NP: June 10, 1864 Raleigh Confederate: General Lee’s Army, June 7, 6:30 P.M.

   

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Editor’s Note: This article was transcribed by Brett Schulte.

[From our Special Correspondent.]

GENERAL LEE’S ARMY,
June 7, 6:30 p.m.

About nine o’clock yesterday morning, Ewell’s corps, on the left of our lines, advanced to the front, in order to discover the position of the enemy. The corps advanced about two miles, driving the enemy’s skirmishers to their entrenchments, which were inapproachable on account of a swamp in front. A number of prisoners were captured.

About 3 p.m., Fields’ and one brigade of Pickett’s division, also advanced, but did not discover the enemy in any force. A night our troops returned to their original position.

Scouts in this morning, report no force of the enemy in front of our left, also that the enemy’s infantry have been re-crossing the Pamunkey. What could be the object of such a move I am at a loss to conjecture.

About 2 o’clock p.m., Ewell’s corps moved to the right and front. Early’s division drove back the Yankee skirmish line in front of our centre, capturing about 30 prisoners. At 6 p. m. all was comparatively quiet. The prisoners captured belong to the 9th (Burnside’s) corps. Hancock’s 2d corps, seems to be on our right.

The prisoners state that they are on short rations.

What the designs of the enemy are remains in doubt, unless indeed, it be merely to concentrate on our right. No movement further to the right is reported, not have I heard of any attempt to cross the Chickahominy below our right. Tomorrow will probably develope [sic] their movements.

Some days since, the Yankees opened on our right with mortar shell, thrown probably from howitzers. Although they have rather an unceremonious way of just “dropping in,” I have heard of no casualties from them.

Gen. Ewell has not yet returned to duty. Gen. Early still remains in command of his corps.

The enemy seem only to be in strong force in front of our right, and even there they do not seem disposed to press us or be troublesome. All has been very quiet on the right for the past two days.          SOLDAT.1

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  1. “General Lee’s Army, June 7, 6:30 p.m.” Raleigh Confederate. June 10, 1864, p. 2 col. 4

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