A correspondent of one the New York daily newspapers, writing a description of this battle from accounts obtained from wounded officers, who arrived in Washington on the 2d of August, 1864, says:
Two steamers arrived here yesterday from City Point.
They brought up a large number of candidates for medical and surgical attendance.
The wounds of the wounded are ghastly.
They were inflicted by the enemy in front of Petersburg, on Saturday, the 30th of July—a day that will be memord to General Thomas.
So many bullets struck him that his body whirled around like a top before it fell.
Lieutenant-General U. S. Grant, commanding the United States Army, in his report to General Halleck, under date of August 1, 1864, at City Point, Va., says:
The loss in the disaster of Saturday last foots up about 3,500, of whom 450 men were killed and 2,000 wounded.
It was the saddest affair I have witnessed in the war.
Such opportunity for carrying fortifications I have ne