The operations of the enemy on the Peninsula — their reported retirement to New Kent Court House.
After their repulse at Bottom's Bridge, on Sunday morning, the enemy fell back to Talleysville. at the junction of the old Williamsburg and Hanover roads, about twenty-four miles distant from this city. Here they remained in considerable force until about noon yesterday, when they retired to New Kent Court House.
Their force at Talleysville on Sunday, as reported by one of Col. Shingler's couriers, consisted of three brigades of infantry, four regiments of cavalry, and twelve pieces of artillery.
The impression is that this demonstration was an advance of their lines, and a new base of operations, extending from Cumberland, on the Pamunkey, to Windsor Shades, on the Chickahominy. If they succeed in forming this base, their lines will be advanced some 25 miles nearer this my which will afford them advantages of operating not heretofore foreseen.
In the little affair at Bottom's Bridge, on Sunday morning the enemy's loss was not considerable. A number of their men are observed to fall beneath the well directed aim of our artillery, whilst the horses of their cavalry suffered quite severely.
Their retirement to New Kent C. H. indicates that apprehensions are entertained that more formidable obstacles are in their path than were anticipated in the first inception of the movement. There can be no doubt that the malignant and cowardly Butler is determined to make an effort to release the prisoners now in Richmond, and we are now of opinion that it well behooves our authorities to give serious attention to this demonstration.
In connection with this demonstration, we may state that a gentleman who came up on the flag of truce boat represents that the enemy have been largely reinforced at Newport News and Yorktown, and that matters at Fortress Monroe indicate active preparations for a formidable advance of the enemy.
-The Daily Dispatch: February 9, 1864.
The demonstration on the Peninsula — Withdrawal of the Yankees from New Kent C. H.
Later developments tend to show that the recent demonstration of the enemy, below this city, was not one possessed of the magnitude at first attached to it, though formidable enough to exhibit a purpose to visit Richmond if they had not been promptly met and thwarted in their designs. It is said they were rather astonished at the determined resistance offered them at Bottom's Bridge, on Sunday morning.
A gentleman who resides in New Kent county, who came to the city yesterday, estimates their numbers at about 6,000, of which there were three regiments of cavalry, and one of negro infantry. This latter did not come farther than New Kent Court-House.
On their return from Bottom's Bridge on Sunday, they stated that the expedition had been undertaken on account of information furnished by refugees from Richmond, who had represented to the commandant at Williamsburg, that there was nothing to prevent them from entering Richmond.
The latest information we have with reference to these raiders is, that they have left New Kent, and gone back to Williamsburg.
-The Daily Dispatch: February 10, 1864.
This is a cross posting from Thread the Rude Eye.