NP: June 14, 1864 Milwaukee Sentinel: The News


in June 1864

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

The News.

The day dispatches of yesterday bring no news whatever from Grant. Conjecture, however, based on the intelligence previously received, is busy in ascribing another important movement to the force. The defenses of the Chickahominy have been found impregnable, and a new road to Richmond, on the south side of the James, it is assumed, will be attempted. Those who bear in mind the fact that Grant tried some four or five modes of getting into Vicksburg before he found the successful one, will not be discouraged by these repeated efforts. Grant’s tenacity of purpose is sure to win.

The forenoon dispatches of yesterday tell us about the expedition against Petersburg and why it failed. The “why,” according to this account, was a failure on the part of Gilmore to cooperate with Kautz, occasioned by Gilmore finding the rebel works too strong to warrant an attack. The account is evidently designed to censure Gilmore, but a more reliable account of the affair will probably put a different face upon it.

The intelligence of the capture of Fort Darling is not confirmed at the present moment of writing, and we do not much expect it will be immediately. This “joyful” news is usually got up by a green hand, and may be suspected from the start.

The news from Sherman is chiefly important, in representing the enemy as defeated in an attack on McPherson, and the latter as closing up, after five or six days fighting, on the right wing of our forces, making it ready to move forward again.

Morgan has been defeated badly by Burbridge, losing in killed and wounded about 1,000, being compelled to flee rapidly.

Late foreign news represents the Government as defeated in the House by a majority of ten. What question it was defeated on is not stated, but whatever it was it involves a change of the British Cabinet, a matter not without importance to us.

The early evening dispatches are remarkably barren of news of any importance. Not a single army item appears. The silence with reference to Fort Darling may be taken as tolerably conclusive that the “joyful” news was entirely to good to be true.

The dispatch from Madison reiterates, from Sergeant Atwell, the loss of the 36th in killed and wounded at 400. No details are given. We are quite certain an accurate report will reduce the number very much. Preparations are making at Madison for an appropriate reception of the gallant Second on its return to the State.

Gold closed at 97-7/8 per cent. premium, at the Second Board yesterday.1

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  1. Milwaukee Sentinel, June 14, 1864


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