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The Daily Dispatch: February 11, 1864., [Electronic resource], The raiding expedition up the Peninsula. (search)
From Charleston. Charleston, Feb. 10. --About daylight this morning a large force of the enemy. supposed to be five to our one, advanced from Seabrook's Island, with their rifled pieces and infantry. A skirmish caused, our pickets on John's Island falling back. The enemy at 9 o'clock had advanced one and a half miles from the harbor on John's Island. Some few of our men were wounded. Captain Humphrey was wounded, and his horse shot. No further particulars have been received. Only four shots have been fired at the city since the last report. No change in the fleet.
The fight on John's Island. --The affair on John's Island, near Charleston, does not appear to have resulted in much loss to either side. On Tuesday the Yankees crossed from Folly Island to Klawah, and thence to Seabrook's Island, killing and capturing several of our pickets at Hanover At that point Major Jenkins, with 150 men, including a company of the 59th Virginia, under Capt. Jenett, made a stand. Reinforcements were sent for, and Cols. Tabb and Page arrived on the ground. The Mercury says: On Wednesday evening Gen. Wise arrived, finding Page and Jenkins scouting the foe within a mile of the Hanover. The Yankees' strength was estimated at 2,000, with six pieces of artillery, while our force, up to that time, numbered but 550, with four pieces. A volley or two had been discharged when Gen. Wise came up. Immediately the enemy were seen massing on our left flank, and threatening to turn our position by getting the Mullet Hall road. Our position had been saved by ou
Severs accident. --About four o'clock yesterday afternoon, Christopher F. Letellier, of Albemarle county, member of co. A, 14th Va. regiment, met with a severe accident, which, it is feared, may result in the loss of one of his hands. Together with some of his comrades he was loading up a wagon with old muskets, when one of them exploded, driving a ball entirely through the centre of his wrist, shattering the bone into many pieces. He was taken to the General Wayside (Seabrook's) Hospital, where proper surgical attention was immediately received.
Fires in Russia. --The Moscow Gazette publishes a frightful list of fires, which, since April last, have taken place in different parts of Russia; and it adds, that the account of the principal disasters is not complete. The work of incendiaries commenced at the end of April, in the Government of Kalonea, by the destruction of fifty-four houses; next at Ok Hanska, two hundred and four houses were burnt; at Seabrook, four-fifths of the town were destroyed; at Mozir, one-half of the houses; at Mologa, more than two hundred, and at the fair of Nijui- Noogorod, fifteen hundred booths and one hundred and forty-eight houses; at Patrofsk, there were six fires in June, and entire quarters of the town were consumed. The powder magazine of Nazan and that of Okhta, near Petersburg, were blown up. At Riga, two fires occurred; the same at Tunlen, where the finest quarters of the town were consumed. At Orenburg, six hundred houses were burnt, and Baki is only a heap of ruins. Four conflagr
Died from his Wounds. --Lieutenant B. E. Hawkins, who was accidentally shot, in this city, by Lieutenant John F. Ferneyhough, on Monday afternoon last, died about 9 o'clock yesterday morning at the Wayside (Seabrook's) Hospital. Before his death, he reiterated the language contained in the deposition given before Justice George W. Gilliam on the evening of the occurrence; and in the presence of his own father and several other friends, he said, just before dying, that he left no better friend on earth than the one at whose hands he had been accidentally shot and was then about to die. The deceased was a young man, about twenty-two years of age, and was a native of North Carolina. His remains will be taken home for interment. At a late hour yesterday afternoon an inquest was held over the body by Coroner Little; but the substance of the evidence elicited substantiated the particulars which have already been stated, and therefore the verdict of the jury was, that the deceas
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