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ly arrived, routed the Yankees, and drove them four miles with terrible slaughter. Rumor went so far as to assert also that Grant had sent a flag of truce to Gen. Beauregard, demanding a surrender of Petersburg, to which that officer declined to accede; that then Grant threatened to shell the city; to which Beauregard replied thatBeauregard replied that nobody understood the rules of war better than General Grant, and that they required twenty-four hours notice, in order that the women and children might find a place of safety; and, finally, that if Grant undertook the shelling without such notice, he would execute a Yankee prisoner for every non-combatant injured. These storiee few. The enemy's losses on the Southside thus far have been very heavy, while ours are comparatively light. Our informant states that he heard an estimate at Beauregard's headquarters on Saturday night that 1,000 would cover our total casualties in killed and wounded since the fighting commenced in front of Petersburg. While t
The Daily Dispatch: June 20, 1864., [Electronic resource], Yankee prisoners to have the Benefit of the shelling of Charleston. (search)
Bunker Hill Celebration. Last Friday, the 17th, being the anniversary of the battle of Bunker Hill, Hancock, who is a genuine descendant of the Pilgrim fathers, undertook to celebrate it in grand style by an assault upon our lines below Petersburg. Gen. Beauregard, who is understood to be one of the most courteous gentlemen in the world, resolved to give his visitors at least a suitable welcome, and having no doughnuts at hand, he substituted grapeshot and Minnie balls. Apparently, they thought this was carrying politeness rather too far. And so they left him, without thanking him for his hospitality, or even so much as taking their leave. About three hundred, who were unable to resist the kind solicitations of their host, remained behind, and a still greater number, overcome by the festivities, were unable to take themselves off.