NP: June 14, 1864 Wisconsin Daily Patriot: Movement Against Richmond


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in June 1864

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

The News




Grant Again Changes his Base.


Fort Darling Again Invested.

The Second Wisconsin in Washington en route Home.



Morgan’s Command Divided and Demoralized.

Sherman’s Wounded Amount to 10,000 Men.




Philadelphia, June 13. — The Bulletin publishes the following:

The Washington Republican says an intelligent cavalry officer, who arrived there this morning, states that he left a point ten miles from the front on Sunday morning, and reports that firing was distinctly heard during Saturday night, in the direction of Bottom’s Bridge, which crosses the Chickahominy, about twelve miles east of Richmond, and seven miles north-east of the mouth of Four Mile Creek.

When the officer left he said a report had just reached that place that Gen. Hancock, after a desperate fight, had succeeded in dislodging the enemy, and carrying the bridge, at the point of the bayonet, and that he held it, and that the whole army had successfully crossed at that point.

Headquarters Army of the Potomac, June 11. — Both armies occupy their old position. About the right and centre there had been considerable skirmishing and cannonading.

No damage has been effected by either party. The men are well protected behind high and strong breastworks. Their soldiers and ours converse.

The rebels have a large gun mounted on a railroad truck. It throws a 6-inch shell, and is the subject of much mirth among our men.

Gen. Meade rode through this portion of his lines yesterday p. m.

The railroad has been torn up by our troops, and the rails from Dispatch Station to White House have been carried away.

[Special to the Times.]

Headquarters Army of the Potomac, June 11 — P. M. — The past few days have been quite uneventful to the Army of the Potomac.

Our lines are no nearer the enemy than they were at the close of the battle on Friday, more than a week ago.

The troops on both sides, each behind their entrenchments, have kept up a desultory but useless fire — just sufficient to make it apparent that their respective works were not vacant. Both armies, in fact, have been enjoying that repose which was needed after their hard fighting and rapid marching, during the three weeks’ campaign, from the banks of the Rapidan.

To-day, the silence is greater than before. The sound of a musket has scarcely been heard along the entire front. A few blasts of artillery, and a shell or two, thrown over the tops of the trees, have been the only reminders, this afternoon, of the enemy’s presence.

From present indications, it is not likely that there will be any fighting for several days to come; but a storm is brewing, and it may burst in a quarter least expected by the enemy.

It is not proper at this time to say precisely how Grant will attempt to discomfit the enemy.

[Herald’s Correspondence.]

Off Point of Rock, Appomattox River, Va., June 10. — At 8 a. m., on the 9th inst., the gunboats Commodore Perry and Gen. Putnam opened fire on the rebel Fort Clifton, near Petersburg, Virginia, which was readily answered by the gray-backs. The Commodore Perry lay up the right branch of the river, above Fort Waltzam, at a distance of between three and four miles from the rebel Fort, while the Gen. Putnam, being of lighter draught, ran up the left branch, within one and a half miles of the rebel works, and delivered her fire with such precision as to cause a partial abandonment of their works; but from a masked battery to the right of their main works, an incessant fire was kept up upon us till towards noon, when the fire from the gunboats having silenced the guns of the main fort, they directed their fire entirely at the interesting object on the right, which had been the source of great annoyance to us during our engagement with the main battery; but it was evident that the rebels did not relish our mode of doing business, and they retired. The firing from our side continued at intervals throughout the day. No damage was done to the gunboats. The engagement was a splendid affair, and reflects great credit on the officers and men of both vessels.

New York, June 14. — The World says it is now disclosed that the army under Grant has effected a change of base to the James river. All the movements of that army since the battle of Friday, the 3d, have aimed at this consummation, which was shadowed forth though not declared in the following dispatches. The raid of Sheridan, the destruction of railroads, the investment of Fort Darling, with a view of opening the James river for our gunboats, seem to indicate that every available force is to be employed in the next offensive movement.

[World’s Dispatch.]

Washington, June 13. — Several boats have arrived here from the White House to-day, leaving there last night. They bring no news proper for publication. But little skirmishing had occurred for a few days.

There was much anxiety here from Sheridan’s raid, which was to be a long and important one.

The city is filled with rumors to-day.

Fort Darling is again invested, and must soon surrender, thus allowing gunboats to pass up the James river further towards if not into Richmond.

The army mail came up to-day, and also the 2d Wisconsin regiment, whose term of service his expired.1

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  1. Wisconsin Daily Patriot, June 14, 1864


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