Reference has been made to the fact that the Yankees
visited the (distant by canal about 50 miles of Richmond
) their intention being to blow-up the aqueduct at that place, and inflict when damage they could on the canal.
From a gentleman just arrived from Columbia
we have the following particulars of their visit to the place:
, to the number of several hundred, appeared at the villages at 10 o'clock on Sunday morning, and immediately commenced sending out men to bring in all the horses and mules they could find.
Others in the village proceeded to destroy the several top of the aqueduct wall.
They gave this up after sending the drill about six inches. They then put two legs of powder in the canal at the aqueduct and ignited a base leading to them, but it went out and no explosion took place.
They did not cut the canal banks.
At Mrs. Allen
's farm, one mile below Columbia
, they burned a barn and destroyed all of the bridges spanning the canal between Elk Island
They also burned the bridge on Mr. Harrison
's farm, leading over the canal, and two bridges at Columbia
, and one above it. They took possession of the canal boat Isabella
, Capt. Snoddy
, and burned her. She was owned by the Captain
, and loaded with his furniture and effects.
They afterwards said they would not have burnt it had they been aware it was private property.
They sawed off the wooden beams of the canal locks below Columbia
Six negroes of Mr. Galt
left with tee Yankees. --They took all the good horses they could find; stole four from Mr. Elsom
and shot one because it was too fat to travel.
had been in Columbia
about four hours, and were busy committing their depredations, when one of their couriers dashed into the village and told his comrades that Fitzhugh Lee
's cavalry was after them.
They were soon in the saddle, and took the route towards Goochland
. --Later in the day General Lee
appeared, and, continuing the pursuit, came up with the Yankees
the next day (Monday) at Hadensville, Goochland county
, 15 miles cast of Columbia
, when a skirmish ensued, and the Yankees
Our informant does not think there are any Yankees this side of the Three Cropped road. Whole at Columbia
they broke open a warehouse belonging to Mr. Hodgson
, and distributed its contents — sugar, rice, bacon, &c — to the negroes.
A part of the goods were afterward recovered.