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's South Carolina and Gen. Ransom's North Carolina brigades took position across the Williamsburg road, at Mrs. Crump's farm, with Major Branch's Virginia artillery in the centre, and Col. Shingler's and the Holcombe Legion cavalry on the right and left. Skirmishing speedily and actively commenced with the infantry, and the artillery opened an accurate and incessant cannonading. The enemy, consisting of three regiments of infantry, a force of cavalry, and four pieces of artillery, under Colonel West, commanding, at first presented a bold front, but as our infantry advanced in splendid order, at the double quick, they retreated. Gens. Jenkins's and Ransom's onslaught was bold and fearless, but as the enemy retired rapidly, Gen. Hill ordered Col. Shingler, with his cavalry, to the charge, which was executed in gallant and impetuous style, driving the enemy to Tunstall's, four miles, when darkness put an end to the pursuit. The enemy two or three times took an ambuscade, and poured he
all but eighty men out of their number. They could not hold the position after capturing it. From what I can learn there was little fighting on Saturday.--On yesterday (Sunday 5th) the enemy were again attacked and the news is here that they were driven three miles, with the loss of an immense number of prisoners. I have gathered no particulars of this day's engagement.--Gen. Anderson passed through town this morning, but stopped only a very short time, and I did not see him. He said that Lee would hold his position. Anderson's brigade lost heavily. I have been unable to learn the named of the officers killed. It is stated that Col. Burgwyn, of North Carolina, was killed, and also Captain West in command of the 6th North Carolina. There seemed to be a general understanding in both armies that this night was to decide the contest, and each side contended with desperation. From every source and from every rumor, thus far received, we believe that in master of the situation.
New Publications. --Messrs. West &Johnston have just published a most delightful novelette called "The Romance of a Poor Young Man." It is from the French of Octave Feuillet, and is a charming specimen of a French novel. They have also just from the press "The Confederate Receipt Book," which will be very valuable to housekeepers as well as every one else. From J. W. Randolph, No. 121 Main street, we have received three songs"The Stone wall Banner," "Keep Your Powder Dry, Boys," and "Virginia." Mr. R. is the publisher of two of the collection.
Aurora Floyd.--West & Johnston. --This is a new work by the author of "Lady Audrey's Secret," which has just been published by Messrs. West & Johnston. It is what may be termed a thrilling novel, without anything of the yellow cover style about it. It is fully up to the first literary performances of Mrs. Braddon.
There are three Generals. --Reahen Davis Chas. Clarks, and West--candidates for the Governorship of Mississippi.
New Publications.--second year of the War--E. A. Pollard. West & Johnston. --This, the second volume of Mr. Pollard's history of the war, will meet with even a wider circulation than the first. It contains remarkably well written accounts of the great battles which have taken place in the second year of this struggle — accounts which have the merit of being compiled from reliable sources, and the beauty of a strong and dashing style in the writer. The book is for sale at West & Johnston's. The Aide-de-camp--A Romance of the War. By Jas. D. McCabe, Jr. This little volume is published by W. A. J. Smith, Richmond, and is for sale at the bookstores.
lth was taken up, amended, and laid on the table. The Senate, after some other unimportant business, adjourned. In the House, Mr. Woodley moved the reconsideration of the vote by which the bill defining citizenship, was ordered to its engrossment. The vote was reconsidered, and the bill amended in favor of persons in the Confederate service, and of persons who have been compelled by the enemy, or the usurped Government, to acts enumerated in the bill. The bill was then engrossed. House bill declaring certain railroad companies to be the only responsible common carriers on their lines, and regulating express service thereon, was passed. The bill amending the charter of the Merchants Insurance Company of Richmond, was passed. The Halifax contested election case was then taken up, and the contestant, Mr. West, addressed the House at length. After some further discussion of the subject, the House determined to send the matter back to the people of Halifax county.
The Daily Dispatch: November 10, 1863., [Electronic resource], Some curious Developments of how the Yankees Dispose of their contrabands. (search)
Some curious Developments of how the Yankees Dispose of their contrabands. --The St. Louis Republican(Abolition) contains some rich exposures of what the Yankees do with the negroes who fall into their hands out West. The article must read well in Boston, where the man and brother elevateth his horn to the utmost. We make an extract from it: It is not true philanthropy which has inspired the Abolitionists in their course with regard to the Southern negroes. With them the question has been, not how many slaves would be benefited by abolition, but how much it would irritate and harass the slaveholders and contribute to the gratification of a sectional malice. During the present war thousands of negroes have been released from servitude to their masters, but we say unhesitatingly that in nine cases out of ten, if not in a far greater ratio, the change has been positively injurious to their condition, morally and physically. How many of the contrabands are better provided f
The Daily Dispatch: December 21, 1863., [Electronic resource], The raid into Southwestern Virginia--depredations of the enemy. (search)
mplished during a terrible storm. B. F. Butler, Major Gen. Details of the Captures. Yorktown, Va., Dec. 14, 1863. Major General Butler: "I have the satisfaction to announce the complete success of the expedition sent out under Colonel West, all worked in successful combination. Our cavalry carried the enemy's camp at Charles City Court-House after sharp fighting, the enemy firing from their houses. We captured eight officers and eighty-two enlisted men, being the whole commandfour hours marched sixty-four miles, mostly in a severe storm, moving day and night, and walking their shoes off, which should be made good by the Government. "All are entitled to high commendation for gallantry and unflinching endurance; Colonel West, especially, for his precise execution of a difficult combination, which alone could have accomplished my object. J. J. Wistar Brigadier General." General Butler has also sent out another "important" expedition undertaken by Brigadier-Ge
The Daily Dispatch: February 11, 1864., [Electronic resource], The raiding expedition up the Peninsula. (search)
59 Lieutenants. The following is a list of the Colonels and Majors: Col A D Streight, 51st Indiana regiment, a notorious character captured in Tennessee by Gen Forrest, and charged with having raised a negro regiment. Col W. G Ely, 18th Connecticut. Col J F Boyd, 20th army corps. Col H C Hobart, 21st Wisconsin. Col W P Kendrick, 3d West Tenn cav. Col W B McCreary, 21st Michigan. Col Thos E Rose, 77th Pa. Col J P Spofford, 97th N Y. Col C W Tilden, 16th Maine. Col T S West, 24th Wisconsin. Col D Miles, 19th Pa. Major J P Collins, 29th Ind. Major G W Fitzsimmons, 37th Ind. Major J H Hooper, 15th Miss. Major B B Macdonald, 100th Ohio. Major A Von Mitzel, 74th Pa. Major J N Walker, 73d Ind. Major J A Henry, 5th Ohio. Immediately on discovering the absence of these prisoners some excitement was created among the Confederate officers in charge of the prison, and in a short time every means was adopted to ascertain the manner of their escape. A
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