NP: June 20, 1864 Philadelphia Inquirer: The Standing of Black Troops

March 18, 2020 June 1864

THE STANDING OF COLORED TROOPS. The Army Appropriation bill, which has just been adopted by Congress [on June 15, 1864], is interesting, because it disposes of the vexed question of the status of the colored troops1.  From the synopsis of the bill, which has been published, we draw the following conclusions: First.  That all colored […]

Read the full Siege of Petersburg article →

LT: October 6, 1864 Henry F. Young (7th Wisconsin)

March 16, 2020 Young Henry F.

SOPO Editor’s Note: Captain Henry F. Young of the 7th Wisconsin wrote twenty letters while at the Siege of Petersburg from June to December 1864. Researcher Roy Gustrowsky transcribed this letter from the original at the Wisconsin Historical Society in Madison, Wisconsin.  He is currently in the process of writing a regimental history of the […]

Read the full Siege of Petersburg article →

NP: June 14, 1864 Petersburg Daily Express: NC Papers on the First Battle of Petersburg, June 9

March 15, 2020 June 1864

PETERSBURG. The Raleigh [NC] Progress, of Saturday [June 11, 1864], says: The Yankees made a bold attempt to sack the “Cockade City” on Thursday [June 9, 1864], but the gallantry of the militia and the vigilance of General [Pierre G. T.] Beauregard, thwarted their plans and sent them howling back towards the James river. We […]

Read the full Siege of Petersburg article →

NP: July 18, 1864 Richmond Examiner: The War News, July 16-17

March 13, 2020 July 1864

THE WAR NEWS. As on previous days the invasion of Maryland was the subject mostly engaging publick attention and interest on Saturday and yesterday [July 16 and 17, 1864].  Saturday evening Washington papers were received announcing that our forces had withdrawn from before Washington and were presumed to be retreating into Virginia by way of […]

Read the full Siege of Petersburg article →

NP: June 20, 1864 Philadelphia Inquirer: Richmond’s Communications with the South

March 11, 2020 June 1864

RICHMOND COMMUNICATIONS WITH THE SOUTH. [Confederate President] JEFF[ERSON]. DAVIS’ means for supplying his army near Richmond, and for swift communication with his southern dominions, consist of three railroads and a canal.  The railroads are the Virginia Central, just broken up by [Cavalry Corps commander Philip] SHERIDAN, at Trevillian1; the Richmond and Petersburg, now cut off […]

Read the full Siege of Petersburg article →

NP: June 20, 1864 Philadelphia Inquirer: Richmond via Petersburg

March 11, 2020 June 1864

RICHMOND, VIA PETERSBURG. Down to 8 o’clock Saturday morning [June 18, 1864] the City of Petersburg was still held by the Rebels, although [Eighteenth Corps commander William F. “Baldy”] SMITH had captured the very strong works to the northeast on Wednesday [June 15, 1864], followed by the capture of other parts of their lines by […]

Read the full Siege of Petersburg article →

LT: September 27, 1864 Henry F. Young (7th Wisconsin)

March 9, 2020 Young Henry F.

SOPO Editor’s Note: Captain Henry F. Young of the 7th Wisconsin wrote twenty letters while at the Siege of Petersburg from June to December 1864. Researcher Roy Gustrowsky transcribed this letter from the original at the Wisconsin Historical Society in Madison, Wisconsin.  He is currently in the process of writing a regimental history of the […]

Read the full Siege of Petersburg article →

NP: June 14, 1864 Petersburg Daily Express: From the Army of Northern Virginia, June 11

March 8, 2020 June 1864

FROM THE ARMY OF NORTHERN VIRGINIA. —– [Correspondence of the Petersburg Express] ———- Line of Battle, Near Gaines’ Mill [Va.] June 11th, 1864. The weather is so extremely sultry and hot to day, exposed in the open field as we are, that one’s brains almost becomes addled; but a few clouds lowering here and there […]

Read the full Siege of Petersburg article →

NP: July 7, 1864 Richmond Examiner: Telegraphic Reports, July 6

March 7, 2020 July 1864

TELEGRAPHIC REPORTS OF THE PRESS ASSOCIATION. ____________ LATEST FROM THE UNITED STATES. PETERSBURG, July 6.—The Washington CHRONICLE of the 3d is received here; the following is a synopsis of its contents: A special from Kennesaw mountain, dated June 27th, says a severe attack was made this morning by selected portions of the Fourth, Second, and […]

Read the full Siege of Petersburg article →

NP: July 16, 1864 Richmond Examiner: Editorial: Union Cavalry Raids on Railroads

March 6, 2020 July 1864

The progress and present stage of the mighty Federal campaign of 1864 begins to be ludicrous.  Disinterested spectators far off must be deriving amusement from it, though probably thinking, the farce has been played long enough, and that a joke is a joke.  We Confederates can scarcely—-absurd as the performance is—find it in our hearts […]

Read the full Siege of Petersburg article →