The War News — Grant Quiet — Another Reverse for Butler on the Southside — the battles in Louisiana, &c.
seems to be quietly (with the exception of same cavalry demonstrations) ting reinforcements before trying another attack on General Lee
There was no news of interest from the Army of Northern Virginia yesterday.
Engagement on the Southside — the enemy still Furthest back.
Intelligence from the Southside
is of an interesting character.
At an early hour yesterday morning our forces advanced on the army and succeeded at about 12 M. in carried by a charge their rifle pits, or outering along his whole front, and drove him ck a mile and a half.
At 5 P. M. the enemy, having been heavily reinforced, attempted to retake his lost position, and succeeded in regaining his pits in one or two places on the right of his line, but was afterwards driven back with considerable loss.
Our loss in wounded most of whom were to Petersburg
, is estimated at about Some fifty or sixty of them were brought to this city, among whom were the following officers Capt. Ellis
, of the 35th N. C. musket ball in the thigh, ranging upward towards the body, and Capt. Petty
, at the same regiment, Col. Johnson
, of the N. C.
, was also wounded, though not seriously Lieut. Mallen
, co D, 7th Va reg't, Kemper
's brigade, was shot through the abdomen.
The heaviest fighting occurred on our right.
The 35th and 49th N. C. and the 32d Va did the principal fighting on our left.
The following official dispatch relative to the fight, dated at headquarters on the field, was received at a late hour yesterday evening.
We have driven the enemy back about a mile along the whole extent of his front, and have captured some prisoners.
The raiders on the move again.
The raiders are again on the move.
From person who came down on the Fredericksburg
train from the Junction
, we learn that it was reported at that place that they were seen in the neighborhood of Hanover Court House yesterday morning.
Last night at 8 o'clock the telegraph wire was lapped at some point between this city and the junction, and it is supposed that they are at their work at some point on the Central Railroad.
The recent fight in Louisiana.
The following official dispatch was received at the War Department yesterday from Lieut. Gen. Kirby Smith
It gives the result of the battles heretofore reported in Louisiana
--I have the honor to report that the thirteenth army corps of Gen. Banks
's command was signally defeated three miles below Mansfield, La.
, on the afternoon of the 8th.
The nineteenth army corps coming to its support, was repulsed with loss and in disorder.
Reinforced by parts of the sixteenth and seventeenth corps, the enemy in force made a stand at Pleasant Hill
, a strong position, twenty miles below Mansfield
Our troops stacked with impetuosity on the afternoon of the 9th.
Night closed on a most sanguinary struggle, in which the enemy were worsted, and retreated under cover of the darkness, leaving their wounded on the field.
From the best information we can obtain Gen. Banks
's command numbered at least thirty-five thousand, of which twenty-eight thousand were engaged at Pleasant Hill
on the 9th.
Our cavalry pursued to Natchitoches
commanded on the field.
We captured twenty-eight pieces of artillery, over three thousand prisoners, and over two hundred wagons.
Our loss as severe — over two thousand killed and wounded--Gen. Monton
, Cols. Beard
, and Buchel
among the casualties.
Providers has given us a signal and glorious victory.
The end of the Southside cavalry raid.
The Petersburg Express
, of Thursday, gives the following account of the conclusion of the cavalry raid on the Danville
and Southside roads.
After being repulsed at Amelia Court-House
, they proceeded to Wilson
's, which they destroyed.
They then proceeded on up the road to Wellsville Depot, which they also burnt; from thence to Blacks and Whites, which they burnt.
From this station their purpose was to go up to the High Bridge
, via the Junction
, but learning at Blacks and Whites that a strong force was at the Bridge
, they turned off to the South
and took a very circuitous route to Trotter's Store
, in Brunswick
, and into the edge of Lunenburg
From Trotter's Store
they went to Lawrenceville
, where they found a quantity of county salt, all of which they emptied into the road and drove their wagons and teams through it. They also destroyed a considerable quantity of tithe corn, and a small quantity of bacon there belonging to the Government
They captured Lieut Carber
, the enrolling officer at that place.
They rushed into the town yelling like devils.--The people were greatly alarmed, but offered no resistance.
There was a good deal of depredation, but no burning of houses or other outrages on private property.
They reached Lawrenceville
Sunday evening, when the sun was about an hour high, staid there all night, and left about 7 o'clock Monday morning, taking the direct route to Belfield
After getting within seven miles of this place they turned off to the left at Spratley
's and went to Jarratt
's, having no doubt heard that Belfield
was an exceedingly dangerous place for them to visit.
We will here remark that these raiders told Mr. Derby
that they were not out on a fighting excursion.--that such was not their business, though if necessary they would engage in it. Their sale object, they said, I was to destroy railroads, &c., &c.
They reached Jarratt
's about 6 o'clock Monday evening in a great hurry, burnt the water tank, tore up the railroad for about a mile, and cut the telegraph wire.
They remained there but a short time, and then put off at full speed towards Freeman
's bridge, over Nottoway river
, in Sussex
, where they arrived about two hours before day Tuesday.
The bridge had been destroyed by our people, and the raiders crossed over on logs overlaid with fence rails.
They then made a circuit and struck the Jerusalem plank road, which they kept until they got within fourteen miles of Petersburg
, where they turned off to the right, and reached Mount Sinal Church Tuesday evening at 5 o'clock, where they halted.
They were fired on near the church by some of our cavalry, which greatly alarmed them.
They did not return the fire.
In the midst of the confusion into which they were thus thrown, Mr. Derby
effected his escape and made his way safely to Petersburg
, where he arrived at a late hour Tuesday night. He stated to us several interesting particulars in connection with the raiders, which are worthy of being included in the narrative which we have given.
Their rear-guard, he says, was suffering greatly for want of food.
As they started front Bermuda Hundreds with only three days rations, they had gotten quite hungry.
They were much fatigued Tuesday evening, and ate ashcakes or anything else they could get. They tore the Norfolk railroad up for 400 yards, about ten miles below Petersburg
, and bragged exceedingly of what they had done.--They said that it was the most successful land they had ever made, and that if they got back it would be a glorious affair.
has an accurate map of Dinwiddie
, in which every road is laid down, which he regularly reters to. He asked a great many questions about the county — how far it was to Stony creek
, &c. He appears to be a middle aged man. At Wilson's Depot
took off his hat and asked those present if they had ever seen a real live Yankee, and then, with a pompons air, said "If you have not, here is one," and his Adjutant immediately added, "What do you think of him?
Do you see any horns? "
acknowledged that they were repulsed at Chula
, and said that they lost a few men there, which caused them to change their course.
They got hold of an Express
and laughed heartily at its contents, saying that it was stuffed with rebel lies, &c.
was told by one of the raiders that Speare
was fired upon by our men at Chula
, fell from his horse, and lay on the ground some time feigning to be dead.
He finally crawled away and got back to his men.
The force of the raiders was composed of the 11th Penn
, 3d New York, and 1st District of Columbia, and the rear guard of part of the 11th Penn.
There were heavy rains all the way from Blacks and Whites to Mount Sinal Church, and the men were caked with mud from their heads to their heels.
says, to the credit of the commander of these raiders, that he saw several of them severely punished for damaging private property, which they were strictly prohibited from doing.
They were at liberty to steal horses and food, but nothing else.
D.) says that he was treated by them with entire kindness, and that many of them were of gentlemanly appearance and behavior.
They took no negroes away forcibly from their masters.
They carried off only such as voluntarily joined them, and many of these deluded creatures, after experiencing the fatigues and privation and toils of the journey for a day, stopped following the Yankees
and turned back towards their comfortable homes, which they had so foolishly left.
The Lexington Cadets.
We learn, in addition to the casualties already published in the Lexington Cadets
, that Cadet Randolph
has died of his wounds, and that Cadet Jefferson
was mortally wounded — making seven killed, instead of five.
All the other wounded are doing well, and are in fine spirits--twenty of them were able to return home.
The following are the casualties in Johnson
's battery, Lieut V. J. Clutter
commanding, in the battles of Spotsylvania
, up to the 15th instant.
Wounded; Lieut. V. J. Clutter
, of Richmond
, severely in foot; Privates Jonas Banheiser
, of Richmond
, in arm; L. R. Thomas
, mortally, in head; Jos. Covington
, of Middlesex
, in hip; Leonard Magor
, of Middlesex
, arm amputated; Corp'l Adams
, of Pittsylvania
, slight, in shoulder; Privates R. Brown
, do, do, in knee; Henry Inman
, do, do, in head.
The following is a list of the killed and wounded in the Huger
Battery, from Norfolk, Va.
Killed: Sergt Peed
Wounded: Privates C. Latimore
, W. A. Moore
, A. Parroit
, Thos B. Phillips
, arm off; Samuel Barnes
A Diary from Butler's Army.
The following are some extracts from a diary captured last Monday in the Drewry's Bluff
The name inscribed on it is Jno. L. Ripper
, Co E, 39th III. "Veteran Volunteers:"
Camp Grant, Va.,April 21--I commenced scratching in this new Diary.
Very cool day — have battalion drill.
May 6, 1864.--Gen. Gillmore
, Gen. Terry
, Gen. Ames
, and Gen. Foster
, are all here about 5 miles from Bermuda Hundreds.
Our regiment was thrown out to- day in front as skirmishers--Col. Main
on the right and Col. Osborn
on the left — the centre commanded by Major Linton
I was in charge of our men on the advance to Fort Darling
, and surely a more fatigued set of men never were seen than ours.
The day was very hot, and but little water to be found.
Several of our men got sun struck.
About 2 o'clock, came to a dead halt — a question arose, are we on the right road?
Several thought not. At 3 o'clock, Gen. Gillmore
, accompanied by Gen. Terry
and Staff, made a reconnaissance to the front, and soon found out that it was policy to halt — as Gen. Baldy Smith
was advancing on our left, and it was necessary for this part of the column to advance very slowly.
Butler's narrow escape.
At about 5 o'clock, Gen. Butler
and Staff rode through the different regiments, and were cheered with a long and continuous cheer Gen. Butler
advanced to the outpost, where I was stationed, and still forward he went, until he was fired upon by a party of guerillas, who had been concealed behind a church — some 200 yards beyond the outpost.
One of the General
's Orderlies was taken prisoner, after being severely wounded.
narrowly escaped capture.
We could have taken a very pleasant game of "Yucher
" (Yankee spelling) on the General
's coat tail, so straight did it stick out behind, as he fairly flew to the rear.
Our regiment now fell back, having been relieved by the 7th New Hampshire, and bivouacked for the night.
Find a great number of troops in our rear — camps or bivouacs in every direction — a great many eastern men, (real Yankees,) more in ract that from any other section.
I find that Gen. Gismore
is determined to "dig the rebs out of their holes, " as he has a fine lot of shove is, axes, and other implements for digging, and I think we will have a fine time of it, as we have the "Great Ditch Digger" with us, and of course the spades and shovels will have to fly.
May 7, 1864--Calm morning.
The regiment in front were at work all night, slashing the trenches; can't tell what to day will bring.
At 8 o'clock we moved out and relieved the 100th New York in the trenches, as the troops were at work all night, making formidable works to repel an assault.
We are about seven miles from Fort Darling
, and about the same distance from Petersburg
The day is sultry — in fact so much so, that it is really uncomfortable.
The 1st Conn
, battery is with us, and one or two others.
is flying around like as if he had a brick in his hat. A continued fire has been kept up on our left, and I bear this moment that Petersburg is taken.
Three o'clock P. M.--Hear some very heavy firing on the left — hear that the 18th army corps had a fight.
The 100th New York and 24th Massachusetts were in the skirmish, and the 100th New York gave way as usual.
The 9th Maine retrieved their lost character at Fort Wagner
We got rations this afternoon, having been out for two days. We have a hard time when out of rations.
May 8.--Went out in front on picket this morning.
Everything passes off beautifully so far. Three o'clock. We were relieved in the evening by the 10th Conn
, and we fell back within the limits of the breastworks.
Find that a great amount of work has been done within the last 24 hours, building forts, etc.
May 9.--Preparing for a march this morning Weather pleasant.
Sun rose shrouded in red.--Every appearance of a very hot day. The Third brigade has passed us; also Battery B, 4th U. S. Gens Gillmore
have gone to the front.
We advanced to within sight of Fort Darling
At 12 o'clock reached a high bluff, almost in sight of Richmond
Hear the roar of cannon all around.
It is supposed that the gunboats have advanced, or are advancing up the river, and shelling the rebels on the other side.
We have now advanced to the river, and are supposed to be below Fort Darling
Another fort has been constructed for the support of Darling
It seems to be a pretty strong place.
The 34th was now thrown out as skirmishers on the extreme right.
Advanced until we came to Dr. John Howlett
's house on the bluffs of the river.
Here would have been a good feast for the boys in the way of forage, but the officers took charge of the house and placed a guard around it, with instructions that they should not allow the fowls, &c, to be disturbed; but one officer ordered a private to knock over a chicken for him. The private made the attempt, but the guard stopped him, when the officer told the private not to mind them.
This was a pretty example for privates.
We have numerous instances of this kind in the army.
We were relieved this evening by the left wing and we fell back to the Half Way Church
, as it is called, in Chesterfield county, Va.
The 18th corps has surrounded Petersburg
— so it is said — and have them in such a way that they can't get in or out. I learn that our advance here is only a feint, to keep the rebels from getting to the rear of our forces at Petersburg
I have just learned that the Dr. Howlert house has turned out to be quite a treat to our Boys, as many valuable things were obtained.
May 10.--Heavy firing heard this morning in the direction of Petersburg Col. Howell
says that the rebs are advancing on us in force, but I now hear that they have been driven back.
Several of the boys are now brought in wounded, as we hear that the battle was pretty hot to the left of our division.
About noon a woman came up to where we were stationed and demanded that the General
should stop the firing as the balls were flying all around her house, and that it was dangerous to stay there.
This was fun for our boys, although anything else to the poor woman.