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Monday, March 31, 2014

March Comes in Like a Lion- "a matter of great anxiety"

The Departure of the raiders.
The fate of Kilpatrick's command was a matter of great anxiety to the Yankees on the Peninsula. On Wednesday last Col. Spears, 11th Pennsylvania cavalry, cause up to Tunstall's Station three times to meet Kilpatrick, and finding he had not arrived went back. The last time they came up they met him, and falling in with him protected his rear on his way down the Peninsula.--Col. Bradley Johnson, with his gallant body of men, who had been hammering at Kilpatrick's column, then found Dahlgren in his own rear wills a largely superior force, and turned upon him. Had he had a larger force he would have captured them, as they were much dispirited. When they found Johnson in their front, they seemed to be consulting about giving up. One of them was heard by our men to say, "We had better go to than to go back to Richmond." This opinion seemed to prevail, and they determined to force their way through. Of course, Col. Johnson, will his handful of men, could not stop them, but he cut into their rear and brought off twenty-one of them as they got by. With the exception of Lieut. Pollard's attack this was the last time they were "operated" upon.

Arrival of Dahlgren's body.
Yesterday evening Lieut. Christian, of Co. H. 9th Va. Cavalry, with an escort, arrived in Richmond by the York River train, with the body of Col. Ulric Dahlgren, the leader of the Yankee, raiders, who was killed at Stevensville, King and Queen county, on Wednesday night.

-The Daily Dispatch: March 7, 1864

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