The War News.
Yesterday passed off with unusual quiet, scarcely a rumor having disturbed the current of the public mind.
We give below such news as we were enabled to gather:
From the front.
It appears that all the reports of the fight at Riddle's Shop, on Monday, were incorrect, and that, instead of driving our troops, the Yankees
were finally themselves driven by our infantry several miles.
We still hold the Malvern Heights
, and Grant
is reported to have gone to Wesfever, full thirty miles from Richmond
by the road, in Charles City county
This is near the point to which McClellan
retreated after he was whipped away from the front of Richmond
The reports of the demoralization of the Federal
army are apparently well grounded, and it may be that he has sought this locality which, under the protection of the gunboats, he can recuperate his shattered strength, and get the courage of his men up to the fighting point; though the more probable supposition is that he design is crossing to the Southside
, somewhere in the vicinity of City Point
The following dispatch, received yesterday at the War Department from Gen. Lee
, officially confirms our account of the rout of Sheridan
's raiders by our cavalry under Gen. Hampton
Headq'rs Army Northern Va.
June 13, 1864--10 P. M.
Hon Secretary of War
A dispatch just received from Major Gen. Hampton
, states that he defeated the enemy's cavalry near Trevillian
's, with heavy loss, capturing five hundred prisoners, besides the wounded.
The enemy retreated in confusion, apparently, by the route he came, leaving his dead and wounded on the field.
At daylight this morning, it was discovered that the army of Gen. Grant
had left our front.
Our skirmishers were advanced between one and two miles, but failing to discover the enemy, were withdrawn.
A body of cavalry and some infantry, from long Bridge, advanced to Riddle
's shop and were driven back this evening nearly two miles, after some sharp skirmishing.
[from our own Correspondent]
Army of Northern Virginia,
June 14th 5 P. M.
The enemy are still moving, it is supposed for the purpose of crossing the James river
near City Point
The main body of their force is believed to be moving still on the north side of the Chickahominy
The force which they sent across the Chickahominy
yesterday at Long Bridge
, and which advanced up the Charles City
road about three miles above Riddle's Shop and the road leading to Malvern Hill
, until checked and driven back by Mahone
, consisted of two picked divisions of Yankee infantry from the 5th corps, a division of cavalry, and a battery of artillery.
This force came across merely to divert our attention, and with no purpose of seizing Malven Hill.
They quickly, and almost without resistance, gave back when our infantry came up, retiring some four or five miles, and as seen as night came on they began moving down the south sine of the Chickahominy
towards the James
In this fight we lost some eighty or ninety men. The loss of the enemy is unknown beyond some thirty prisoners we captured.
Their purpose is doubtless to cross to the Southside
, but at what point is as yet not exactly known to us. X.
From the Southside.
Nothing worthy of special note has recently occurred along our lines in Chesterfield county
There is apparently some movement going on among the Yankees
, but what it portends has not yet been definitely ascertained.
They have elevated their observatory on the Bermuda Hundred
Peninsula to the height of over one hundred feet, and it now towers above the highest trees in its vicinity.
It is situated on Cobb
's farm, and commands a complete view of the surrounding country.
A few days ago a piece of artillery was placed in a position to play upon this observatory, and, it is reported, succeeded in striking it once or twice, but before much damage could be done the enemy's batteries compelled a removal of the gun.
On Monday a body of the enemy's cavalry made a sudden dash on the City Point
road and captured two of our pickets.
's battery, being in position, opened upon them vigorously, emptying a few saddles and causing a hasty stampede.
Two Yankees tumbled off their horses from sheer fright, and were captured in a perfectly sound condition.
It was thought by some that this demonstration was a precursor of a more formidable movement against Petersburg
, but up to the date of our latest advices nothing of the sort had been developed.
Persons who arrived yesterday from Petersburg
, report all quiet in that city.
The movements around Lynchburg.
It was currently reported yesterday that a force of Yankee cavalry had struck the Southside Railroad at Concord Depot, thirteen miles this side of Lynchburg
, and torn up the track at that point.
This turned out to be true, but the damages were soon repaired.
An official dispatch received yesterday gives assurance that Lynchburg
will be well defended, and may now be regarded as safe.
An instance of heroism is mentioned in connection with the advance of the enemy upon Lynchburg
which is worthy of record.
An ammunition train left that place about 2 o'clock on Saturday afternoon last, by the Orange
road, and returned the same evening at 8 o'clock. When the train went down, a gentleman named Dowdy
, who had a hundred unarmed men with him, took the responsibility of seizing an equal number of muskets that were on the train, armed his men, and got off at Tye River Bridge, with the avowed purpose of defending it to the last extremity.
There is no confirmation of the report that this bridge was destroyed by the enemy.
[from our own Correspondent.]
Affairs are becoming decidedly interesting in this locality.
Yesterday evening, about 6 o'clock, a force of the enemy, numbers not stated, reached Arrington Depot, on the Orange and Alexandria railroad, in Nelson county
, twenty-four miles from this city, and burned the buildings at that place, and several small treatle bridges near by. About 300 of the party look the road leading from Arrington
to Bent Creek
, on James river
, twenty miles below this place.
The main body then kept up the advance in this direction, proceeding cautiously, and reached New Glasgow, on the Orange railroad, at 12 M to-day.
At 2 P M to-day they reached Amherst
C H, thirteen miles from here.
A scout just in reports their advance guards two miles this side of Amherst
, advancing in this direction.
No definite idea is given of their numbers, variously estimated at from 3,000 to 8,000.
Another column reached Lexington
yesterday evening and captured that place, and at last accounts were five miles this side of Lexington
, advancing in this direction.
Preparations have been made here to give them a warm reception, should they continue their advance on this city, and from present indications we shall have warm work in a very short time.
Our trains on the railroad yesterday evening, between this city and Charlottesville
, escaped capture, but it is ascertained that a small wagon train, containing medical stores, commissary stores, and some other articles, was captured and destroyed near Arrington Depot.
The loss, however, was trifling, as there were only some ten or twelve wagons in the train.
7 P. M.--Another scout just in. Enemy at MeKeever's--seven miles from the city and five miles from our entrenchments — and still advancing, cautiously. B.
The raiding party of the enemy crossed James river
Burned the Depot
and Commissary buildings at this place, and also a train of cars loaded with blacksmith tools and machinery, belonging to the Virginia and Tennessee Railroad Company.
No private property of any consequence was injured.
The railroad and telegraph damages are repaired.
The enemy left here at day break and went to Campbell
C. H., which was not burned up to 8 o'clock this morning, when their main body had left, professedly for Danville
This force is estimated at three hundred.
who was at the Court House
The enemy have numerous small raiding parties out in the vicinity of Lynchburg
, or a portion of his command, was near Buford's Depot, on the Virginia and Tennessee Railroad yesterday evening, and probably have tapped the road by this time.
it is believed the enemy will not attack our entrenchments at Lynchburg
until their reinforcements come up. Hunter
is reported advancing via Lexington