Editor’s Note: This article was transcribed by Jackie Martin.
[Note: Sections of this article not pertaining to the Siege of Petersburg were removed.]
THE WAR NEWS.
Publick attention is now entirely engrossed with the mighty events now transpiring in Maryland. Grant and his puerile shelling of little Petersburg are little thought of. Accounts from our army of invasion, taken from the Washington CHRONICLE of last Sunday, the 10th instant, will be found in another column. From them it will be seen that last Saturday our army drove the enemy out of Frederick city, and afterwards beat them at Monocacy bridge, four miles southeast of that place. Frederick, a place of ten thousand inhabitants, is fifty miles from Baltimore, by the National road, and about the same distance by the Baltimore and Ohio railroad. As a military highway the National road has not its superior in the world. It is equal to the magnificent military roads of the Roman empire.
There were about the usual number of shells thrown into Petersburg by Grant on yesterday.—Otherwise there was nothing of consequence transpiring. The Petersburg papers report that there was some skirmishing on Tuesday morning, and also on the evening of that day, and state that on Monday night there was a great beating of drums and playing of horns in Grant’s camp. They also state that, apparently, Grant has withdrawn much of his infantry, and at the same time massed his artillery in front of our centre, and that his movements would indicate some designs on our right.
THE ENEMY MINING AT PETERSBURG.
We have it upon the best authority that Grant is at work attempting to mine our position in front of Petersburg. The infantry that the Petersburg editors miss from the front of our centre are no doubt busy under ground.
BURNSIDE—WHERE IS HE?
It has for some time been the general belief, but without any positive known fact to support it, that Burnside had gone to Washington. Persons from Alexandria reported that he and his corps went up the Potomac in transports the 30th June and 1st July, but they knew only what was the common rumour in Alexandria. A letter to the Washington CHRONICLE, dated July 3d, says that Warren and Burnside have each a battery of six thirty-two-pounders in position on their lines. This Yankee may be lying, but after a careful perusal of his letter we do not think he has the smartness to tell so simple and unvarnished a lie. If he had made a great fuss about what Burnside was going to do in the way of “brilliant movements,” which were to “astound the rebels” and the rest of the world, we should have suspected him at once; but what we have repeated is the only mention he makes of Burnside. We are, therefore, inclined to believe that this time the Yankee letterwriter is not lying, and that Burnside still musters his nigger troops in front of Petersburg.
A CAVALRY VICTORY IN PRINCE GEORGE.
The Yankee cavalry on Tuesday made an advance with the design of striking the Petersburg and Weldon road at Reams’ station; but, at 10 o’clock, A. M., General Fitz Lee met and defeated them near Lee’s mill, in Prince George, driving them back several miles and capturing thirty prisoners. About three o’clock the enemy again advanced, but were a second time driven back. The Petersburg papers say that in the last affair our only casualty was the wounding of one of our men. On the person of one of the Yankee prisoners captured in the first fight was found the Washington CHRONICLE, of the 10th, from which was made the extracts of Northern news to be found in another column.1
- “The War News.” Richmond Examiner. July 14, 1864, p. 1 col. 1 ↩