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Friday, March 21, 2014

March Comes in Like a Lion- "The infamous Butler seems disposed to play his part . . ."

 The raid around Richmond — Capture of parties of the enemy — the fighting on the Brook road and on Green's Farm.
Since our yesterday's issue, some additional particulars have reached us of the operations of the enemy on Tuesday. Kilpatrick's division, marching by the mountain road from Louisa, reached the Brook about 9 o'clock A. M., and quartered upon Mrs. Hillyard's farm. They sent forward a detachment with eight pieces of cannon along the Brook road to the vicinity of Battery No. 9, and formed a line of battle on Mrs. Taylor's farm, about one mile and a quarter from the battery. The line was formed of cannon, supported by dismounted sharpshooters. The latter approached during the artillery duel which ensued to within 175 yards of the battery, being shielded by Col. J. A. Parker's house, near the turnpike From this point they succeeded in killing one and wounding three of our men, belonging to the command of Col. Stephens, at the battery. They were finally driven off by a charge of a body of our men, led by Col. James Howard.
After the artillery duel had terminated, about 4 o'clock P. M. the whole body retreated in the direction of the Meadow Bridge road — moving with considerable haste — passing by Mr. Grant's and Mrs. Gooch's, and crossing the Chickahominy at the Meadow Bridge, six miles from Richmond. At night they encamped on Mrs. Eliza Crenshaw's farm, about a mile beyond the Bridges, and two miles from Mechanicville. Their camp-fires were visible for some distance from the surrounding country.
They were not permitted, however, to rest in peace during the night, notwithstanding their rapid marches and excessive fatigue. About 11 o'clock a part of Hampton's Legion, which had been following in their wake, directed some shells into their illuminated camp, the effect of which is left to conjecture, except that it is known to have greatly expedited their departure. They did not stay to finish their nap, and stood not upon the order of their going, but quitted the place at once.
Our informant thinks they marched towards the Old Church, in Hanover, with the view of ultimately reaching the White House. They avoided Mechanicville, however, taking the route by Hawe's shop.--Their subsequent movements must be developed by further news, which, if it comes to hand, will be added to this account.
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-The Daily Dispatch: March 3, 1864

 Movement of the enemy on the Peninsula.
The infamous Butler seems disposed to play his part in the Yankee raiding around Richmond, designing no doubt a cooperation with the redoubtable Kilpatrick. At a late hour last night we understood that a small body of the enemy's cavalry of the Peninsula command made their appearance at Tunstall's Station during the day yesterday. It is also stated upon pretty good authority that twelve regiments of Yankee infantry are at the Burnt Ordinary, in New Kent county, moving in this direction. It is likely that Butler, when he hears of Kilpatrick's adventures, will deem it prudent to withdraw to a safer distance.

-The Daily Dispatch: March 3, 1864.

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