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otherwise rendering it unserviceable for immedi-vicinity of the city, where they intended and exate use.
pected to arrive last night, to effect a junction, Leaving Frederickshall on Monday, they cross-probably, with a column from the direction of ed the Central Railroad and divided into two de- | Ashland. The negro, however, intentionally or tachments, one moving in the direction of James ignorantly piloted them in a wrong direction, and River Canal, and the other of Ashland, where it they landed in Goochland, as above stated, about spent Monday night.
daylight yesterday, for which they hung him yesThe force penetrated yesterday (Tuesday A.m.) terday morning. to the farm of John A. Seddon, Secretary of War, It is reported that a detachment from this colin Goochland County ; burned his barn and sta- umn went to the river at Mannakin's Ferry, it ble, and it is reported by escaped men that his was believed with the intention of crossing it, if dwelling-house was in flames. They burned all practicable, and coming over on the south side. the flour and saw-mills in the vicinity, including Whether they succeeded or not we have not learnthe Dover four-mills and barns, and the mills of ed. Some of the privates expressed regret at the Stanard & Morson ; destroyed a number of freight burning of houses, but said they acted under orand other boats in the canal, and did considera- ders. A negro belonging to Stanard was capble damage to the iron-works at Mannakio. The tured, and, after being with them all day, feigned only damage done to the canal beside the destruc- sickness, and being sent off under guard, three tion of boats, was cutting the lock at Simpson. I of our pickets galloped up and captured the YanGeneral H. A. Wise was at the time on a visit to kee, and released the negro. his son-in-law, whose farm adjoins that of Secre
| About three o'clock yesterday afternoon, the tary Seddon, but fortunately became apprised of enemy advanced toward the city by the Westtheir approach in time to make his escape. He ham or River road, evidently the same force that arrived in the city yesterday.
went to Goochland. They formed into line of The other detachment, that came to Ashland, battle not far above the city, and, from the brisk was accompanied by a battery of artillery, and firing of musketry heard in that direction about approached on the Brook turnpike, about six dusk, it is supposed that a fight occurred. The miles north-west of the city, yesterday morn-enemy were afterward reported to have been reing. They were promptly met and kept in check, pulsed. Several prisoners were brought in about and finally handsomely repulsed, by a portion of eight o'clock last night. Up to the late hour of engineer troops under Colonel W. H. Stephens, writing this we learned no particulars who manned a few sections of light artillery. A The body of raiders is under command of Genduel ensued, and shots were exchanged for about eral Kilpatrick, celebrated in connection with the two hours. The enemy then withdrew in the raid of last spring, over very much the identical direction of Mechanicsville, burning the trestle
route. Besides the general destruction of properwork of the Central Railroad across the Chicka
ty, one of the principal objects of the raid was hominy in their retreat. Our loss in the fight on
evidently the release of the prisoners in this the Brook road was one killed and six or seven
| city, but the plan miscarried by the treachery or wounded, but we are unable to learn their names.
| ignorance of this negro guide. It is not to be Neither the force nor the loss of the enemy is yet
supposed that it would have been successful, ascertained, as they carried their dead and wound. I had it been otherwise. The whole force is estied with them. We captured two prisoners, who
mated at about two large brigades, and whatever were committed to Libby Prison.
the object, they have won a title to considerable During the retreat of this column they threw
| boldness, to say the least of it. two or three shells at the dwelling-house of the Later. _Last night at about a quarter past ten Hon. James Lyons, which exploded in the yard o'clock, brisk artillery-firing was heard in the without damage. They stopped the carriage of direction of Meadow Bridges or Mechanicsville, Mr. John P. Ballard, took out both the horses, and which continued half an hour. It proceeded, carried off the horses of Mr. Goddin. The latest month.
The latest doubtless, from the column that retreated in that report we have from this retreating column is, direction. It was reported that a skirmish octhat they had halted five or six miles from the curred earlier in the night on the Westham city to take refreshments. They are probably road, in which the enemy charged Hurley's batendeavoring to make their escape by way of the talion and the Twenty-eighth Virginia regiment. White House. We omitted to mention a report who were in charge of the main body, and that they saluted Camp Lee with a few shells, repulsed. We heard of no casualties. but this lacks confirmation.
An official communication received last night, The detachment that went to Goochland, ac
expresses the opinion that Meade is advancing cording to the statement of an escaped prisoner, against General Lee. The same opinion is enincluded a large body of negroes, mounted and tertained in a high official quarter. If Meade armed. They seized and brought with them a means fight it may begin to-day the wea considerable number of negroes as they passed permitting, though it may be only a demonstrathrough the country, as well as a large number
tion in favor of the raid on the city. of horses, which were brought into requisition whenever others were exhausted and gave out.
ANOTHER ACCOUNT. Before leaving the Central Railroad they impress
RICHMOND, March 4, 1864. ed into service a negro guide, to pilot them to thel In concluding our report yesterday, we stated
that the raiders had succeeded in effecting their In addition to the names already published by escape by crossing the Pamunkey at Piping us, we have heard of the following wounded in Tree. Subsequent information has satisfied us the late fights: Of Henly's battalion-privates that this statement was erroneous, and that only D. T. Carter, S. McLain, R. B. Green, and Gray a small portion of the enemy's forces crossed Deswell. Of the Armory battalion-Lieutenant the Pamunkey in their retreat. The main body, Truehart, slightly in shoulder; private Jones, after passing Old Church, in Hanover County, mortally; private Rees, badly in the neck. moved down into New-Kent, on their way, doubt. Among the local troops, we understand our total less, to Williamsburgh.
loss to be: Killed," three ; mortally wounded, Yesterday afternoon, Colonel Bradley T. John-two; wounded, twelve; missing, five. son, with about forty of his Marylanders, assist- The injury sustained by this road from the ed by a detachment of the Ninth Virginia cav- raiders is slight, and only such as to prevent the alry, which had joined him, came up with their running of the trains for a few days. In the rear-guard, near Tunstall's Station, when a skir- neighborhood of the Chickabominy they demish ensued, resulting in the capture of seventy stroyed the trestle-work over the Brook, and some of the raiders. This is probably the last heavy fifteen feet of what is known as the dry trestling pull that will be made upon them, as it is un- on the other side of the Chickahominy. At derstood that the remainder of the party had Beaver Dam they tore up some hundred yards pushed on beyond New-Kent Court-House. or more of track, and burnt one or two unim
Thus ends the great raid which was designed portant railroad buildings. This is about the for the destruction of General Lee's communica- extent of the damage inflicted upon the road. tions and the liberation of the Yankee prisoners Some uneasiness has been expressed with in Richmond. The injury to the communications reference to our artillery at Frederickshall, and with the army of Northern Virginia can be re-apprehensions entertained that it sustained some paired in three days, and, instead of releasing damage from the raiders on Monday. The fact the prisoners already in our hands, they have that several of the artillery officers were capturadded not less than two hundred and fifty to ed by them excited these apprehensions. We their numbers.
are glad to state, however, that not a single piece It is somewhat difficult to ascertain the exact was injured, as the enemy were not at Frederloss of the raiders in killed and wounded. It is ickshall at all. They struck the railroad some thought that in the fights on Mick's and Green's three miles below that point. farms they had seventeen killed, and it is known The remains of Captain Albert Ellery, who that they had not less than twenty wounded. fell in one of the fights on Tuesday night, were In Hampton's night attack upon them, near At- interred in Hollywood Cemetery. They were follee's, he killed four or five and wounded as many lowed to their last resting-place by the battalion more. In the several engagements which oc- of which he was a inember, and Smith's batcurred, they must have lost, at a low estimate, talion band. Among the pall-bearers, we noticed twenty-five in killed and seventy wounded. Marshal Kane and Doctor Charles Magill.
Their loss in prisoners will reach two hundred and fifty. Up to seven o'clock yesterday even
THE DEATH OF DAHLGREN. ing, one hundred and seventy had been booked
RICHMOND, March 5, 1864. at the Libby, and these did not include the sev-| The most important blow which has yet been enty captured by Colonel Johnson in the neigh-struck the daring raiders who attempted to enter borhood of Tunstall's.
this city on Tuesday last, was wielded by LieuWhat their net loss in horses will amount to tenant Pollard, of the Ninth Virginia cavalry, on cannot, of course, be estimated, as the number Wednesday night, about eleven o'clock, in the they stole in their line of march will go far to neighborhood of Walkertown, in King and Queen make up the number captured from them. They County. did not lose less than five hundred in killed and Lieutenant Pollard, with the greater portion captured. Beside the horses, they lost a Napo- of his own company, had been watching the leon gun, many saddles, carbines, sabres, pistols, movements of the enemy all day on Wednesday, blankets, etc. Altogether, the expedition was in King William, and ascertained that night that rather an expensive one to Kilpatrick's Govern- Dahlgren, with about two hundred of his delud. ment, taking into consideration the results ac-ed followers, had crossed the Mattapony at Ay. complished.
lett's. With his own men he crossed over and We were in error as to the name of the officer followed the retreating raiders. On reaching the who commanded this battalion in the recent forks of the road, a few miles above Walkertown, fight with the enemy on Green's farm. Captain Lieutenant Pollard learned that the enemy had John McAnerney, and not McIthaney, is his taken the river road, leading to that place. name. He came to Virginia in the early part of Leaving a few men to follow on after them, he the war with the Third Alabama regiment, and quitted the main road with the larger portion of was wounded in the battles around Richmond. the force at his disposal, and by a circuitous His wound disabling him, he was appointed a route and forced march, he succeeded in throw. clerk in the Post-Office Department. On the ing himself in front of the enemy and awaited day of the raid he assumed command of the bat. his approach. In the mean time, he had been talion as senior Captain, Major Henly being sick. I joined by the home-guards of King and Queen
County, and a few men of Robbins's battalion. death at the hands of citizens. Keep well toA little before eleven o'clock at night the en-gether and obey orders strictly, and all will be emy approached on the road in which they were well; but on no account scatter too far, for in posted. A fire was at once opened upon them, union there is strength. With strict obedience but their leader, Colonel Dahlgren, relying, per- to orders and fearlessness in their execution, you haps, upon their numbers, or stung by chagrin will be sure to succeed. We will join the main at his failure to capture Richmond, determined force on the other side of the city, or perhaps to force his way through, and at once forming meet them inside. Many of you may fall; but bis men, ordered a charge, which he led himself. if there is any man here not willing to sacrifice It proved, however, a fatal charge to him ; for, his life in such a great and glorious undertaking, in the onset, he was pierced with a ball and fell or who does not feel capable of meeting the dead. After his fall, the command could not be enemy in such a desperate fight as will follow, rallied, but were soon thrown into confusion let him step out, and he may go hence to the inextricable. Our boys, noticing this, availed arms of his sweetheart, and read of the braves themselves of the opportunity it afforded, and who swept through the city of Richmond. We used it to the best advantage. Dashing in among want no man who cannot feel sure of success in the discomfited foe, they succeeded in capturing such a holy cause. We will have a desperate ninety prisoners, thirty-five negroes, and one fight; but stand up to it when it does come, and hundred and fifty horses. The body of Dahl- all will be well. Ask the blessing of the Algren also fell into their hands, and on his person mighty, and do not fear the enemy. was found the paper wbich we publish below,
U. DAHLGREN,* disclosing the diabolical schemes which the party
Colonel Commanding. had in view, in making the late, and, to them,
SPECIAL ORDERS AND INSTRUCTIONS. disastrous raid.* Lieutenant Pollard, commanding company H,
The following special orders were written on a of the Ninth Virginia regiment, aided by some similar sheet of paper, and on detached slips, home-guards and a few men from Lieutenant- the whole disclosing the diabolical plans of the Colonel Robbins's command, succeeded in pen- | leaders of the expedition : ning Colonel Dahlgren on Wednesday night, Guides and pioneers, with oakum, turpentine about eleven o'clock. Dahlgren made a deter- and torpedoes, signal-officer, quartermasters, mined effort to force his way out, and was killed commissaries, scouts and pickets, and men in leading the charge.
rebel uniforms—these will remain on the north Thursday morning, the remaining officers hav- bank and move down with the force on the south ing escaped, the party surrendered, ninety Yan- / bank, not get ahead of them, and if the comkees and thirty-five negroes.
munication can be kept up without giving an Several papers were found in the pockets of alarm, it must be done; but every thing depends Dahlgren, copies of which are subjoined:
upon a surprise, and no one must be allowed to
pass ahead of the column; information must be ADDRESS TO THE OFFICERS AND MEN.
gathered in regard to the crossings of the river, The following address to the officers and men
so that, should we be repulsed on the south side, of the command was written on a sheet of paper,
we will know where to recross at the nearest having, in printed letters, on the upper corner,
1. All mills must be burned and the canal des“Headquarters, Third Division, Cavalry Corps, 1864":
troyed, and also every thing which can be used OFFICERS AND MEN: You have been selected
by the rebels must be destroyed, including the from brigades and regiments as a picked com
boats on the river. Should a ferry-boat be seized
which can be worked, have it moved down. mand, to attempt a desperate undertaking-an undertaking which, if successful, will write your
Keep the force on the south side posted of any names on the hearts of your countrymen in let
important movement of the enemy, and in case ters that can never be erased, and which will
of danger, some of the scouts must swim the cause the prayers of our fellow-soldiers now con
| river and bring us information. As we approach fined in loathsome prisons to follow you and
the city, the party must take great care that they yours wherever you may go. We hope to release
do not get ahead of the other party on the south the prisoners from
side, and must conceal themselves and watch our Belle Isle first, and, having seen them fairly started, we will cross the James
movements. We will try and secure the bridge River into Richmond, destroy the bridges after
to the city, one mile below Belle Isle, and release
the prisoners at the same time. If we don't us, and, exhorting the released prisoners to destroy and burn the hateful city, will not allow the
succeed they must then dash down, and we will rebel leader Davis, and his traitorous crew, to
try to carry the bridge by storm. When neces
sary the men must be filed through the woods escape. The prisoners must render great assistance, as you cannot leave your ranks too far or
and along the river bank. The bridge once become too much scattered, or you will be lost.
secured and the prisoners loose and over the Do not allow any personal gain to lead you off,
| river, the bridges will be burned and the city which would only bring you to an ignominious
*See Admiral Dahlgren's letter denying the authenticity of this * Richmond Dispatch, March 6, 1864.
| " address."
The men must be kept together and well in -resistance; Childsburgh, fourteen miles, eight hand, and, once in the city, it must be destroyed A.M. Resistance at North-Anna, three milesand Jeff Davis and his cabinet killed. Pioneers railroad-bridge at South-Anna, twenty-six miles, will go along with combustible material. The two P.M.; destroy bridges, pass South-Anna, and officer must use his discretion about the time of feed until after dark, then signal each other. assisting us. Horses and cattle which we do not After dark move down to Richmond and be in need immediately, must be shot rather than left. front of the city at daybreak. Return.
Every thing on the canal and elsewhere, of In Richmond during the day, feed and waterservice to the rebels, must be destroyed.
men outside. As General Custer may follow me, be careful Be over the Pamunkey at daybreak, feed and not to give a false alarm. The signal-officer must water, and then cross the Rappa hannock at night be prepared to communicate at night by rockets, -Tuesday. night when they must be on the and in other things pertaining to his department. lookout. Spies should be sent on Friday mornThe quartermasters and commissaries must be ing early, and be ready to cut-a guide furnished. on the lookout for their departments, and see The following paper was inclosed in an envelthat there are no delays on their account. The ope directed to Colonel U. Dahlgren, etc., at engineer officer will follow and survey the road General Kilpatrick's headquarters, and marked as we pass over it, etc. The pioneers must be “confidential.” The letter is not dated: prepared to construct a bridge or destroy one. They must have plenty of oakum and turpentine
Colonel Dahlgren, etc. for burning, which will be soaked and rolled into
| DEAR COLONEL: At the last moment I have balls and be given to the men to burn when we
found the man you want, who is well acquainted get into the city. Torpedoes will only be used
with the James River from Richmond.I send by the pioneers for burning the main bridges,
in bridees him to you mounted on my own private horse. etc. They must be prepared to destroy the rail
You will have to furnish him a horse. Question roads.
him five minutes and you will find him the man Men will branch off to the right with a few you want. Respectfully and truly yours, pioneers and destroy the bridges and railroads
John C. BABCOCK. south of Richmond, and then join us at the city. On the margin of the letter is written : They must be well prepared with torpedoes, etc. He crossed the Rapidan last night and has
The line of Falling Creek is probably the best late information. to march along, or, as they approach the city,
ANOTHER ACCOUNT. Good's Creek, so that no reinforcements can come up on any cars.
The column of Yankees under Dahlgren took No one must be allowed to pass ahead, for fear on their route two prisoners, Captain Demont of communicating news.
and Mr. Mountcastle, who accompanied the force Rejoin the command with all haste, and if cut from Goochland to the débût at Walkerton. off, cross the river above Richmond and rejoin us. From these gentlemen and other sources of inMen will stop at Bellona Arsenal and totally de- formation we gather some interesting accounts stroy it, and every thing else but hospitals; then of Dahlgren's excursion. . follow on and rejoin the command at Richmond Dahlgren came down the Westham plank-road, with all baste, and, if cut off, cross the river and with eight hundred or a thousand men. The rejoin us. As General Custer may follow me, be Armory battalion was on the enemy's flank, and careful and not give a false alarm.
appears to have been completely surprised. But
when the enemy came in contact with Henley's PROGRAMME OF THE ROUTE AND WORK,
battalion the cavalry broke at the first fire. The The following is the exact copy of a paper, first volley of musketry seems to have done all written in lead-pencil, which appears to have the disaster that occurred. There were eleven been a private memorandum of the programme Yankees killed and some thirty or forty wounded. that Dahlgren had made to enable him to keep After the affair Dahlgren seemed to be anxious his work clearly in mind :
for his retreat, and divided his forces so as to inSaturday, leave camp at dark-six P.M. ; cross crease the chances of escape. The force under Ely's Ford at ten P.m.; twenty miles, cross North- his immediate command moved down the south Anna at four A.M. Sunday, feed and water one bank of the Pamunkey, and crossed the river at hour; three miles, Frederickshall Station, six Dabney's Ferry. A.M.; destroy artillery eight A.m., twenty miles; 1 Their exact number was not at first easily acar James River, two P.M, Sunday, feed and ascertained, and, as usual, the most exaggerated water one hour and a half.
accounts were soon circulated throughout the Thirty miles to Richmond. March toward country, increasing as they spread, until the Kilpatrick for one hour, and then, as soon as miserable fugitives from the Richmond defences dark, cross the river, reaching Richmond early in were magnified into a full brigade. From the the morning of Monday. One squadron remains ferry they proceeded by the most direct route to on north side, one squadron to cut the railroad Aylett's, on the Mattapony, watched closely at bridge at Falling Creek, and join at Richmond- every step by scouts detached from Lieutenant eighty-three miles—General Kilpatrick cross at James Pollard's company of Lee's Rangers, now one A.M., Sunday—ten miles-pass river five a.m. I on picket-duty and recruiting services in King William, the residence of most of its members. Posting his cominand at an eligible point along The ferry-boat having been previously removed, the road in ambush, he had not long to wait beand Lieutenant Pollard's arrangements for dis- fore the enemy made his appearance, headed by puting their passage when they reached the King Dahlgren himself, slowly and cautiously apand Queen side of the river being suspected, they proaching, as if apprehensive of their impending dashed across the river as precipitately as possible, fate. As the head of the column neared the under the fire of a small squad of rangers left on point of concealment, Dahlgren's attention was the south bank for that purpose. While passing attracted by a slight rustling in the bushes, octhrough King William they captured one prison-casioned doubtless by the movement of some of er, Mr. William Edwards, and several horses, our party. Drawing his pistol he called out: and mortally wounded a man attached to the “Surrender, you damned rebel, or I'll shoot signal-corps, whose name we could not learn. you." In an instant private McCoy sprang into Subsequently Colonel Dahlgren, in command of the road, and, levelling his piece, shot the misthe party, ordered the release of Mr. Edwards creant dead. and the restoration of his horse and some valu- A general volley was then poured into the ables which were forcibly taken from his person enemy's ranks, which had the effect of emptying when captured.
their saddles and killing as many horses and The Yankees had no sooner reached King and throwing the rest into inextricable confusion. Queen County than they were harassed, both Then ensued a scene of the wildest panic, which front and rear, by the Rangers, until Lieutenant was heightened by the intense darkness of the Pollard was reễnforced by Magruder's and Blake's night. Each man looking to his own personal companies of the Forty-second Virginia battalion, safety, all sought refuge in flight, and spurring now on picket duty in King and Queen, and their jaded horses over the bodies of their Fox's company of Fifth Virginia cavalry, on wounded and over each other, the whole body furlough in the same county. Here the fight broke pell-mell over a ditch and watling fence, became general, resulting in the death of Col- which the most adventurous fox-hunter would onel Dahlgren and the capture of the great-hardly have 'essayed in the heat of the chase, er number of the party, the rest having fled into a small field. Captain M. immediately disin disorder and panic to the nearest woods. It posed his force around the field so as to prevent is believed that few, if any, will reach Glouces- all egress, and quietly awaited the approach of ter Point alive, as the home-guard of King and daylight, when the whole party surrendered Queen, whose bravery was conspicuous during without resistance. the whole affair, are scouring the country and Much praise is due Captain Magruder for his cutting off escape.
coolness and judgment in this affair. If he had A large body of this raiding party was push- ordered a charge upon the discomfited enemy in ing toward the peninsula at last accounts, pre the road, the probability is that some of our own ferring that route to the rather hazardous attempt men would have fallen by the hands of their to reach Gloucester Point through King William comrades by an indiscriminate fight in the dark, and King and Queen. We regret this very while the opportunity of escape by the enemy much, as in both counties adequate preparations would have been increased. As it was, the pruwere made to prevent the soil of either county dent course adopted secured most effectually the from being converted into a highway, as in the result desired without a single casualty on our earlier period of the war, for Yankee robbers side. This account strips the valorous Dahlwhose track is marked, wherever they are per-| gren's name of the little éclat which might have mitted to obtain a foothold, with desolation and attached to it if he had fallen, as was at first blood.
stated, while boldly leading a charge in an effort
to cut his way through our lines. He was shot A FURTHER ACCOUNT.
down, as he deserved to be, like a “thief in the From information derived from a trustworthy night," with his stolen plunder around him, source it appears that the credit of the capture while seeking, under cover of darkness, to elude of the “Dahlgren party'' is mainly due to Cap- the punishment he so richly merited. tain William M. Magruder and a squadron of Robbins's battalion under his command, who have
THE NEGRO GUIDE, for some time past been posted in King and Queen County as a corps of observation. Learn- Dahlgren's guide, recommended to him “at ing that the enemy was moving down the north the last moment" as the “very man he wanted," bank of the Mattapony by the river road, with by one “truly yours, John C. Babcock," has the evident intention of reaching Gloucester reached the Libby, in company with the two or Point, Captain Magruder determined to antici- three hundred brigands he attempted to guide pate him, and with this view left his camp with into the heart of Richmond. His name is John about one hundred of his command and Lieu- A. Hogan, an Irishman by birth, twenty-three tenant Pollard and seventeen men of the Ninth years old, tall and lithe, with a fine open counVirginia cavalry, making for a point on the river tenance. When asked his rank, he declared between Mantua Ferry and King and Queen himself a full high private, and did not aspire to Court-House, which he succeeded in reaching in any thing else. Being interrogated as to his advance of the enemy.
I knowledge of Richmond and its suburbs, he