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Headq'rs Army Northern Va, June 28, 1864. Hon. Secretary of War:Sir: The enemy has been engaged to-day apparently in strengthening his lines in front of Petersburg, advancing them at some points. His cavalry, after being repulsed at Staunton river bridge, on the afternoon of the 26th, retired in the direction of Christiansville, where they encamped that night. The next, morning they continued their march cowards Lawrenceville, by way of Burnsville, and a part of them encamped last nig They appear to be making their way back to the main body of the army. Very respectfully, etc., R. E. Lee, General. Christiansville, mentioned in the foregoing dispatch, is in Mecklenburg county, about twenty miles southeast of Staunton river bridge. From Christiansville a road leads due east to Lawrenceville, in Bruns wick county. That the yankees were on their way back to the main body of their army, as surmised by Gen. Lee, seems very probable. In the passage of the enem
the War news — rout of the Yankee raiders — Gen Ler's official Dispatch — reported capture of an entire brigade, &c. The following dispatch from Gen. Lee was received at the War Department yesterday morning: Headq'rs Army Northern Va.,June 29, 1864--8:30 P M. Secretary of War:Sir: General Hampton reports that he attacked the enemy's cavalry, yesterday afternoon, on their return from Staunton river bridge, this side of Sappony Church, and drove them beyond that point. The fight continued during the night, and at day light this morning, he turned their and routed them. When they reached Ream's Station they were confronted by a portion of Mahone's division, who attacked them in front, while their left flank was turned by Gen. Fitz Lee's cavalry. The enemy was completely routed, and several pieces of artillery, with a number of prisoners, wagons, ambulances, etc., captured. The cavalry are in pursuit. R. E. General. It appears tha<
d. As they lay stretched out in the grounds surrounding the Yankee hospital they presented a truly wretched appearance. Several of them had been wounded ever since Thursday and Saturday of last week, in the fights near Nottoway C. H. and at Staunton river bridge. Fourteen of the Yankee raiders, among them several officers, came in from the woods in Dinwiddie on Thursday, under a flag of truce, and delivered themselves up to our pickets. They knew that their capture was inevitable, but ond last evening. He endeavored to avoid the raiders by secreting himself in the woods, but a negro guided them to his place of concealment, when they not only captured him, but broke open and rifled his trunks. He was present at the fight at Staunton river bridge, and represents that the Yankees, expecting to have an easy thing of it, (having been told that the bridge was defended by militia only,) thought for a time that they were successful, but soon found out their mistake, and hurried away
d 60,000 rounds of ammunition. Two additional pieces of cannon have been found in the Nottoway river, making fifteen captured in all, which prisoners say is the sum total taken out by the enemy on the raid. It is stated, on the authority of a Confederate officer, that fully 3,000 horses fell into the hands of our troops. Among our officers who fell at Sappony Church were Captain Winfree, of the Petersburg cavalry, and Major Birchett, of the Prince George cavalry. The fight at Staunton river bridge. This engagement was fought, on our part, entirely by the militia reserves and convalescents from the hospitals at Lynchburg. The enemy left forty-two dead on the field, and many bodies have been found since the fight on the land adjacent. A heap of human bones were found in the ruins of Staunton Depot, on the Richmond and Danville Railroad, about a mile from the bridge. This building was burnt by the enemy, and it is believed that a large number of their dead, as well as b
The Daily Dispatch: July 7, 1864., [Electronic resource], Gen Pillow's attack on Lafayette, Ga (search)
The militia. The steady and gallant conduct of the militia of Virginia on every occasion in which their services have been demanded, is one of the most noticeable features of this contest, and is an element of defensive strength which cannot be overrated. The militia of Petersburg, of Richmond, of Lynchburg, of the Staunton river, of the Valley, have fought like veterans, and have actually beaten superior numbers of regular troops. In but one battle, that in the Valley, have they been defeated, and that was not their fault. All accounts concur that they fought bravely to the last in that unfortunate fight. We have always regarded the sneers at the militia as undeserved, and the use of the slang term "melish" is ridiculous in the extreme. They are now a disciplined as well as heroic body of men. When it is necessary to call them into the field, and they are commanded by good officers, they will prove themselves equal to any troops in the service.
to Keysville and there bivouacked. The work of destruction was resumed early on the 25th and by 8 P M we had reached the vicinity of Staunton Bridge, on the Staunton river, having completely destroyed every foot of railroad to that point. The distance from Burkesville, measured on the map, is about thirty-five miles, and adding but the work of a few minutes for a regiment to perform its part, and the whole was accomplished nearly as fast as the column could move. The Repulse at Staunton river The force arrived in the vicinity of Staunton bridge on the afternoon of the 25th. It was, of course, desirable to destroy the bridge, which was a very imkirmishing, lasting but a very short time, and attended with few if any casualties. They come to Grief at Reams's Station--their Losses. Upon leaving Staunton river they went on to Creek bridge, intending there to cross and return to Grant's army. They crossed, but found more rebels than they expected. The writer says:
The Negroes whose names are given below were recaptured from the Yankees in their late raid on the Danville railroad. Their owners can obtain them by applying to Captain. R. H. Fitz Hugh, C. S. Engineer, at the Staunton River Bridge, on that railroad. L. A. Dade, Lieutenant Engineers. List of Negroes Recaptured from the Yankee Raiders, and turned over to Captain R. H. Fitzhugh, at Staunton river Bridge: Name of Owner Name of Negro. Where From. Dr. And'w Field, Amos, Greenville co, Va Edward Wyatt, Davy, Greenville co, Va Wm. Wyatt, Cyru, Greenville co, Va, Miss. S. Atkins, Billy, Sussex co Va G. W. Payham, Arthur, Sussex co Va Dr. Henry Hunt, Adam, Sussex co Va Jacob Vanmeter, Jim Smith, Hardy co, Va Capt. B. Hudgins, Carter, Dinwiddie co, Va Patrick Lewis, Dick, Dinwiddie co, Va Robt. Sydnor, Alick, Dinwiddie co, Va Mrs. Pull Cox, Erasmus, Brunswick, Va Wilkins Spencer, John, Bru
nce. Sherman will, we think, meet with opposition he does not calculate upon before he reaches the fortifications of Macon. These works, should he ever reach them, he will find of the most formidable character, and with the troops that before that time will be collected in them, they must give him a vast deal more trouble than he evidently counts upon. If the Georgians will battle for their trenches as the Petersburg militia did last June for theirs, or the Richmond militia did at Staunton river bridge, later in the summer, Macon will be saved. In undertaking this expedition, Sherman is too prudent a man to rely upon subsisting his army on the country. It becomes interesting and important to consider what point he calculates upon making his base of supplies. His destruction of the railroad northwest of Atlanta proves that he has cut loose from the Chattanooga base. He must, then, be looking to some point on the Atlantic or the Gulf. We are disposed, for several reasons
The railroad bridge across Staunton river is nearly completed. It is a most substantial structure, and as durable as the one destroyed by the army.
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