in front of Chester on the Richmond and Petersburg railroad, was attacked yesterday morning by General Pickett's command and driven in. Some sixty or seventy prisoners were captured. Our loss was small. From the Valley. An official dispatch from General Early, at Charlestown, states that he has pressed the enemy back to Harper's Ferry. We have received some gratifying particulars of the recent engagement near Winchester. The rout of the enemy was complete, equalling, if it did not surpass, the
e last evening, no official information had been received of the above-reported movement. During the most of yesterday, the sound of cannon reached us from below; but the firing may have been nothing more than the shelling of Dutch gap by our batteries on the south bank of the river. Later.--At a late hour last night, no official intelligence had been received at the War Office of any movement of the enemy on James river in the neighborhood of Howlett's; but persons who came over from Chester in last night's train report that they heard there that the enemy, taking advantage of the dense fog of yesterday morning, crossed from Cox's landing in barges and then set about constructing a pontoon bridge across the river. From Petersburg. With the exception of some cannonading on the lines immediately south of the Appomattox, nothing of interest has occurred at Petersburg within the past few days. The Express says that Grant's army in that neighborhood has not been reinforced
Christmas contributions to the soldiers in General Lee's Army. --A note from Mr. H. A. Hamilton, the enterprising agent of the Southern Express Company, states that any presents sent by the relatives and friends of those soldiers in General Lee's army who are located near Chester, Dunlop's crossing or Petersburg, will be carried free of charge if left at the Express office before 4 o'clock on the afternoon of Saturday, the 24th instant.
Wanted, a Nurse, without encumbrance, to take care of an infant. Testimonials of good character required. Apply at the residence of Andrew Johnston, Esq, on Sixth street, two doors from Leigh; or at Major- General Pickett's headquarters, near Chester. de 27--5t*
the rear of it, apparently acting as a guard, dressed in Federal uniform, and wearing the Sixth corps badge — a Greek cross. There were but three visible, and only one wore a Greek cross. The Captain's fears magnified the number four-fold.--Our five scouts, with their twelve prisoners, crossed the country to Howellsville, on the east side of the Shenandoah, where they remained that night, and the next day pursued their route through Front Royal towards our lines. Beyond Front Royal, near Chester's gap, two of the scouts returned to Clarke, leaving the other three to guard the twelve Yankees, who had three seven-shooters in their possession, tied to their saddles. --All the ammunition found about them had been destroyed; but they had succeeded in secreting some, with which they loaded their guns under their overcoats; and when within one mile of our picket-lines, while riding through a skirt of woods, (before sunset,) two of the scouts in advance and the third bringing up the rear,
The evacuation of Fayetteville. The following interesting account of the evacuation of Fayetteville is taken from the Biblical Recorder: When General Sherman started on his raid from Savannah, it was generally believed in military circles that he would follow the course of the railroad from Columbia to Charlotte. Preparations were made to check him before he reached the latter place. On arriving at Chester, he turned his column to the right, captured Camden, and moved on the main road to Cheraw. General Hardee was compelled to evacuate the town and retreat to Rockingham. He was then ordered by General Johnston to fall back upon Fayetteville. On reaching the vicinity, on Wednesday, the 8th, he took a position six miles from town, where he was reinforced by the command of Lieutenant-General Hampton. It was believed that a stand would be made and the place defended. It did seem that the splendid arsenal, the seven cotton and three oil factories, etc., made it a place of
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