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The Daily Dispatch: June 8, 1864., [Electronic resource] 2 0 Browse Search
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Away went the mules, negroes, and horses; but finally we made a clean sweep, securing every mule and horse, and over half the negroes alive. Some died with fright, I reckon, and some got in the bushes. They lost about twenty-seven head of horses and mules in all. It is within three miles of the heart of the city, and known as "Ball's Place"--a notorious rendezvous for blockade runners, as it is just outside of the picket post. This farm is going to be cultivated this year by one Esquire Roberts, of Illinois, who is to pay Mr. Ball $7 per acre rent. He has 450 acres in cotton, pays the contrabands $12 per month, out of which sum comes their clothing, medicine, and bacon; besides, the least damage done a plough or hoe is charged against them. They were a lousy, dirty, ragged set, you may rest assured. The horse lot and main house are protected by fortifications, and three. Yankees were on guard duty when we rode up; but two of them left, and the other one is there, or therea