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The Daily Dispatch: July 6, 1864., [Electronic resource], Forrest's great fight — the victory greater than reported. (search)
unnecessary damage. The number of killed and wounded in this fight on our side was over three hundred. The loss of the enemy in killed and wounded was near a thousand. The enemy's force was four brigades, two of cavalry, commanded by Grierson, and two of infantry; all under Brig Gen. Sturgis; and the commands being full numbered not less than nine thousand. Two negro regiments served as a train guard. But few negroes have been captured. They made good their escape. The pursuiumn to flight in fragments, the troops commenced their return on the morning of the 12th, and scouted the woods to the left of the Statem road back to Ripley. The result has been that seven or eight hundred more straggling Yankees were caught. Grierson and Sturgis deserted their commands beyond Ripley and fled to LaGrange. The outrages committed by the enemy in the expedition exceeded all former example. Houses were robbed of every necessary to the support of families. Ladies insulted a
The Daily Dispatch: July 6, 1864., [Electronic resource], Revelation of a Mammoth scheme of operations. (search)
Raleigh and Gaston Railroad to Weldon. At the latter place, the bridge was to be burned, and Kantz was then to make for the Black water, and come around through Southampton, Surry, Sussex, and Prince George to Grant's headquarters. This officer states that the combined forces numbered all of eight thousand; that they were splendidly armed and equipped; well mounted; had picked men, and that, in all respects, it was intended to have been the grandest raid of the war, far eclipsing all similar expeditions, either East or West not excepting Grierson's great tramp through Mississippi, and Sheridan's contemplated march to Gordonsville, Charlottesville, Lynchburg, etc.--Our readers can now form some idea of what has been accomplished by the defeat of this multitude of land pirates, and Central North Carolina has especial cause to be thankful that she has escaped an irruption of vandals which would have proved more destructive than the locusts of Egypt did to that much afflicted country.