The War news.
Up to the time the train left Petersburg
yesterday afternoon nothing of especial interest had occurred on the lines during the day. There was an occasional discharge of artillery, and probably some exchange of shots between the sharpshooters, but nothing approximating a general engagement, or even an assault at any point.
Fewer shells than usual fell within the city limits yesterday, and but little damage was done.
seems to have adopted the expedient of sending out raiding parties, one of which, under Spear
, has already started, and, it is reported.
has succeeded in cutting the Petersburg and Weldon Railroad.
This expedition, it is said, was moving through Dinwiddie
yesterday morning, and inquiring for the road to Burkville
and the High Bridge
Hence it is inferred that a demonstration against the Danville
and a southside Railroads is in contemplation.
After the above was written a telegraphic dispatch was received, which will be found in another column, announcing that an engagements took place in the evening, in which the Yankees
were whipped, losing a large number of prisoners, with cannon and color.
The prisoners belonged to the crack corps of Gen. Hencook
This news furnishes a pleasant comment.
account published in Northern report of the 18th, received in this city, which with great inbilation the captured of Petersburg
, and gives the minutes details of the forces which performed this important exploit, On the strength of this news gold went down to 196 in the New York
We have nothing authentic respecting the Yankee
forces at Bottom, on the northside of James river
Their numbers are not known with any certainly, some posing it to be only a brigade, while others think there is a large force.
At all events, they are entrenching, with the evident design of spending the summer in that neighborhood.
The enemy have a pontoon bridge from this point to the south side of the river.
A Naval "engagement"
On Tuesday our iron clads dropped down the river a few miles below Challin's Bluff and opened upon the Yankee monitors at "Long Law." The enemy's fleet was not in and it is not known what damage was done Our fleet off without it injury so called engagement lasted from about past 13 till 7 o'clock P M.
A rumor Spoiled.
A rumor was started yesterday by some mischievous individual, and obtained general circulation, that the Departmental battalion, of the local defence corps, had been the enemy below the city and captured.
It was soon authoritatively announced that the rumor had no foundation in truth, and the friends of the battalion were measurably relieved.
Our information that the position of this command is such that its capture would be an impossibility.
Sheridan's raiders.--the engagement near the White House, Etc.
Our account of the engagement near the White House
, on Monday, published in yesterday's paper, was substantially correct.-- Sheridan
was not there, and the entire force or the enemy engaged was composed of intently, posted behind earthworks.
It appears that the original purpose of the discomfited raider was to keep on down the north bank of the Mattaponi
to Gloucester Point
, and there cross the river to York town but this programme was changed, it is supposed, by an order from Grant
, directed him to retrace his steps to the James
, Consequently, he crossed the Mattaponi
at Ferry, and is believed to have reached the White House
during the night of Monday.
On Tuesday morning, we learn, the enemy throw out a line of skirmishers, who commented upon Gen. Hampton
's command, when our troops made a charge and captured the whole, but now the surprising that they has-been thrown has a taint to cover the retreat of the main body, and engage the attention of our troops while Sheridan
Our reports that so far from going to West Point
, the enemy took a route leading towards James river
This might have been done by striking a road which runs south.
ward from a point near Tustall's Station, interesting the Williamsburg
road near New Kent. C. H. and thence proceeding south to the Forge Bridge
, on the Chickahominy
but whether they would be permitted to cross that stream without molestation is a problem which is yet unsolved.
At all events, it appears to be generally conceded that Sheridan
and his gang have made good their escape.
While this is a matter of regret; it is satisfactory to know that the purposes of the expedition have been signally defeated, with a loss to the enemy of fully fifteen hundred men. Hampton
kept up the pursuit with as much vigor as the condition of his men and horses would allow, while Sheridan
had the advantage of horses, stolen from the farmers along the line of his retreat.
Another account is that the enemy advanced on Tuesday morning, when our troops fell back to Tunstall
's, and took position on a hill, when they were reinforced, and charged the Yankees
, driving them back into the woods.
A number of prisoners arrived here yesterday, including several badly wounded, who were left on the field by their friends, showing that the retreat was some what precipitate.
The following is the substance of a memorandum found in the pocket of Sergeant Miles
, of Richmond
, one of our scants, who had been sent down to ascertain where Sheridan
was, and was killed by the Yankees
just below King William Court House.
Near King William C H. June 20th, 1864.
's column is now passing down from Aylett
's to the white House.--He crossed from King
's A portion of his column, supposed to be a division, kept on in the direction of Dudley
This is king and Queen
, opposite West Point
About fifty or sixty wagons went up from the White
yesterday with to must They are now returning back.
We learned last night at head according to the latest received, the House, and At a later hour that they were House in the direction of James river
It is a matter of conjecture as to what point they will endeavor to cross the Chickahominy
, though the Forge Bridge
will probably beamed at.
Escaped from the enemy.
Lieut. Commodore Childers
and Private Alexander Sledge
, of the Jeff Davis Legion
, who were captured by the Yankees
in the fight in Louisa county
, arrived in Richmond
yesterday, having effected their escape some seven miles below Aylett
's, on the King
They give some interesting statements in regard to the progress of Sheridan
's column through the country on the retreat.
had some three hundred of our men prisoners, including citizens and soldiers.
Their rations were exhausted, and the prisoners were suffering intensely, fainting on the road, and dying every day. It is, however, gratifying to know that the mortality among the Yankees
from this cause was very great.
To supply the deficiency of food they were stealing everything they could find in the shape of provisions on the route.
they were about to take from the hospital the supplies left there for the Confederate
and Federal wounded, but the Surgeon
in charge Informed them that their men should be the greatest sufferers by that operation whereupon they desisted.
Their wagons and ambulances were all filled with wounded, and they were pressing every vehicle into service that they found on the route for that purpose.
Our in formants state that the groans and shrieks of the wounded in camp at night were perfectly frightful.
have not the firmness to endure suffering in silence.
Their horses were constantly giving out, and as often as this occurred they were shot.
They had with them about a hundred runaway negroes, whom they had induced to leave their masters by telling them that they were going to take (steal) all the provisions, and they would starve if they remained behind.
These poor wretches probably saw the thing in a different light before they got to the end of their journey.--To give the devil his due, we will state that these escaped prisoners speak in high terms of Colonel Smith
's Provost Marshal
, who treated them and their companions with as much humanity as circumstances would allow.
One officer had been placed under arrest for brutality towards the prisoners.
The distance from Richmond
to the point at which they escaped is about forty miles, and they walked the whole route.
They express the opinion that Sheridan
is a used up man, and will not give the Confederates
any more annoyance for some time to come.
Passengers from Lynchburg
yesterday state that the utmost uncertainly prevails there as to the whereabouts of Hunter
and his command.
It is not known to the public whether they have gone towards Salem
, Fineastle, or Lexington
A report was prevalent last evening that they had made good their escape; but at all events the main object of the expedition was defeated.
[from our own correspondent.]
Rumors were as plentiful yesterday as battle field plunderers after an engagement, and owing to the rapid advance of our army in pursuit of the enemy it is extremely difficult to obtain definite and reliable information, though enough is known to give assurance that the vandals are being severely chastised for their audacity in coming to Lynchburg
, Our advance came up with their rear Sunday night and pursued them through the town of Liberty
, effecting a few captures, and it is reported, on what may be deemed reliable authority, that we engaged their rear guard at Fancy Farm
, six miles above Liberty, yesterday morning at an early hour.
We also have reports, coming through different channels, that in this fight the enemy were roughly handled, losing heavily in killed, wounded, and prisoners, and at last accounts we were still pressing the enemy hard.
This stand was doubtless made by them to cover their retreat and save their trains, &c., from capture.
Yesterday your correspondent passed over the field of demonstration against this city on Saturday, as the altair, though quite disastrous to the enemy, could not be dignified by the name of a battle.
Their line of battle extended some distance beyond Barksdale's house, which is on the Forest
road, and their right to the foot of Candler's Mountain, which is one mile southeast of the Salem turnpike
, forming nearly a straight line, being an average of about two and a hall miles from the suburbs of the city.--The heaviest demonstration was made on the Salem pike
, where some fifty or sixty of their dead still lie unburied.
They made a hospital of Major Hutter
's barn, where they left about one hundred very badly wounded, with two Surgeons and nurses to attend them.
On Sunday evening thirty five or forty prisoners were brought in, and small squads have been continually arriving since.
The bulk of their wounded, reported to be near 600, they took off, only leaving those whose condition would not admit of their being removed.
It is now definitely ascertained that they made preparations, and commenced their retrograde movement at noon Saturday, and that the last and heaviest demonstration was made in order to cover their designs.
A large majority of the dead were lying near trees, and were shot in the head, which illustrates the unerring aim of our sharpshooters, who did most of the execution; very few were killed with artillery. B.