Editor’s Note: This article was transcribed by Jackie Martin.
TELEGRAPHIC REPORTS OF THE PRESS ASSOCIATION.
PETERSBURG July 3.—It is reported to-day that the enemy is abandoning our right, south of Petersburg, and moving to the north side of the Appomattox, towards Bermuda Hundred!—This, however, is not true. The enemy have retired some mile or so on our front, on the right, but have not left, though there is some move on hand, as immense clouds of dust in this direction all day have indicated. Scouts reports great stir in the Yankee camps.
Prisoners recently captured, say that the Nineteenth corps, numbering thirty thousand, has recently reinforced Grant.
It is not true that Mahone lost any Floridians or Alabamians in the fight at Reams’ station, or indeed any prisoners.
There is nothing doing to-day beyond occasional shelling by the enemy.
Yankee papers of the 29th admit a reverse to Sherman, and a loss of 8,000 in McPherson’s and 500 another corps.
PETERSBURG, July 4, 7 P. M.—The enemy is still in front at all points of the old lines, though doubtless some of their forces have been sent away, probably to the north side of the Appomattox, James river, or to Washington city.
At every point on the enemy’s lines huge flags have been displayed to-day, and their bands are incessantly playing.
There has been less than the usual amount of shelling and some picket firing to-day.1
- “Telegraphic Reports of the Press Association.” Richmond Examiner. July 5, 1864, p. 1 col. 6 ↩