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July 27. Two rebel schooners were captured up the Chipoaks Creek, James River, near Claremont, Va., by a boat expedition under the command of Lieutenant Gibson of the United States gunboat Yankee, and brought out of the creek without molestation, although a force of rebel cavalry was stationed only three quarters of a mile distant.--Official Report. A reconnoitring expedition, consisting of the United States gunboats Paul Jones, Unadilla, Huron and Madgie, left Savannah bay and proceeded up the Ogeechee River, Ga., until they arrived near Fort James, the strength of which they discovered by bombarding it for about two hours, when they returned to their former anchorage.--A number of young ladies of New Albany, Indiana, proposed to act as clerks and salesmen for the young men of that place who would enlist, and give them half their salaries while they are absent, and surrender their positions to them on their return. Richmond, Ky., was visited by a band of guerrillas, u
yond the city, on the Suffolk road. About midnight a despatch from General Hill was brought me, indicating Coggin's Point as our destination, and directing me to have my command ready to march early the next morning. Meantime, Major Allen, of Claremont, arrived at Mr. Ware's, where I was lodging, and gave me information, deemed valuable, respecting the river and the shipping. This we proceeded, very early on the thirtieth, to submit to General Hill. We had, however, set out, and preferred nfter some consultation it was determined to move the whole force forward about two miles, and there leave wagons and caissons. Colonel Brown and Lieutenant-Colonel Coleman were detailed, with certain batteries, to proceed to Wood's Point or to Claremont, if necessary and practicable. The other guns were to be taken by their proper commanders, when notified, to positions which adequate reconnoissance might indicate as best. Lieutenant-Colonel Cutts, Major Nelson, and Captain Dabney were summo
Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 25. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones), chapter 1.14 (search)
d, and the fight at Sailor's Creek. This has put me in a reminiscent mood, and I would like to give, for your Confederate column, some of my recollections of those stirring times, more especially of the retreat from Richmond, and the participation of my command in the battle of Sailor's Creek. During the winter of 1864-65, my battalion, the 10th Virginia Artillery, was stationed immediately in front of Fort Harrison. The battalion had formerly been commanded by Major William Allen, of Claremont, but at that time by Major J. O. Hensley, of Bedford county. It was composed of five companies—Companies A and C, from Richmond, commanded respectively by Captains J. W. Barlow and Thomas P. Wilkinson; Company B, from Bedford county, Captain Robert B. Clayton; Company D, from Prince George, Captain C. Shirley Harrison, of Brandon; and Company E, from Henrico, Captain Thomas Ballard Blake. Lieutenant Sam Wilson, was Adjutant. The 10th Virginia and the 19th Virginia Battalion (also compo
Death of Hon. R. J. Manning. --The Columbus (Ga.) Times announces that the remains of the Hon. Richard J. Manning, of Claremont, in that State, were entered in Trinity Church last Saturday, and adds: Mr. Manning was greatly esteemed as a hold in the highest respect by the whole community. Of solid judgment and inflexible purpose, pure in heart and simple in manners, he was a man, in the opinion of his friends, capable of greatness, had circumstances or ambition prompted him to achieve it.
Depredations on James River. A letter to the Petersburg Express, dated Cabin Point, Surry county, July 28th,says: Last night a small Yankee steam tug, carrying one gun, ventured up the peaceful waters of the upper Chip Oak Creek and carried off a lighter heavily laden with wood, which was lying at White House wharf. The lighter belonged to Captain Myers. They also stole a fine schooner belonging to Major Wm. Allen, of Claremont. The schooner was in charge or Captain Cropper. It is supposed that the Lincoln thieves were piloted up the creek by Captain B. F. Fowlkes, who formerly resided near Cabin Point, and ran a vessel up the creek during two years or more. The waters about Berkeley, I hear, are crowded with Federal transports, all of which could be easily reached by heavy guns on the south bank of James river. Is there another nation in the world which would allow a hostile fleet to float undisturbed in its very centre, when it could be so easily scattered if n