NP: July 21, 1864 Richmond Examiner: The Hucksters

May 8, 2020 July 1864

THE HUCKSTERS. There is a subject of deep interest to the citizens of Richmond, which demands the attention of the Council.  The extortionate prices demanded for all kinds of vegetables and other supplies in the markets, are the subject of serious consideration.  How the middle and poor classes of citizens supply themselves with the necessaries […]

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NP: June 22, 1864 Philadelphia Inquirer: The James River Fleet, June 7, 1864

May 6, 2020 June 1864

THE JAMES RIVER FLEET. Where the Iron-clads are Located—The Removal of Torpedoes—Position of the Rebel Fleet—Condition of the Defenses on the James River. Correspondence of the Providence Journal. UNITED STATES STEAMER “ONONDAGA,” James River, Virginia, June 7 [1864].—The iron fleet is now at anchor in a bay-like expansion of the river called Trent’s Reach.  We […]

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LT: November 10, 1864 Henry F. Young (7th Wisconsin)

May 4, 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 […]

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NP: July 21, 1864 Richmond Examiner: The War News, July 17-20 Plus Early’s Maryland Raid

May 1, 2020 July 1864

THE WAR NEWS. There was no news yesterday [July 20, 1864) until late in the afternoon, when an official despatch was received at the War office announcing an important Confederate victory in Northern Virginia.  The following extract is as much of the despatch as it is deemed expedient to make publick at present: “A large […]

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NP: June 22, 1864 Philadelphia Inquirer: The Siege of Petersburg, June 17-20, 1864

April 29, 2020 June 1864

THE SIEGE OF PETERSBURG. Fighting up to Two O’clock Sunday Without Decisive Results—Our Troops Gaining Ground—Capture of Artillery—General Gillmore Relieved of his Command—Generals Grant, Butler and Admiral Lee in Consultation—Capture of a North Carolina Regiment— Loss of the Second and Fifth Corps—A Flag of Truce Refused. BERMUDA HUNDRED, June 19.—There was fighting in front of […]

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

April 27, 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 […]

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NP: July 21, 1864 Richmond Examiner: Rotten Tobacco

April 24, 2020 July 1864

To the Editor of the Examiner: I desire, through your paper, to call the attention of the authorities to the quality of the tobacco rations now being issued to the army.  It is absolutely rotten, and is what was called, before the war, “the negro tobacco.” We desire to know whose business it is to […]

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NP: June 21, 1864 Philadelphia Inquirer: From Gen. Butler’s Command, June 16-17

April 22, 2020 June 1864

FROM GEN. BUTLER’S COMMAND. Destruction of an Important Bridge and Four Miles of Railroad—Butler’s Forces in the Enemy’s Works—A Steamer Fired Into—Blockade of the James River. BERMUDA HUNDRED, June 18, via Baltimore, June 20.—In all twenty-one pieces of artillery have been captured from the enemy in our assaults upon the works at Petersburg [from June […]

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LT: November 5, 1864 Henry F. Young (7th Wisconsin)

April 20, 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 […]

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NP: July 20, 1864 Richmond Examiner: The War News, July 18-19

April 17, 2020 July 1864

THE WAR NEWS. Yesterday [July 19, 1864] was a quiet day.  There was no booming of cannon, no heavy masses of smoke on the southern horizon, and no exciting rumours from any quarter.  The fact that the flags of the Yankee shipping in James river were at half-mast on Monday [July 18, 1864] caused many […]

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