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f one division would be to no purpose, at 6.40 P. M. on the 17th telegraphed General Lee as follows: Petersburg, June 17th, 1864:6.40 P. M. General R. E. Lee, Clay's House On south side of James River. (also to Chester, Va.): The increasiollowing telegrams, to which is also added a letter of General Kershaw himself: 1. Headquarters, Drury's Bluff, June 17th, 1864:10 P. M. General G. T. Beauregard, Petersburg, Va.: General Kershaw's division, which will camp to-night on Remy, and endeavor to ascertain what has become of Grant's army. Inform General Hill. R. E. Lee. 5. clay's House, June 17th, 1864:4.30 P. M. Lieut.-Genl. A. P. Hill, Riddle's Shop, via Meaden Station: General Beauregard reports large numberr witness --to this. Not only were none of his forces at or around Petersburg on the night of the 15th, but as late as June 17th he did not believe that General Grant had left his front. He was endeavoring on that day to find out what had become o
ged their valor and attended to their needs. It will also be our object, in this chapter, again to direct the reader's attention to the location of the new Confederate lines, so successfully occupied by our troops on the eventful night of the 17th of June. Throughout the Confederate war no epoch was more trying to our troops in the field, or more clearly demonstrated their powers of endurance and their unconquerable spirit, than the Petersburg campaign. Reference is here made particularly t is, that they were held till the end of the war, at times by mere handfuls of jaded troops against vastly superior numbers, and without the necessity of building a second system of works on the more elevated grounds in the rear. If, on the 17th of June, as Mr. Davis has it, Lee had constructed a line in rear of the one first occupied, having such advantages as gave to our army much greater power to resist, Rise and Fall of the Confederate Government, vol. II., p. 638. it is evident that he
irst general commissioned by the Confederate Government, had been in command of only two divisions, numbering together less than 10,000 men of all arms; and from and after the arrival of General Lee at Petersburg (June 18th) he had held a subordinate position, very similar but really inferior to that of a corps commander, whose force generally consisted of three divisions of about 5000 men each. His army (so-called) occupied nearly all the new lines he had established on the night of the 17th of June, from the Appomattox to the old lines where these crossed the Jerusalem plank road. They measured a length of over two miles, and, although commanded by some of the enemy's works in front, had been made quite secure by artificial means. It is not to be wondered at that such a position had become irksome to General Beauregard. It was all the more so because a very important movement against Washington, through the Shenandoah Valley, had been set on foot and confided to an officer who
Respectfully, your obedient servant, Jno. M. Otey, A. A. G. Petersburg, June 17th, 1864:5 P. M. Genl. R. E. Lee, Chester, Va.: Prisoners just taken represenked into the city about 7.30 P. M., and went to Mrs. Paul's to supper. Friday, June 17th.—Arose about 7 A. M. and breakfasted. Rode to the headquarters of Generarals Hoke, Wise, and Bushrod Johnson, during that eventful Friday night, the 17th of June. During those three memorable days, in the capacity of your aid, I receivis point—you received a telegram couched in these terms: Drury's Bluff, Friday, June 17th: P. M. [Or, Saturday, June 18th: A. M.] Geul. Beauregard: Am not yet scal Inspector, C. S. A. To Genl. G. T. Beauregard. Telegram. clay's House, June 17th, 1864:1.45 P. M. Genl. G. T. Beauregard, Petersburg, Va.: Fifth Corps (Warated actively in battles of Wanbottom Church and Petersburg, on the 16th and 17th of June last. I respectfully recommend him for promotion at the earliest opportunit