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n below: From Gen. Lee--the enemy again repulsed. The following gratifying intelligence from Gen. Lee was received at the War Department yesterday: Spotsylvania C. H., Via Guiney's, May 11th. The Honorable Secretary of War: Gen. Grant's army is entrenched near this place, on both sides of the Brook road. --Frequent skirmishing occurred yesterday and to-day, each army endeavoring to discover the position of the other. To-day the enemy shelled our lines and made several assauprehension probably that the iron-clade which they say are at Richmond, would go down the river. The movement on the Southside as at first projected is thus abandoned. The enemy have fairly retreated; whether with the purpose of reinforcing Grant or not is not known. If the Confederate Government really had any iron-clade at Richmond now they would be useful. The Spears raid in rear of Petersburg — the Explosion of a Gunboat, &c. The noted Yankee marauder, Spears, had an exceed
ry was considered likely, the city was as quiet and free from excitement as a summer Sabbath. All classes of men, not already mustered into the militia, proceeded to arm and organize for defence, and met on the Capitol square; but the movement was not attended by any flurry or excitement. The printers and other attaches of the different newspaper offices, having been supplied with Minnie muskets and ammunition at the State Armory, organized as a company, electing Mr Edward C. Crump, of the Sentinel office, Captain, and Mr. John Pizzini, 1st Lieutenant. This company, the Fire Brigade, and the City Police, constituted the 1st regiment Virginia reserved forces. Both Houses assembled at the usual hour, and proceeded with the business before them respectively as coolly as though there had been in existence no such things as Grant, Beast Butler, or Yankee cavalry. There was no drunkenness or other disorder on the streets, and consequently no work cut out for police reporters.
ap was left open, troops sent to the rear of it, and everything prepared to meet him in front. It is not yet known whether the enemy is bagged. [another Dispatch.] Dalton, May 10. --The enemy cut the railroad below this point and Resaca, yesterday evening. Grigsby's brigade fought them, driving them for four miles, they making a stubborn resistance. The enemy's force is estimated at 10,000, composed of infantry, cavalry and artillery. Wheeler had a sharp engagement with their cavalry on the Cleveland road yesterday afternoon, driving them and capturing 90 prisoners, including Col. Lagrange, commanding brigade, and ten commissioned officers. The enemy moved last night in the direction of Resaca with a majority of their forces. Our troops are in fine spirits. The Yankees circulated handbills through their command yesterday, stating that Grant had routed Lee, and was marching on Richmond. The prospects are very bright, and no fears are felt for the result.
The Daily Dispatch: May 12, 1864., [Electronic resource], The Combined movement on Richmond — the enemy on the Southside — fight at Chester — the great cavalry raid, &c. (search)
muda Hundreds.--These men declare that the fighting at Port Walthall Junction Saturday was terrible, and that they suffered very severely. Gen Heckman's orderly was killed by his side, his horse was shot under him, and the fingers of one hand were shot off.--They say that Butler was in command, and Gillmore was on the field. The impression prevails throughout the army that Gen Beauregard was in command. Butler caused a telegram to be read to the troops early Saturday morning, stating that Grant had gained a great victory over Lee; had driven him twenty miles, and at last accounts was still driving him. This lying announcement was received with a great outburst of applause, of course. Speare's cavalry raid. The notorious Speare, who was so successfully driven back at Broadwater Bridge on Friday, by Sturdivant's battery and Col Ratcliffe's regiment, immediately turned his course towards the source if the Blackwater river, and crossed at a point several miles higher up, where