NP: June 23, 1864 Richmond Examiner: Telegraphic Reports, June 21-22

   

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Editor’s Note: This article was transcribed by Jackie Martin.

TELEGRAPHIC REPORTS OF THE PRESS ASSOCIATION.

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FROM PETERSBURG.

PETERSBURG, June 22-10, A. M.—Hancock’s Yankee corps yesterday made an attempt to strike the Weldon road, but after getting within half a mile of it, on Davis’ farm, two miles below the city, our artillery opened upon them, and at the same time our infantry came into action, driving the enemy back, capturing some dozen prisoners, and killing and wounding a number of the enemy.  Our loss is small.

The gallant Colonel Harris, of the Twelfth Mississippi, was severely wounded yesterday by a straggling shot.

Grant’s whole army is now in our front, on the south side of the Appomattox.

Nothing exciting is transpiring this morning.

(SECOND DESPATCH.)

PETERSBURG, June 22, 7, P. M.—Two brigades of our army attacked and flanked Hancock’s second army corps this evening, about two miles south of this place.  The fight began at two o’clock.  The enemy made considerable resistance, but were driven back fully two miles.  Our men captured sixteen hundred prisoners, including fifty-seven commissioned officers, four pieces of artillery, eight stand of colors and two lines of breastworks.  The enemy made an effort to recapture the breastworks, but were repulsed.  Another attack on the enemy at some point is now progressing, and is succeeding most admirably.  Our loss is very light.

The enemy have cut the Weldon road ten miles below here, but it will soon be repaired, it is supposed.

THIRD DESPATCH.

PETERSBURG, June 22.—The Yankee raiding party, after cutting the Weldon road at Reams’ station, proceeded towards Dinwiddie Court House for the purpose of cutting the Southside road at that point, and telegraphic communication has already been interrupted there.  The water tank and depot were burnt at Reams’, and one hundred and fifty yards of the track torn up, but it will be repaired to night.  A force of ours has been sent in pursuit.1

Source:

  1. “Telegraphic Reports of the Press Association.” Richmond Examiner. June 23, 1864, p. 2 col. 5

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