NP: June 14, 1864 Lowell Daily Citizen And News: Army News

   

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Editor’s Note: This article was transcribed by Ken Perdue.

ARMY NEWS. There is nothing later from the front this morning. We are obliged to content ourselves with the general assurance that everything is going on well. The report of yesterday about Fort Darling was doubtless highly imaginative, for we are told this morning that “all is quiet with General Butler.”

The following account of the Petersburg movement is from the New York World:

A council of war was held by General Butler last evening, at which it was determined to make a new movement in order to ascertain if the stories of deserters and others coming into our lines, were true. Generals Gillmore and Kautz were present, and after a brief conference, left for their respective commands. During the night pontoons were laid across the Appomattox river, near Point of Rocks, and about midnight the movement commenced. It was understood that Petersburg was almost defenceless, and that the garrison could be easily surprised. The plan as now revealed was for General Gillmore to enter the city by one of the turnpike roads, while General Kautz, with his cavalry, made an entrance by another at a different point. The object was not so much to hold the city as to destroy the immense depots of supplies which it contained. In order to cover the movement, the gunboats were ordered to open fire on Fort Clifton, while the batteries attacked the enemy’s lines in our immediate front.

After marching for about two miles, General Kautz turned to the left, and General Gillmore, with his command moved to the right. Both were to unite within the city of Petersburg. General Gillmore was soon met by a volley from the rebel lines, but pushed his column forward until within about two miles of Petersburg without encountering any very heavy force. When within sight of the city a reconnoissance was made, which revealed the fact that Beauregard had thrown up most formidable works for the defense of the city. A woman who had been met on the road stated that Beauregard was fully prepared for the assault, and that he had been warned of it, so that a surprise was considered impossible. General Gillmore, after consultation with his officers determined to return as he had come, without making any demonstration upon the works. He did so, and returned to camp about five o’clock in the evening.

Gen. Kautz succeeded better, and actually penetrated a short distance within the city limits. Finding that he was not supported and was in danger of being cut off, he retired, but succeeded in bringing off a large number of prisoners, and several small pieces of artillery. He did not have time to destroy the bridge as the rebels were rapidly gathering on his flanks.

LATER.

By the one o’clock train from Boston, this afternoon, we have the following from Secretary Stanton:—

War Department, Washington, June 13th — Midnight.— To Major General Dix: — We have dispatches from the Army of the Potomac as late as 8 o’clock this morning. The movement at that hour was in successful progress.

No reports to-day from Gen. Sherman.

The following dispatch from Gen. Burbridge, commanding in Kentucky, has been received here:

“I attacked Morgan at Cynthiana at daylight yesterday morning and after an hour’s hard fighting completely routed him, killing 300, wounding nearly as many and capturing nearly 400; besides re-capturing 100 of Gen. Hobson’s command and over 1000 horses. Our loss in killed and wounded was about 150. Morgan’s scattered forces are flying in all directions; they have thrown away their arms, are out of ammunition and are wholly demoralized.”

Dispatches from Gen. Butler at 9 o’clock this evening indicate no change in his command.

No further intelligence has been received from General Hunter.

E. M. STANTON, Sec’y of War.

New York, June 13. — The World says it is now disclosed that Gen. Grant has effected a change of base to the James River. All movements since the battle of Friday have been aimed at this consummation.

The raid of Sheridan, the destruction of railroads, and the investment of Fort Darling to open the James River for our gunboats, indicate that every available force is to be employed in the next offensive movement.

The World’s Washington dispatch says there is much anxiety at White House to hear from Gen. Sheridan’s raid. It was to be a long and important one.

Washington is excited with rumors that Fort Darling has been largely invested and must soon surrender.1

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  1. Lowell Daily Citizen and News, June 14, 1864

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