NP, RD 3/5/1864

From the Richmond Dispatch
March 5, 1864
Meridian, March 4
   The work of repairing the railroads destroyed by the enemy is progressing rapidly. Three miles of track and three bridges were destroyed on the Southern {of Mississippi} road, ten miles of track on the Selma road {the Northeast & Southwest Alabama RR}, and thirty-five miles of track on the Mobile & Ohio road.
   Sherman burned a great deal of property here, and at Marion, Enterprise, Lockhart, and Lauderdale Stations {all on the Mobile & Ohio RR}. All the public buildings at this place were destroyed, and a number of private houses. The Barton House, Ragsdale House, and railroad depots were burned, as also the office of the Daily Clarion. The enemy pillaged every house, carrying off everything of any value.