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Southern Historical Society Papers, Volume 18. (ed. Reverend J. William Jones) 110 0 Browse Search
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Reams a station, on Thursday last, there has been no fighting on the lines in front of Petersburg. The enemy, however, commenced shelling the city heavily yesterday morning, and several houses were struck. It is in this barbarous practice that Grant finds solace for his grief over his late defeat; but the army that confronts him stands as firm as a rock, and Petersburg is as defiant as ever. In the enemy's several attempts to cut and hold the Weldon railroad he has lost not less than fi a low estimate, will reach six thousand. Thus it will be seen, that while the holding of this line of communication is somewhat annoying to us, it is exceedingly expensive amusement to the enemy. Again, in the early engagements before Petersburg Grant lost ten thousand men, according to the admission of war journals at the North. At the explosion of the mine, we have the same authority for stating that he sustained a ther loss of five thousand, which, added to the above, makes his aggreg
onal staff couriers and all mounted and dismounted men in reach, accompanied by Brander's battery, pushed to the spot indicated. A few Yankee cavalry were demonstrating, as if intending a rear attack, but a few shells from Brander's guns quickly put them to flight. I regret that I am unable to speak more intelligibly as to the precise parts borne by the cavalry in the fight, but it will suffice to say that they did their duty well, capturing near six hundred prisoners and materially assisting the infantry in the substantial work of the day. The Weldon railroad is now certainly destroyed for a distance of over ten miles, and the rails and sills have both been carried off — perhaps to rebuild the City Point road. The enemy are still believed to be in the vicinity of the fighting ground in position, and they still hold the road two miles below the city. Altogether, we have captured about ten thousand prisoners from Grant during his effort to take and hold this road. X.
Northern News. Mobile, August 28 --A special dispatch to the Advertiser, from Senatobia on the 27th, says the Chicago Times and Memphis papers of the 25th have been received. The Washington correspondent of the first-named paper says the siege of Petersburg is raised. Grant has sacrificed 30,000 men. A Baltimore dispatch says Early's force is estimated at 55,000 men. Adam Johnson is advancing in Tennessee with 1,200 men. A part of Murrier's troops were badly cut up below Fort Donelson. Arms are being clandestinely carried into Indiana for disloyalists. On the 23d, considerable excitement prevailed in Memphis on account of a report that Forrest, Dick Taylor and Loring were about to attack the city.--The populace were wild, and ran under the bluff.--The military took to the boats. Another report, that Taylor was planting batteries on the Arkansas shore, increased the confusion and the military burned out. The excitement prevailed for several hou
to the manner in which this information is to be obtained, we should suppose he is quite competent to decide. His worst enemies allow him at least common sense and a certain degree of judgment. Jacques and Gilmore pressed themselves upon his notice under very peculiar circumstances. They professed to be in possession of Lincoln's views, and to desire to communicate with him especially in reference to them. That they spoke the truth he was fully entitled to believe, from the letter of General Grant to General Lee, and from their reference to a letter in the handwriting of Lincoln, then in their possession. Had the President failed to use every effort to possess himself of Lincoln's views, most assuredly he would have been guilty of a flagrant breach of duty. The circumstances under which the application was made were somewhat peculiar. A great party has arisen at the North whose platform is peace. They threaten to dethrone Lincoln, who is still now, as he has been from the begi