Brave defence of the Cockade City.
Fight at Rives' Farm, in Prince Edward County, with the sufferings in the Northern prison of those who fell into the hands of the enemy.
Mr. John F. Glenn
delivered the following address before R. E. Lee
Camp, Confederate Veterans, on the 9th of June, 1906, and subsequently before A. P. Hill
Camp, Petersburg, Va.
, on the defence of Petersburg
in 1864, and is full of interest.
It is now printed from a revised copy furnished by the author.
In essaying to give an account of some personal recollections of the affair of the 9th of June, 1864, between the small force of militia and second-class reserves, under Colonel Fletcher H. Arthur
, and an overwhelming force of cavalry and artillery under the Federal General August V. Kautz
, at the Rives Farm
, in Prince George county
, and some reminiscences of prison life, it is foreign to my purpose to give anything more than a skeleton outline of conditions existing and leading up to the events of that day, which marked an epoch never to be forgotten in the annals of the city of Petersburg
To do more would be a work of supererogation, as the subject has been fully and exhaustively treated by Colonel Archer
, in an address delivered before the A. P. Hill
Camp of Confederate Veterans on the 6th of June, 1889, and published in Mr. George S. Bernard
's book of ‘War Talks of Confederate Veterans.’
To Mr. Bernard
's industrious researches I am also indebted for some extracts I have made use of from the published ‘Records of the Rebellion
When, on the 5th of May, 1864, the disturbing news was brought to the city of Petersburg
that a formidable army, with General Benjamin F. Butler
as its commander, had landed at City Point
and Bermuda Hundred
, within a few hours' easy march of the town, the greatest consternation prevailed.
The practically defenceless situation of the town, guarded, as it was, by a few hundred regular soldiers, and about the same number of untried and raw militia, was well calculated to excite the worst apprehensions.
The reputation and character of the Federal
general enhanced the universal feeling of alarm.