NP: November 11, 1864 The Bedford Inquirer: Co. K, 208th PA Settles In at the Siege of Petersburg, Early November 1864

October 5, 2020 November 1864

COMPANY K, 208TH REG[IMENT]. P[ENNSYLVANIA]. V[OLUNTEERS]., IN FRONT OF PETERSBURG, Va. Nov. 4, 1864. EDITOR INQUIRER: I humbly beg pardon for again trespassing upon your columns, but I wish to say that we have been much troubled of late by the reception of a number of McClellan electoral tickets, all of which have been either […]

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DIAGRAM: General Burnside’s Mine, July 30 (NP: Philadelphia Inquirer)

October 4, 2020 The Battle of the Crater

1 Source: “General Burnside’s Mine. Diagram of the Mine Exploded under the Rebel Fort before Petersburg, by Colonel Pleasants, Forty-eighth Pennsylvania Volunteers, July 30, 1864.” Philadelphia Inquirer. August 3, 1864, p. 1 col. 3-4 ↩

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MAP: Grant’s Operations on the James River: Scene of Engagement near Deep Bottom, July 27 (NP: Philadelphia Inquirer)

October 3, 2020 The First Battle of Deep Bottom

1 Source: “Grant’s Operations on the James River: Scene of Engagement near Deep Bottom, July 27.” Philadelphia Inquirer. July 30, 1864, p. 1 col. 2-4 ↩

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NP: August 1, 1864 Richmond Examiner: The War News, July 27-30, 1864

October 2, 2020 August 1864

THE WAR NEWS. In our last issue, without pretensing to superiour discernment, we stated that Grant was at last, about to do something.  It required neither a military genius nor a prophet to tell this. Let us see what this mighty operation was, and how Grant executed it. Having mined one of our most important […]

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NP: July 27, 1864 The Tioga County Agitator (Wellsboro, PA): The 45th PA at Petersburg, Early July 1864

October 1, 2020 July 1864

Letters from the Army. From the 45th Pennsylvania Regiment. CAMP NEAR PETERSBURG, Va., July 4th, 1864. Friend Cobb—Contrary to the general expectation of the army, and perhaps of the public, nothing exciting or of interest has transpired at the front to-day.  On the contrary, there is if anything, less firing than usual between the pickets.1 […]

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NP: June 28, 1864 Philadelphia Inquirer: Northern Generals on the James River, June 1864

September 30, 2020 June 1864

OUR GENERALS ON THE JAMES. A correspondent, writing from James River, gives the following sketch of a late scene on board a gunboat in that river:— Nine o’clock found [Army of the James commander] General [BENJAMIN] BUTLER, a portion of his staff, and your correspondent in the saddle en route for the Grey Mud [sic, […]

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NP: June 22, 1864 Petersburg Daily Express: Local Matters, June 20-21, 1864

September 29, 2020 June 1864

LOCAL MATTERS. —– [SOPO Editor’s Note: A portion of this article was not transcribed because it does not pertain to the Siege of Petersburg.] MORE PRISONERS BROUGHT IN—Ten prisoners, captured from Hancock’s Corps, by our cavalry, while attempting to cut the Petersburg and Weldon Railroad, yesterday afternoon [June 21, 1864]1, were brought in to the […]

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NP: November 4, 1864 The Bedford Inquirer: Co. E, 76th PA Casualties from July 6-August 16, 1864

September 28, 2020 November 1864

List of Casualties. In Co. “E,” 76th Reg[imen]t. P[ennsylvania].V[olunteers]. since the opening of the campaign 1864, in Virginia. AT CHESTER HEIGHTS, May 7.-Wounded.-Corp. Levi Agnew, forearm, severe; Chas. Caldwell, foot, severe; David Johnson, arm, severe, since dead; John Leader, shoulder, severe; Preston Miller, leg, flesh; Jacob Peterman, leg; John E. Lemon, missing. AT DRURYS BLUFFS, […]

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NP: August 1, 1864 Richmond Examiner: A Member of the 1st Rockbridge Artillery Defends Its Honor, July 27, 1864

September 25, 2020 August 1864

[SOPO Editor’s Note: This article was badly faded in places, but it is an important one.  In this letter to the Editor of the Examiner, Private Charles J. Armistead of the 1st Rockbridge Virginia Artillery lays out why his battery was captured on July 27, 1864 at the First Battle of Deep Bottom. I have done […]

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NP: June 29, 1864 The Tioga County Agitator (Wellsboro, PA): The 45th PA Moves on Petersburg, June 12-20, 1864

September 24, 2020 June 1864

From the 45th Pennsylvania Regiment. ___ CAMP IN THE FIELD, (Near Petersburg, Va.,) June 20, 1864. Friend Cobb:—The plans of our Generals and the consequent movements of our armies, not only puzzle and keep in painful suspense the public mind, but often bewilder and astonish the army itself.  The private soldier, and even all but […]

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