Ravages of the enemy when last this side of the Rapidan.
's army had crossed at Germanns and Ely's fords they subjected the unfortunate farmers within their lines to the most inhuman treatment.
They burned the house of Mr. Reuben Gordon
, son of Ger. Wm. F. Gordon
, because, as they said, he was an original Secessionist, and did not leave a thing of any value whatever on the place.--The farms of Miss Sally Grymes
, Mr. Skinker
, Mrs. Willis
, Captain Beale
, Capt. Strother Green
, Mr. John Spottswood
J. H. lacy, and others, were desolated to that extent that not a meal's victuals was left on any of them.
They broke up the furniture of the houses and took off all the clothing and bed linen from every house.
The feather beds
were emptied out in the yard, and the venerable Capt. Green
and his children were reduced to sleeping between two mattresses Mr. John Spottswood
and Capt. Beale
were taken off by the Yankees
, leaving their helpless families without provisions or servants.
Most of the negroes within the Yankee
lines went off with them.
's were saved by his overseer's activity in moving them off before the Yankees
reached the Wilderness
's cavalry distinguished themselves in robbing the negro houses as clean a their masters', not a vestige of clothing was left anywhere.
Their courage was shown in knocking down the lame and aged Capt. Green
, who told them they were such brave men that if he had a thousand such he could storm Gibraltar
Let our cavalry remember the gallant Kilpatrick
and his men, and their conduct in Gloucester
, the Northern Neck
, and Spotsylvania
Some of the prisoners taken said that Meade
gave them their choice between re-enlisting for three years or going across the Rapidan
and fighting Lee
. They chose the latter.
has assured them that he will get a fight out of them before next May, when their term of service expires.