The War News — the enemy repulsed
at Petersburg — capture
of prisoners.--the Railroad
Again in our possession — Sheridan's
Early yesterday morning rumors of the most favorable sort were in circulation in regard to the situation of affairs on the Southside
, and every man at the street corners had some new piece of information to communicate to his neighbor.
The most noticeable report was to the effect that Beauregard
made an attack upon the enemy at 11 o'clock on the previous night, and them far away from the front of , capturing a thousand prisoners.--This was not confirmed by any information, official or otherwise, received as the day advanced for the following dispatch from Gen. Beauregard
, concerning the operations at , was considered good enough all parties.
June 16.--9-10 P. M.
--The enemy made two attacks on our fleet this afternoon.
They were repulsed . We captured about four hundred eleven commissioned . They belong to the 1st brigade of Corps.
All quiet at this moment .
The communication having been for the enemy, it was impossible to identify detailed account of the day's operations.
were, however, driven back from the road during the evening, and Time being again in our possession, the necessary repairs will soon be . Two miles of the track were destroyed, each side of Port Walthall June about sixteen miles from Richmond
It was reported yesterday that a fight took place on Thursday night below Drewry's Ford, resulting in the recapture of the Breastworks at Howlett's. This is considered by the following dispatch from Gen. Lee
to the President
, received last evening:
Headq'rs army of Northern Va.,
June 17, 1864.
At 11 o'clock last night we took the breast at Howlett's house.
Other portions of the same line were taken.
The battery at Hewitt
's is being re-established.
Five vessels have been sunk by the enemy Reach.
Ten steamers are within behind the monitors.
Some fighting has occurred near Petersburg
this morning, without result.
I have ordered that the railroad at Port Walthall Junction, destroyed by the enemy yesterday be repaired and reopened.
's Beach, where the Yankees
have sunk the vessels, is between Drewry's Bluff
and Cap. The object of this exploit is supposed to be to obstruct the river, to prevent the egress of some imaginary fleet of iron-clads.
The effect will be to bar the farther progress of the Yankee
fleet in this director.
Thursday's operations near Petersburg.
We received last night full particulars of the fighting on Thursday in the vicinity of Petersburg
The enemy opened on our field with heavy guns at an early hour in the marking, on the City Point
road, and were to with spirit.
This was kept for about an hour, neither side gaining any material advantage.
In the afternoon a assault was made upon Gen. Hoke
's where division occupied entrenchments which had been hastily thrown up Wednesday night, in a position facing nine to twelve inclusive.
The enemy gathers up to three lines of battle, and makes three charges, but were each time reported with heavy loss.
On our right, in the vicinity of Col. Avery
's farm, heavy firing continued during the portion of the day, but late in the afternoon it became quite severe, the enemy attempting to carry out works by assault.
This portion of the lines was occupied in the morning briefly by the militia.
The enemy having succeeded in moving two or three batteries in that direction, shelled our men furiously, but they gallantly stood their ground until our batteries could be placed in position to silence the enemy's fire, which was done effectually.
The following are the casualties in the militia: Killed — F. Thos. Elliott
and Nathan Hoag
Wounded--Major S. H. Archer
, commanding forces, slightly; Robert L. Watson
, Charles K. Elliott
, and John Mulley
, of Petersburg
, slightly; R. A. Spiers
, of Prince George, severely; Edward Simmons
, of Prince George, severely.
As soon as regular troops could be brought up and placed in position the militia were relieved, and Gen. Bushrod Johnson
's division occupied the breastworks, along with the Mouth (Ga.) Light Artillery and other batteries.
The work grew quite hot as the day advanced, the enemy having massed two divisions or more in our front.
Late in the afternoon a charge was made, but the enemy were most handsomely repulsed, chiefly by the 64th Georgia and Col. W. J. Clark
's North Carolina regiment, of General brigade.
In the last charge the enemy came within one hundred yards of our fortifications, but the fire was so terrific that they halted, broke, and retired in great confusion, seeking shelter in a ravine about one hundred yards distant. Here a large portion of a Yankee brigade, being exposed to an enfilading artillery fire from our guns, surrendered to the 64th Georgia regiment, Capt. Pritchard
The prisoners, who number over four hundred belonged to the 4th brigade, 1st division, Hancock
's 2d army corps.
They say, they were fearfully cut up, losing a great many officers and men Gen. Barlow
, of New York city, commanding division, was borne from the field, and supposed to be mortally wounded.
, of Albany
, a popular officer, was instantly killed.
They further state that Burnside
's and Hancock
's corps are operating immediately around Petersburg
, and that Baldy Smith
is at Bermuda Hundred
None of the officers captured were of higher rank than Lieutenant Colonel
Prisoners were constantly arriving at Petersburg
in squads up to a late hour Thursday night, and it was supposed that the aggregate number captured would reach seven hundred or more.
The number of our men captured by the enemy is estimated at one hundred and fifty. The terrific fire of cannon and musketry (says the Express
of yesterday) which startled our citizens last evening about 7½ o'clock, was caused by an effort on the part of the Confederates
to recapture battery No. 5, which was entirely successful, the enemy being driven at all points with the bayonet.
This is a most important position, as it commands the high hill at Friend
's farm, on the City Point
It was this position which the enemy charged and captured from us at a late hour Wednesday evening.
Among the causalities on Thursday were the following: Lieut. Col. Peyton Wise
, 46th Virginia regiment, seriously wounded; Capt. George D. Wise
, of Gen. Wise
's staff, wounded; Col. J. K. Payne
, 26th Virginia, killed, Lieut. Col. J. C. Councill
, same regiment, wounded; Capt. John Cargill Pegram
, of Gen. Matt
's staff, mortally wounded and since dead.
He was a son of Capt. Pegram
, of the C. S. Navy.--Lieut. N. M. Wyatt
, 24th North Carolina, seriously wounded.
We have heard of the following casualties in the 26th Virginia regiment, Wise
's brigade, on Wednesday, Col. Randolph Harrison
, severely, but not mortally; Adjutant Alexander
, in the arm, Capt. Fred. Carter
, of the Richmond Blues, in the groin, feared mortally.
Among the missing and supposed to be captured are Major Hood
, of Southampton
, Major Buttes
, of the Petersburg City
Battalion Captains Sturdivant
, and Poindexter
Monday afternoon the enemy's gunboats came up the Appomattox
and opened fire on Fort Clifton
They stood off out of sight at long range, and inflicted no damage whatever.
The fire of the gunboats was directed by a signal man, who flapped his flag industriously from the new observatory on Cobb's Bluff.
It is stated also that the enemy attempted Thursday morning, after the moon went down, to ascend Swift Creek
in barges, but the stealthy movements of the foe were discovered, and they were speedily driven back.
The late brilliant achievement of
We have received a more detailed account of the defeat of Sheridan
's forces by our cavalry under Generals Hampton
and Fitz Lee
, which not only confirms previous intelligence, but shows that the enemy were thoroughly beaten and demoralized.
As heretofore stated, skirmishing commenced on Saturday, the 11th instant, a few miles this side of Trevillian
's depot, on the Central Railroad; and while Hampton
engaged the enemy on the front, in the vicinity of the railroad, Fitz Lee
attacked them in the flank, this side of Louisiana Court House.
This was about 10 o'clock in the forenoon.
At noon the Yankees
succeeded in capturing our wagon train, several led horses and a number of prisoners; but their triumph was of brief duration, for Rosser
's brigade, which was posted on the Cordonsville road, being immediately ordered to the rescue, not only recaptured all the wagons, horses and prisoners, but captured two hundred and fifty of the enemy also.
On the same day, Gen. Fitz Lee
took one hundred and fifty prisoners and three pieces of artillery, and captured the headquarters of the Yankee Gen. Custar
Our troops, having thus gained signal advantages, rested quietly through the night, but the enemy being still in their front, breastworks were hastily thrown up, and other preparations made for a renewal of the struggle on the following day. Meanwhile, Generals Hampton
and Fitz Lee
united their divisions and calmly awaited an attack.
The fighting commenced about noon on Sunday.
The enemy, rendered desperate by their losses on the previous day, charged our breastworks three times, and were as often repulsed with heavy loss.
By nightfall the Yankees
were driven from the field, which remained in possession of our troops.
Being thus utterly discomfited, they concluded not to renew the contest, and about midnight commenced retreating in the direction of the Rapidan
, which stream, it is said, they succeeded in crossing.
They left their dead and wounded in our hands — among the latter two Lieutenant Colonels
In all, 517 prisoners were captured, who were subsequently sent to Charlottesville
; and the entire loss of the enemy is estimated at 1,500.
were much demoralized, and being without rations or forage, and their horses broken down, they could not be brought to face our men the third time.
Many of the horses were rendered useless, and on the retreat a large number of the men were dismounted.
's force consisted of Wilson
's and Gregg
's divisions, (six brigades,) numbering in all some ten thousand men, with several pieces of artillery.
Captured officers admit that it was their design to make a raid upon Gordonsville
, and destroy the public buildings and stores at those places, and form a junction with Crook
.--Thanks to the gallantry of Hampton
and his brave command, their nefarious purposes have been signally defeated.
A gentleman from Spotsylvania
states that on their retreat through that county, the raiders destroyed everything in their way, and carried along with them a considerable number of negroes.
To destroy and rob is the object of these expeditions, and the main design of this party having been thwarted, they probably sought revenge by the infliction of atrocities upon the defenceless inhabitants of Spotsylvania
A train arrived from Chester
last night about 8 o'clock, bringing a few of our wounded men. They state that heavy skirmishing was kept up during the day yesterday, about three miles from Chester
, between that place and the Appomattox river
, and that the enemy were driven back at all points.
We recaptured the fortifications which the enemy occupied after our men had been withdrawn to send to Petersburg
, and inflicted severe punishment upon them.
In some instances our men charged over the breastworks in pursuit of the fleeing Yankees
The casualties on our side are reported to have been very slight.
A gentleman who left New London, ten miles above Lynchburg
, at 6 o'clock on Thursday evening, says a sharp engagement was going on between the enemy and Imboden
's, and Jones
's cavalry, and it was reported yesterday morning that our men fell back after the engagement to secure the advantages of a more favorable position.
The same gentleman says that the enemy burnt the depot and public stores at Liberty.
The following letters give additional details of the situation about Lynchburg
[from our own Correspondent.]
Very little is known which is proper for publication.
The enemy in heavy force passed through Liberty, Bedford county
, yesterday morning, and have been moving cautiously in this direction.
It is thought by some that they will attempt to go on to Danville
instead of attacking this place, which may now be considered safe.
Should they attempt to get to Danville
I think they will be foiled.
All of the enemy are reported to have left the Amherst side of the James
The raiding party that burned Concord
made a circuit around Lynchburg
, being closely pursued by Imboden
's men, and a greater portion of them joined the main body near Liberty night before last.
They took off very few negroes, who manifested no desire to go away but got out their way. They had no time to injure or take off property of any other description while making the circuit.
Nothing was injured at Campbell
C. H., where they passed themselves off for Confederates, and were entertained by the citizens in a handsome manner.
The publication of newspapers here is discontinued for the present, and the editors and employees of those papers are in the trenches.
The enemy was reported near Forest depot this morning at sunrise.
For reasons, some of which are given below, it is almost impossible to obtain reliable and well authenticated intelligence of movements in this quarter, hence the inaccuracy of many of the statements which obtain circulation.
Citizens of entire reliability on other subjects have brought in most erroneous statements in regard to the movement of the enemy and their numbers since active operations commenced hereabouts.
Having been unaccustomed to the presence of the enemy they honestly believe what they report, having been deceived in some cases by others, but in most instances have deceived themselves, and in nine cases out of ten intelligence through such channels prove incorrect.
From headquarters we get no official information, as the present military head has thought proper to withhold all intelligence from the press.
With this explanation I will proceed to make some corrections of previous incorrect statements, and then give your readers a correct statement of what is known
to be correct.
Campbell Court house was not burned by the enemy, nor was any property destroyed by the raiders who passed that place while making the circuit around Lynchburg
The enemy seem to have concentrated their forces for the attack on this place in a Southwestern direction from the city, on the Forest Depot road and the Abingdon or Southwestern turnpike.
Their entire force is under Hunter
, which is estimated — from authentic information received — to be from 15,000 to 20,000 strong.
have not more than 4,000 cavalry, which composes the entire cavalry force now operating in this quarter.
They camped on Fancy Farm
, seven miles from Liberty, on Wednesday evening, and yesterday evening were reported to be within eight miles of this city, and were skirmishing with our men; which report I have the best reasons for believing correct.
It is also reported, on what is deemed reliable authority, that on yesterday morning they burned three considerable bridges on the Virginia and Tennessee Railroad, over the following creeks Little Otter
, Big Otter
, and Elk
It was apprehended on yesterday by some that they would not attack our position at this place at all, but would attempt by a flank movement to reach Danville
The developments of to-day, however, will decide this question.
A number of flagrant outrages were committed in Amherst
— some on the persons of females — the particulars of which are of too beastly a character to be recorded.
The burning of the Military Institute and other property at Lexington
is fully confirmed. --The residence of Ex-Gov. Letcher
was also fired by the vandals, who would not even let his wife save her clothes.
The residence of Gen. F. H. Smith
was saved by his daughter, who was in a state of health that would not justify her removal from her bed.
The very latest we have is a report that the enemy have advanced on the Charlemont
road from Liberty, and it is reported that they were crossing the James
at an early hour last night at Waugh's Ferry, which is 19 miles above this city.
We have another report that still another column of the enemy are advancing from above by the Mountain
road, which is next to the James
; but from other information received the correctness of such report is of a doubtful nature.
The citizens of Lynchburg
have responded to the call in the present emergency in the most energetic manner, and have exhibited their patriotism by turning out, and every man and boy who can shoulder a musket is now in the ranks prepared to defend to the last extremity that sacred spot called home.
Even the cripples volunteer their services, and in many instances fill positions which relieve men capable of bearing arms, thus adding another to the number of guns to be levelled at the invading foe.
All was quiet in Danville
The report that the Yankees
had appeared at Pittsylvania Court House was erroneous, and the whole statement regarding an advance upon Danville