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The Daily Dispatch: December 22, 1863., [Electronic resource], Escape of prisoners from point Lookout. (search)
Local defence. --Soon after the appointment of Gen. John H. Winder to the office of Commander of the Henrico District, he deemed it advisable to have a mounted force at his command, and to that end commissioned Capt. John F. Wren to raise a company for local defence. Capt. Wren, within a very short time, had enrolled more than one hundred citizens, many of whom were not liable to military duty and were unfit for general service, but were anxious to do something for the cause, and therefore volunteered for local duty. When these men were mustered in, the officer explained local duty to mean service performed within ten miles of Richmond. In the course of a few months Capt. Wren's command became so large that Gen. Winder deemed a division necessary.--Two companies were therefore formed, and Capt. Wren was promoted to the office of Major. On several occasions this command volunteered to do special duty beyond the ten miles' limit, the officers never dreaming that they had the r