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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 his 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 which we publish below,

U. Dallgren, * 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 gathered in regard to the crossings of the river,

so that, should we be repulsed on the south side, The following address to the officers and men 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,


All mills must be burned and the canal des“ Headquarters, Third Division, Cavalry Corps, troyed, and also every thing which can be used 1864":

OFFICERS AND MEN: You have been selected by the rebels must be destroyed, including the from brigades and regiments as a picked com- which can be worked, have it moved down.

boats on the river. Should a ferry-boat be seized mand, to attempt a desperate undertaking-an Keep the force on the south side posted of any undertaking which, if successful, will write your important movement of the enemy, and in case names on the hearts of your countrymen in letters 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; the city, the party must take great care that they

river and bring us information. As we approach fined in loathsome prisons to follow you and do not get ahead of the other party on the south yours wherever you may go. We hope to release the prisoners from Belle Isle first, and, having side, and must conceal themselves and watch our 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

When necesrebel leader Davis, and his traitorous crew, to try to carry the bridge by storm. escape. The prisoners must render great assist- sary the men must be filed through the woods

and along the river bank. The bridge once ance, as you cannot leave your ranks too far or

secured and the prisoners loose and over the become too much scattered, or you will be lost. 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 5, 1864.

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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 iniles, 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 Rappahannock 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.

Colonel Dahlgren, etc. They must have plenty of oakum and turpentine 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, 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,

JOHN C. BABCOCK. pioneers and destroy the bridges and railroads 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 reënforcements can on any

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 debût 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 haste, 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 Ilenley'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. 1. ; 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; Their exact number was not at first easily aear James River, two p.x. Sunday, feed and ascertained, and, as usual, the most exaggerateu pater 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. on picket-duty and recruiting services in King

William, the residence of most of its members. Posting his command 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 reệnforced 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

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.

knowledge of Richmond and its suburbs, he


said he knew it "like a bog;" he was a guest at

SPIRIT OF THE REBEL PRESS. the Hotel de Libby in July, 1863, and knew the

RICHMOND, March 5. officers of the prison. Then recognizing Mr. .

If the confederate capital has been in the Ross, the clerk, Hogan broke out, “How do you closest danger of massacre and conflagrationdo, Licutenant Ross? Glad to see you.” Hogan if the President and Cabinet have run a serious boasted of his narrow escape, having had four risk of being hanged at their own door, do we bullets put through his clothing and hair. In not owe it chiefly to the milk-and-water spirit in reply to a question as to what he was fighting which this war has hitherto been conducted ? for, he replied he was fighting for fun. When It is time to ask, in what light are the people such fun ends in a hempen rope, as we trust it of the confederate States regarded by their own will, Hogan will cease to estimate his business a government? As belligerents resisting by war joke.

an invasion from a foreign people—or as a gang Hogan disposed of for the present, we would of malefactors evading and postponing the pen. inquire who is this “John C. Babcock” who sent alty of their crimes? It may appear a strange Hogan on his own horse to Dahlgren? If found, question; yet the answer is not so distinct as he should certainly be sent headlong after Dahl. could be desired. The enemy's government, we gren, or brought to Richmond to participate in know, takes the second view of our position. To whatever fate awaits the outlaws of his com- the Washington authorities we are simply crimimand held here. -Richmond Ecaminer, March 8.

nals awaiting punishment, who may be hanged,

or may be pardoned. In their eyes, our country GEN, ELZEY'S CONGRATULATIONS.

is not ours, but theirs. The hostilities which

they carry on are not properly war, but military HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF RICHMOND, execution and coercion. There is, in their opinMarch 8, 1864.

ion, no equality of rights between us; no more General Orders, No. 10.

than between the police and a gang of garroters The Major-General commanding congratulates whom the police is hunting down. Even the the troops upon their completely successful de-one symptom of apparent recognition, upon their fence of the city of Richmond, and its rescue part, of our status as a war-making peoplefrom the ravages of the invader.

namely, the exchange of prisoners (a measure to The enemy was gallantly repulsed on the which policy compelled them for a little while,) north side by Colonel Stevens's command, and is at an end. We would not treat, forsooth, on the west by Brigadier-General G. W. C. Lee's with Major-General Butler! The outlaws, introops. Their conduct is entitled to the highest deed, pretend to tastes and preferences as to praise and credit.

which of the efficient police constables shail be To Colonel Bradley T. Johnston, and the offi- sent to deal with them. The fastidious creature: cers and soldiers under his command, the thanks demand to be brought back to their duty by of the Major-General are especially due, for the gentlemanlike officers, and to be handled with prompt and vigorous manner in which they pur- kid gloves, do they ! sued the enemy from Beaver Dam to Richmond, But the present matter in hand is not the posiand thence to the Pamunkey and down the tion which the Yankees assign us. Does the peninsula, making repeated charges, capturing confederate government take any different view many prisoners and horses, and thwarting any of the case ? Does it at least recognize us as attempt of the enemy to charge them.

belligerents ? What a question--after three The Major-General commanding begs leave to years of fierce and deadly war! Now, in submittender to Major-General Hampton and his com- ting to take an inferior position, in suffering our mand his sincere thanks for their coöperation in enemies to do things which we may not or dara following up the enemy, and their gallant as- not do, in shrinking from retaliation for outrage, sault upon his camp at Atlee's Station, on Tues- pillage and murder, this government does virtuday night, in which the enemy's entire force was ally acknowledge and accept the theory, the stampeded and completely routed, leaving in the whole theory of Mr. Lincoln and Mr. Seward. hands of General Hampton many prisoners and General Morgan makes a raid into Ohio; he is horses.

taken, is thrust into a State penitentiary as a Lastly, the conduct of the home guard of felon, to await his trial as a robber. Streight King and Queen County, and of Captain Magru- and his mounted brigands lay waste and burn der's squadron of the Forty-second battalion, Vir- and plunder several counties in North-Alabama ginia cavalry, which, in conjunction with small --they are taken and treated as prisoners of war. detachments of furloughed men, under Captain Stoneman, Spears, Kilpatrick, ride when they Fox and Lieutenant Pollard, of the cavalry of please up to the fortifications of Richmond, robthe A. N. V., attacked the retreating column of bing the hou es and hen-coops, stealing the very Colonel Dahlgren -- killing the leader and cap- spoons and cothing, carrying off, at their pleaturing nearly one hundred prisoners, with ne- sure, horses, mules, slaves. Some of the thieres groes and horses-deserves public acknowledg. are apprehended, but what care they? Their of ment. By command of

ficers are conducted to the Libby and used with Major-General ELZEY. distinguished consideration. T. O. CHESTNEY,

The private

es are sure the treatment Assistant Adjutant-General

of honorable enumies and prisoners taken in

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battle. Several hundred of this last marauding to ravage and pillage us at pleasure, sure that gang are now in the confederate prisons at Rich- they will not be visited with the like in their mond. They are not chained up in a peniten- turn.

Richmond Sentinel, tiary for felons, not handed over to be dealt with by the outraged laws of Virginia. Why

RICHMOND, March 7. not? Perhaps this State government at Rich- Perhaps the people-perhaps even the govmond is not the true government of Virginia ; ernment of the confederate States-are now at perhaps the true government is the one at length awakened to the true nature of the strug. Wheeling, or at Alexandria, or at Norfolk, and gle in progress. We have been in the habit of these raiders and robbers have committed no regarding it as a war between nations; our eneoffence against that government or against the mies have all along looked upon it as a military people of the real State of Virginia—that is, the execution upon a mutinous crew. The means "loyal” State. This is the theory at Washing- by which their soldiers are desired “to write ton; those in “rebellion” have no rights; and their names in ineffaceable letters on the hearts to do by those caitiffs as was done by Morgan, in of their countrymen,” are by rushing at night Ohio, would not there be regarded as the legiti- upon a populous city, burning it down with turmate retaliation of belligerents, but as a new out- pentine and oakum in “soaked balls,” turning rage by rebels; and, doubtless, if the wretches loose some thousands of ruffian prisoners, brutwere hanged, an equal number of confederate of- alized to the deepest degree by acquaintance ficers of the highest rank they have got would with every horror of war, who have been con. swing; and our government knows it, and in its fined on an island for a year, far from all means humanity and Christian charity submits. of indulging their strong sensual appetites-in

Again, two Yankee officers are solemnly desig- viting this pandemonium to work their will on nated by lot to be executed in retaliation for two the unarmed citizens, on the women, gentle and of ours most foully murdered. But, in the eyes simple, of Richmond, and on all their property of our enemies, we have no rights of retaliation, -in a word, to sack, with the usual accompaninor any other rights, so they coolly inform us ments attending that operation-to kill Jefferson that if we do as we have threatened, they will Davis and his mutinous crew, and slip away as not regard it as retaliation, but as a new crime, they came; to burn not only houses and bridges, to be severely punished. They choose out two but every thing else which might be of use to the officers of rank-one a Brigadier-General and rebels, barns, boats, stores, provisions, and to inform us that their lives shall answer for the slaughter all horses and cattle which they could two whom we propose to execute. Well, this not carry away with them. government, after months of hesitation, gives The results, indeed, of this tremendous intenway, yields all, confesses that it has no rights, tion of ravage and butchery, were contemptible. and lets the condemned men go. In other words, The “picked command, selected from brigades it accepts for us, and in our name, the position and regiments ” for the thieving and murdering of rebels and malefactors.

expedition, was not quite up to the mark. “The But "we are to consider,” it seems, “not braves who were to have swept though Richwhat wicked enemies may deserve, but what mond” were very easily swept away from before it becomes us, Christians and gentlemen, to Richmond ; and their balls of oakum and turinflict." 0 hypocrisy, and thou forty-parson- pentine, instead of hissing and flaming in our power which alone can sound its praise through dwellings and amidst terrified women and chilthy forty noses ! What cant is this? We won-dren, as was expected, had to be thrown into der whether Mr. Davis is aware of what many the Pamunkey for the present. Nevertheless, the honest people begin to mutter and murmur. minute programme of that piece of business can

They say, can this man be saving up for him not fail to be instructive. After our government self, in case of the worst, a sort of plea in miti- has existed for three years, and has all that gation of punishment ? If the cause for which time maintained large armies to meet and baffle a hundred and fifty thousand of us have died, their far greater armies in fair fight in the field, be borne down at last, is this Christian meekness they think it still an allowable, nay, a virtuous of his intended to save his own life? They say, and glorious proceeding, to steal upon our Chiefwhat comfort are these fine sentiments to the Magistrate and his Cabinet in their beds, and, houseless families who have been driven from after burning their houses, to hang them up on their homes in Tennessee or Virginia, when they the next tree, just as the French in Algiers would find that our armies, even on the enemy's soil, do to a Kabyle chief and his encampment in the are withheld from giving the invaders a taste of desert, or the English in India to some Nena real war in their own quenched hearths and Sahib or Ghoorka marauder. blazing barns ? For what have we set over Now-it is as well to look our position straight us a government at all, if it be not to protect in the face-we are barbarians in the eyes of our us against our enemies; to avenge us of our enemies. Our way of life is, according to the enemies when need is; to uphold our cause in dictum of one of these philosophers, "the sum all its fulness and grandeur, and to keep our of all barbarism.” Against us every thing is fair. banner flying high? But this is lowering the We also, though we have newspapers and oracause and dragging the banner through the tors, and a certain command of the English landust · this is encouraging, inviting our invaders Iguage, are yet so hemmed in for the present by

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