NP, VW 5/2A/1863

From the Vicksburg Whig
May 2, 1863
The Yankee Raid
   Grierson and his Yankee followers are still enjoying themselves by roving about through our State, feeding on all the "Good thins" stored by the wealthy for family use, and destroying Rail Road cars, bridges, &c., and occasionally cutting telegraph wires. This fellow Grierson is certainly a gallant chap, and his raid will compare favorable with anything yet recorded, even in the south, where so many more of the noble daring have been elated in the related prints. He starts from LaGrange, Tennessee, and moves down for some distance on the Mobile & Ohio Rail Road, when he strikes off in a Southwesterly direction and enters the little village of Newton, on the Southern {(of Mississippi)} Rail Road, where he burns a number of bridges, two Trains of cars, the Depot, tears up the Rail Road track, and cuts the telegraph wires, when he proceeds towards Enterprise, on the Mobile & Ohio Rail Road, and a very important point too, by the way. Here was the first obstacle he had come across, since his departure from Tennessee, and finding himself almost in a trap, demanded a surrender of the town, and when the usual circumlocution was being gone through he got the most of his men out of danger's way. Our forces (Infantry) started out in pursuit, but the enemy being mounted, of course, left our men far in the distance, and they were compelled, after a six mile tramp, to give up the chase. It was then ascertained that they were making for the New Orleans, Jackson & Great Northern Rail Road, and it was confidently expected that some steps would be taken to prevent them crossing the Pearl River, and destroying the numerous Bridges on this very important Rail Road. But no -- they were not interrupted nor intercepted, and crossed on the ferries and end up Monday, next day, at Hazlehurst, where a departing train was fired at and subsequently half of the town burned, the Rail road track torn up, Severn cars destroyed by fire and the telegraph cut. The reported near approach of a Cavalry expedition for their capture caused them to leave Hazlehurst rather precipitately, and started out West, no doubt hoping to reach their gunboats below Grand Gulf. A portion of Wirt Adams Command met them about Twenty miles from Fayette, when Grierson wheeled round again and made for the New Orleans, Jackson & Great Northern Rail Road farther South. They reached it at Bahala, and after burning this station, moved on down to Brookhaven and then to Bogue Chitto, both of which places they are reported to have destroyed, together with all the bridges on the route. At last accounts they were pushing forward toward Summit, apparently having a cart-blanche to go wherever they pleases. Where they will turn up next or what damage they will do us, Heaven only knows. We have for several days heard a good deal about expeditions that will "Gobble" them up, but thus far the expeditions have accomplished nothing, and it seems they will not until the Yankees have destroyed millions worth of property, and let the New Orleans, Jackson & Great Northern Rail Road useless to us for months. Mississippi's brow has remained untarnished until now. Her escutcheon was with out a blemish and her name the synonym of real courage and patriotism. But a stigma, a stain of reproach, has at last been placed upon her which we trust will soon be washed away. A Regiment of Yankees have peregrinated about our State from its extreme Northern boundary to its outermost southern Borders without meeting with a check, and committing all kinds of depredations with a perfect nonchalance and impunity. How long will they be permitted to go? How long before they are apprehended.