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Sunday, January 6, 2013

Attack on our pickets — affairs on the Peninsula.

White House, (on the Pamunkey,) December 6th, 1862

About 11 o'clock last night a courier arrived here from our forces below this place, stating that an Abolition force of about three hundred, from Williamsburg, had attacked our pickets, twenty-eight in number, near Barhamsville, killing or capturing all but one, who got into camp safe and made the above statement, and that the enemy were still advancing. As the reports of the pickets are not always to be relied on, it is more than probable that more of our pickets will return to camp. Our forces advanced to meet the "Hessians," and of course we have no fears for the result. The enemy, it seems, are trying to get to the York River Railroad and bar it up; but they will have a lively time before, they reach it. Some days since the notorious traitor, Lemuel J. Bowden, left Williamsburg, went to Washington, and complained that the military commander of the "Old Burg" was too lenient to our citizens, and that he ought to be removed. On his return, he was walking quietly down the street, consoles of having accomplished his ends, when some Yankees fell to and gave him such a handsome drubbing that it is thought he will, as of old, have to keep his house for several weeks.

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