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ant - Surgeon J. D. Fontaine, Fourth Virginia and skill so conspicuously exhibited throughout cavalry, (the enemy giving him little to do in his by the General and the officers and the men unprofession,) was bold and indefatigable in recon- der his command. noissance, and was particularly active in his efforts In addition to the officers honorably mentioned to complete the brigade. Captain Heros Von in the report of the expedition, the conduct of Borcke, a Prussian cavalry officer, who lately the following privates has received the special ran the blockade, assigned me by the Honorable commendation of their respective commanders : Sceretary of War, joined in the charge of the first Private Thomas D. Clapp, Co. D, First Virginia squadron in gallant style, and subsequently by cavalry, and J. S. Mosby, serving in the same his energy, skill
, and activity, won the praise and regiment; privates Ashton, Brent, R. Herring, admiration of all.
F. Herring, and F. Coleman, Co. E, Ninth VirTo my staff present my thanks are especially ginia cavalry. due for the diligent performance of the duties By command of General Lee, assigned them. They were as follows:
R. H. Cmilton, A.A.G. First Lieut. John Esten Cook, Ordnance Off
RICHMOND "DISPATCH" ACCOUNT. cer, (my principal staff-officer for the occasion,) First Lieut. C. Dabney, A.D.C., Rev. Mr. Land- It being determined upon to penetrate the enstreet, Capts. Farley, Towles, Fitzhugh, and emy's lines, and make a full and thorough reconMosby rendered conspicuous and gallant service noissance of their position and strength, Gen. during the whole expedition.
J. E. B. Stuart ordered the First, (Col. Fitz-Hugh My escort, under Corporal Hagan, are entitled Lee,) Ninth, (Col.F. H. Fitz-Hugh Lee,) and Fourth individually to my thanks for their zeal and de- Virginia cavalry, (Lieut. Gardiner commanding,) to votion to duty, particularly privates Carson, of hold themselves in readiness. These regiments the Jeff Davis Legion, and Pierson, of the Fourth however, did not turn out more than half their Virginia cavalry.
usual strength, the Fourth not having more than Herewith are submitted the reports of subor- four companies in the field. The Jeff Davis dinate commanders, marked A, B, and C, and a troop were also incorporated in the detail, as also map, D, showing my route, and papers, E, con- two pieces of Stuart's flying artillery-a twelvetaining recommendations for promotion, and F, pound howitzer and a six-pound English rifle containing congratulatory orders published to piece—the whole force not numbering more than the command upon its return.
one thousand four hundred men, if even the total I have the honor to be, General, your obedient reached that number. On Thursday, at dawn, servant, J. E. B. STUART,
this column proceeded down the Charlottesville Brig.-Gen. Commanding Cavalry. (Brook Church) turnpike, and had gone some disGen. R. E. LEE,
tance without molestation, when the vanguard Commanding D. N. Virginia.
overtook some eight or ten adventurous negroes GENERAL LEE'S ORDER.
journeying rapidly towards the Federal lines. HEADQUARTERS Dept. of NORTHERN VIRGINIA,
These runaways were secured and sent to the June 23, 1862
rear, and as night was drawing ncar, pickets and GENERAL ORDERS No. 74.
videttes were placed, and the column camped for The General Commanding announces with the night near Ashland, it being considered imgreat satisfaction to the army the brilliant ex- prudent to progress further. Towards the mornploit of Brig.-Gen. J. E. B. Stuart, with part of ing signal-rockets were fired, and answered by the troops under his command. This gallant our troops at the lines far to the rear, and as officer, with portions of the First, Fourth, and soon as day broke the cavalry column proceeded Ninth Virginia cavalry, a part of the Jeff Davis on its march. Carefully and cautiously journeyLegion, with whom were the Boykin Rangers and ing, the Federal lines were penetrated, when a section of the Stuart horse artillery, on the horse-pickets discovering our videttes advancing, thirteenth, fourteenth, and fifteenth of June, the videttes hastily retired, according to orders, made a reconnoissance between the Pamunkey upon the main body concealed by woods in a and Chickahominy Rivers, and succeeded in pass-turn in the road. Being near Hanover Courting around the rear of the whole of the Union House, the Federals were wont to proceed thither army, routing the enemy in a series of skir- daily for forage, as a captured picket informed inishes, taking a number of prisoners, and de- the men, but on this occasion had orders to prostroying and capturing stores to a large amount ceed as far as possible toward Richmond. It
Having most successfully accomplished its ob- being thought possible to capture the whole deject, the expedition re-crossed the Chickahominy tachment, dispositions were accordingly, made, almost in the presence of the enemy, with the but upon the appearance of the second squadron same coolness and address that marked every of the Ninth, (composed of the Caroline dragoons, step of its progress, and with the loss of but one Capt. Swan, and Lee's light horse, Lieut. Hunman, the lamented Capt. Latane, of the Ninth gerford commanding,) under command of Capt. Virginia cavalry, who fell bravely leading a suc- Swan, the enemy's outpost hastily galloped back, cessful charge against a superior force of the ene- and their main body took to flight, Capt. Swan's my. In announcing the signal success to the squadron dashing after them down the road, army, the General Commanding takes great plea- making a splendid race of two miles at a killing sure in expressing his admiration of the courage I pace. Having proceeded thus far, and near the
Court-House, the enemy seemed to have been re- his head, but the Federal dodging the cut, rode enforced, and made a stand on the road, and in past, and as he did so, discharged two revolver fields to the right and left of it. Thinking to loads at Latane, killing him instantly. The enflank them, and capture the whole force, Colonel emy rapidly giving way, our men shouted in triLee, of the First, proceeded round their position umph, and cut right and left, pistolling the foe to cut off retreat, but the movement occupying with frightful accuracy and havoc; and seeing longer time than desired, the second squadron of the Federal commander in pursuit of Adjutant the Ninth prepared to charge. And as they Rodins, (who was himself in pursuit of an enemy,) trotted toward the enemy, the Federal leader a private dashed after him and clove his skull in could be plainly seen and heard haranguing his twain. The battle between these rival squadrons, troops, urging and begging them to act like men, though of short duration, was fierce and sanguinand stand. His eloquence was of no avail, and ary in the extreme. Scattered in all directions, as the second squadron of the Ninth increased and apparently paralyzed by the relentless fury their pace, and came near to them with flashing of this corps, the enemy filed in every direction, sabres, the Federal officer gallopped toward them, leaving killed, wounded, horses, accoutrements, thinking his men would follow. Not so, how- ctc., in profusion upon the dusty roads. Success. ever, and as he wheeled his horse back again, ful pursuit being impossible, their camps were our men were upon him; he fell shot in the visited and destroyed; wagons on the road were head; his men gave a feeble volley with pistols, overtaken and burned, and the entire route from and scampered off the field in ludicrous style, Ashland, by Hanover Court - House and Old leaving killed and wounded behind, and many Church, to Station No. 22, (Tunstall's, we believe,) prisoners. Capturing outposts and pickets in on the York River Railroad, was naught else but great number, and overtaking wearied horsemen, a continuous scene of triumph and destruction. it was ascertained that the force engaged were Commissary and quartermaster's stores were squadrons of the Fifth United States regulars, seized and burned at every turn; prisoners and who had seen hard service in Texas and the In- horses were taken and sent to the rear, and by dian countries, and had never refused a charge the time of their arrival at the railway station, before. Their camps were reported to be adja- more than one million dollars' worth of Federal cent, and proceeding thither every thing was de property must have been captured and destroyed, stroyed and put to the torch.
besides scores of prisoners riding in the rear. From several captured in and about these Upon approaching the railroad, cars were camps it was ascertained that several regiments heard advancing, and the whistle sounded. By were waiting for our advance up the road, and orders every man was instantly dismounted and as their pickets were stronger and more numer-ranged beside the track. Again the whistle blew, ous than usual, it was deemed advisable to halt. and thinking the force to be a friendly one perThe second squadron of the Ninth were dis- haps, the steam was stopped, when the Caroline mounted and thrown to the front, (on the skirts troop, opening fire, disclosed the ruse, and, putof the wood, to the right and left of the road,) to ting on steam again, on sped the train towards act as skirmishers and defend the artillery, which the Chickahominy, and despite logs placed on was moved up and took position commanding a the track, made good its escape, but the carbridge in the hollow—the enemy's force and ours riages being but uncovered freight-trucks, and being screened from view by rising ground at having soldiers on them, the slaughter that eneither end of the road-our force being farther sued was frightful. Many of the enemy jurnped from the front than theirs. Appearing in consid- from the train, and were afterwards captured or erable force, the enemy advanced in admirable killed to the number of twenty or more. The order ; but, suddenly facing to the right about, engineer was shot dead by Lieut. Robinson. were quickly retreating, when the dismounted Still adding to their conquests at every step, a men poured a galling volley into them, emptying detachment was immediately sent to the White many saddles, and causing much confusion. Re- House, on the Pamunkey, and discovering four forming, they were a second time reënforced, and large transports moored there, and some hundred came on to the charge up the rise in gallant wagons or more, with teams, etc., in a wagonstyle. Burning to distinguish themselves, th yard, all these were instantly seized, to the great third squadron of the Ninth, (composed of the fright and astonishment of the Federals, and the Essex light dragoons, Capt. Latane, and Mercer torch immediately applied to all things combustiCounty cavalry, Lieut. Walker commanding, ble. One of the transports escaped and floated under command of Capt. Latane,) had received down the river. The contents of the other three orders to charge the advancing enemy, and put- were chiefly valuable commissary and quarterting spurs to their steeds, dashed gallantly along master's stores, vast quantities of army clothing, the road, the brave Latane fifteen paces in front. grain, fruits, and sutlers' stores. Tempting as "Cut and thrust,” shouted the Federal com- they were, all things were laid in ashes, the mander. “On to them, boys,” yelled Latane, horses led off and the prisoners secured. Thinkand the meeting squadrons dashed in full shocking that the enemy would send out an overtogether. The front of either column were un whelming force in pursuit, an unlikely route was horsed, and the fight became instantly hot and selected, and the whole command proceeded in bloody. Capt. Latane singled out the Federal triumph to New-Kent Court-House. New-Kent commander, and cut off the officer's hat close to Court-House being the rendezvous, the fourth
squadron of the Ninth, under command of Capt. segars were all consumed. Yankee products of Knight, (consisting of the Lunenburgh troops every description were appropriated without much and Lancaster cavalry,), having burned the ado, and with light hearts all quietly journeyed transports and wagons, joined the column on by a lonely road, near the main body of the eneits route thither. “ Hab we got Richmon' yet, my, and a little before dawn of Sunday were on boss?" asked a darkey in a corn-field, turning up Chickahominy's bank, ready to cross. his eyeballs in admiration of the Maryland Being far below all the bridges, and where deep cavalry;" " well, if we ain't, we soon shall, for water Hows, they knew not how or where to McClellan and our boys is sure to fotch hiin.” cross! Here was an awful situation for a gallant Others, however, proved keener-sighted than the band ! Directed to Blind Ford, it was fifteen feet negro: women ran to the wayside cottage-door ; deep! The enemy had blocked up all the main a tlash of triumph mantled their cheek; and, as roads, and had thousands scouring the country the eve kindles into a flame of admiration, tears eager to entrap or slaughter them—but two miles trickle down, and “God bless you, boys,” is all from McClellan's quarters, within sound of their they say. Now and then an old man is met by horse - pickets - and without means to cross ! the wayside, pensive and sad, but recognizing the Quietly taking precautions against all surprise, horsemen, he stops, looks astonished, and throws strict silence being enjoined upon the prisoners, up his hat for the “Maryland cavalry,” just ar- first one horseman plunged into the food and rived. Others wave handkerchiefs--'tis useless then another, at different points — all too deep; to deceive them, for a woman instinctively dis- no ford discoverable, no bridge ! The horses, it covers friends or foes at sight. “Our cavalry was thought, would follow each other and swim here!" exclaim they in wonder; and with hands the stream - it was tried, and the horses carried clasped upon their breast, mutely, but eloquent- away by the current! Breaking into small parly, gaze. * Take care, men, take care.
Heaven ties, the cavalrymen swam and re-swam the river bless you ; but take care—the enemy are every- with their horses, and when some fifty or more where.” Such is their gentle warning, given to had been landed, a strange but friendly voice the weary, dusty, chivalric column dashing whispered in the dark : "The old bridge is a few through the country in the enemy's rear. yards higher up it can be mended !" 'Twas
The advance-guard having reached New-Kent, found, and mended it could be! Quietly workand found an extensive sutler's establishment, ing, tree after tree was felled, earth, and twigs, some dismount and enter. Every description of and branches were carried and piled up on the goods that taste or fancy might require are found main props old logs were rolled and patched in profusion here. Clothes of all descriptions across the stream, yet after long and weary labor and qualities, cutlery, sabres, pistols, shoes, pre- the bridge was built, and the long and silent proserves, conserves, boots, stationery, wines, li- cession of cavalry, artillery, prisoners, and spoils quors, tobacco, segars, tea, coffee, sugar, tapioca, safely and quietly passed this frail, impromptu maccaroni, champagne, sherry, and burgundy in bridge, scarcely any sounds being heard but the great quantity ; in fine, all that men could buy rush of waters beneath. Once across and in the for money was there discovered, while round the swamp, all was industry and expedition. Artilstore lolled Federal soldiers, and the sleek, fat lery-axles sank low in the mire – ten Yankee proprietor eloquently holding forth upon McClel. horses were hitched to each piece, and as the lan's wonderful genius as a commander, and the first rays of morning crimsoned the tree-tops, the speedy subjugation of the rebels. Our wearied long line rapidly sought the shade of woods away horsemen called for refreshments, which the sut- from the Federal lines. Yet our troops had not ler handed to the “Maryland cavalry” (!) with proceeded far when the advance were halted. great alacrity; but when pay was demanded our Who comes there?" cried the Federal horsetroopers roared with laughter, told the proprietor men in the swamp. “Who goes there?" calls who they were, and much to his surprise and in- another, and quicker than thought our advancedignation, pronounced them all prisoners of war. guard (by order) dash away into the open ground; As the other troops arrived it was found that a the Federals fire half a dozen shots, and rush in magnificent Federal ambulance had been cap- pursuit. Into the thicket some half-dozen Fedetured on the route, containing many valuable ral horsemen dart after our men, and quicker medical stores. The vehicle and contents were than lightning are surrounded and prisoners ! burned when overtaken, the driver, good-looking, Once more within our lines, all went merry as well-dressed doctor, and companions, being ac- a marriage-bell. Quickly the dirty, weary band commodated with a mule each, and were at the sped along the Charles City road, dawn revealed moment to be found among nearly two hundred them to our pickets, and they entered our camps other nondescripts — sailors, teamsters, negroes, faint and famished, but the noblest band of sutlers, etc., etc., in the motley cavalcade at the heroes that ever bestrode a charger, or drew a rear. Helping themselves liberally to all the battle-blade for their birthright as freemen. store afforded, our troops remained at the sutler's “What, then, was the general result ?" asked till nearly midnight, (Friday,) when, being com- we of a wearied, dusty trooper, watering his jadparatively refreshed and all present, the head of cd and faithful animal by a roadside spring. the column was turned towards the Chickahomi- “ The result," answered he, proudly, but much ny and home. Champagne, we are told, flowed exhausted, “the result? We have been in the freely while anv remained; wines, liquors, and saddle from Thursday morning until Saturday
noon, never breaking rein or breaking fast. We falling upon a train of about one hundred wagons have whipped the enemy wherever he dared to on the way, which they burned, securing the appear, never opposing more than equal forces; horses and mules, and taking one hundred and we have burned two hundred wagons, laden with seventy-five prisoners. All this work was accomvaluable stores, sunk or fired three large trans- plished during Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, ports, captured three hundred horses and mules, Gen. Stuart returning to his headquarters about lots of side-arms, etc. ; brought in one hundred five o'clock yesterday morning. and seventy prisoners, four officers, and many
The fruits of this three days' exploit are one negroes; killed and wounded scores of the ene- hundred and seventy-five prisoners, between three my; pleased Stuart, and had one man killed – hundred and four hundred horses and mules, poor Capt. Latane! This is the result; and three three stand of colors, and the destruction of the million dollars cannot cover the Federal loss in enemy's stores, transports and wagons, valued at goods alone. As to myself,” said he, mounting between two hundred thousand and three hunand trotting away, “I wouldn't have missed the dred thousand dollars. We lost but one man in trip for one thousand dollars. History cannot the skirmishing, and that, we regret to say, was show such another exploit as this of Stuart's !" Capt. Latane, of the Essex troop. He spoke the truth, honestly and roughly, as a The prisoners, one hundred and seventy-five true soldier serving under an incomparable in number, arrived in the city yesterday afterleader. More words are not now needed; the noon, in charge of a cavalry escort, and were whole country is astonished and applauds ; Mc- confined in the prison corner of Twentieth and Clellan is disgraced ; Stuart and his troopers are Cary streets. now forever in history.
As we have before stated, the force comprising
the reconnoissance consisted of the First and RICHMOND “EXAMINER" ACCOUNT.
Second regiments of Virginia cavalry, General We have the pleasure this morning of chronic- Stuart; the Jeff Davis Legion, the cavalry of ling one of the most brilliant affairs of the war, the Cobb Legion, and three pieces of artillery, bold in its inception and most brilliant in its exe- These rendezvoused during Thursday at Ashland, cution. On Thursday, Gen. J. E. B. Stuart, with and started to the work on Friday morning. the First and Ninth regiments of Virginia cavalry, Captain Latane was killed in the skirmish near and the cavalry of Cobb's Legion, and three of Tunstall's station. He commanded a squadron Stuart's artillery, left our lines on a reconnois- of cavalry, and acted very gallantly. Five balls sance of the enemy. The artillery pieces were struck him in the body, and he fell from his horse drawn by twelve horses, and four spare horses to and died instantly. A number of the Yankees each. The force reached Hanover Court-House were killed and captured here, and several of our on Thursday, and soon after engaged near the men wounded slightly. When approached at Old Church two squadrons of the enemy's cav- close quarters, the Yankee cavalrymen tumbled alry, whom they dispersed by a charge, killing from their horses and took to the woods and and wounding about forty of them, and taking thickets, leaving their horses and equipments in a number prisoners. The force then proceeded our possession. The body of Capt. Latane was down to Putney's Landing, on the Pamunkey placed in an ambulance, with the wounded, and River, where three large steam transports were sent back over the route toward Ashland. lying, loaded with commissary and ordnance- The depot at Tunstall's was burned, and the stores for McClellan. These they captured and most valuable portable property secured. The burned with the stores, there being no means of train fired upon consisted of eight flats or gondoconveying them away.
las, filled with soldiers, and was coming from the This accomplished, the cavalry proceeded on direction of the White House towards Tunstall's. toward Tunstall's station, on the York River An attempt was made to turn the railroad Railroad When within a short distance, a train switch, so as to bring the train to the station, was heard coming down the road going in the di- but it was found to be locked. When the train rection of West-Point. The track was immedi- was first heard approaching, the cavalry was ately barricaded, and a portion of the cavalry some distance from the road, and had to ride very was dismounted, and drawn up to receive the hard to get up in time to obstruct the track and train with their volleys if it did not halt. In a few deliver a volley, which did great execution, tho moments the train came dashing along, loaded | Yankees falling from the cars by scores. The with soldiers. As soon as the engineer saw the cavalry kept in rapid motion in detached squads, position of affairs, he put on all steam, and the so as to prevent any information of their whereengine knocked the obstructions from the track, abouts from being conveyed to the main body when the long file of dismounted cavalry now open of the enemy. Halts were only made long enough ed upon the train a terrible fire that ran along to complete the work of destruction at the saits whole length. The engineer was shot dead rious points, and to pick up a few prisoners in at his post, others fell from the tops of the cars, their path. All round they could be seen skipand it was evident that inside the cars the slaugh- ping over the fields like frightened deer; but their ter was very great. The train, completely rid- capture was deemed hardly worth the danger a dled with bullets, kept on its way.
halt would incur. The cavalry, after this exploit, pushed around Thus our forces went for thirty miles down to in the rear of the Chickahominy to James River, Charles City Court-House. Returning before daylight on Saturday morning, they passed up in Fifty-fifth New-York, at the White House; and sight of the Federal gunboats.
Lieut. Charles B. Davis, Sixth United States At the Chickahominy, a bridge was construct- regular cavalry, Lieut. Wm. McLean, company ed across, and the cannon passed over, with the H, Fifth United States regular cavalry, and Asexception of one caisson, which was lost, the cav-sistant-Surgeon Adam Trau, Fifth United States alry swimming their horses.
regular cavalry, at Old Church, Hanover. There Considerable quantities of oranges, lemons, were about twenty regulars among the privates, pine-apples, raisins, and other delicacies, rare in the balance being members of the Forty-second this section, secured from the spoils captured New-York volunteers. The whole party, negroes from the enemy, were brought to this city yes- and all, had been drenched to the chin by the terday.
heavy rain that had just fallen, and, shivering Much praise is accorded Gen. Stuart by his with cold, their teeth chattered in chorus as their command for his bravery and coolness, he being names were being registered. the first to plunge his horse into the Chickahom- While the Yankees were being disposed of, an iny in regaining this side, remarking, as he did intelligent negro prisoner, named Selden, who beso : " There may be danger ahead, men, but I longs to Mr. Braxton Garlick, standing up in the will see. Follow me.”
wagon in which he had been brought to the city, We learn that McClellan's telegraph communi- entertained a large crowd of citizens with an accation with Fortress Monroe and Washington count of the state of things in the neighborhood was cut by the cavalry, about three miles this of Waterloo. His master, Mr. Garlick, is a refuside of the White House. The horses and mules gee at present in Richmond. His farm, in Wacaptured from the enemy arrived in the city yes- terloo, is situated on the Pamunkey, six miles terday. The mules are fine-looking animals, and above the White House. He left home on the will be quite an acquisition to the transporta- approach of the enemy, who, until dislodged on tion department. The prisoners taken were made Friday, have been in quiet possession of his premto swim the Chickahominy, or a portion of them. ises. We give Selden's account: His business
In their circuit round, the cavalry came upon was that of a weaver, but the Yankees on their and burned several small Yankee camps and five arrival, destroyed his loom and put him to work or six sutlers' stores, one of them filled with cof- in his master's corn and four-mill, where he was fee. The Federal property destroyed will cer- employed when taken by our cavalry. tainly amount to one million of dollars.
Mr. Cross, a negro named Moses, and himself The mer en were in the saddle forty-eight hours were running the mill
. The Yankees took all -men and horses being without food or sleep the flour the mill could turn out, and paid cash for that period.
for it. The Yankees had not injured anything Throughout the city yesterday, the “circuit- of Mr. Garlick's except the loom, but they had riding ” of the entire length of the enemy's lines treated Selden, individually, very badly: They by Gen. Stuart, was regarded as the most dash- took all his eggs and wrung all his chickens' ing and successful feat of the war. In the North, necks and eat them before his eyes, and would t will doubtless afford the papers an opportunity not give him a cent. All of his master's negroes of heralding “another great Union victory.' were at home. They were afraid to go with the They are welcome to all such, and as many more
Yankees. as they can gain.
Being interrogated as to the circumstance of Between four and five o'clock yesterday evening, his capture by our men, Selden said : the negroes, mules and Yankees captured by “ About an hour by sun Friday evening, Mr. Gen. Stuart, (an account of whose exploit will be clots, Moses and myself were at work in the found elsewhere,) were marched up Main street mill. The Yankees were just eating supper. inder an escort of cavalry. The Yankees, on Some of them were in their tents, and some were foot, marched first, between files of horsemen ; sitting about under the trees. Suddenly I heard the negroes came next, some on foot and others such å mighty hurrah out of doors that Ỉ thought in wagons; while the mules, to the number of heaven and earth had come together. Running two hundred, unbridled and of their own accord, to the door, I saw the Yankees running in every followed the procession in a drove. At the cor- | direction, and our men pursuing and catching ner of Eighteenth street, the Yankees and ne- them. One Yankee jumped into the Pamunkey groes were wheeled to the left, and conducted to and tried to swim across, but our men fired at the Libby prison, while the mules were sent to him and he sunk directly. This was the only stables in another direction.
firing done." On their arrival at the Libby prison there were found to be one hundred and forty-five Yankees and sixteen negroes. We give the names of the
WHITE HOCse, Va., June 14, 1862. officers, together with their rank and the place of One of the boldest and most astounding feats their capture. They were all taken on Friday, of the rebels in this war occurred on Friday the thirteenth instant; Capt. James Magrath, evening last, a short distance from this place. It company G, of the Forty-second New-York, and was another of those desperate efforts they have Lieut. John Price, of the Forty-second New-York, from time to time put forth to recover lost oppor: were captured at Tunstall's station, on the York tunity and atone for past defeats. The surprisal River Railroad; Lieut. H. B. Masters, of the of Banks by Jackson, though of a more formida