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NP: July 18, 1864 Richmond Examiner: Richmond City Intelligence, July 16-17


[SOPO Editor’s Note: Portions of this article not pertaining to the Siege of Petersburg were not transcribed here.]

IN THE CASTLE AGAIN—J. H. Head, livery man, is in Castle Thunder again, upon the old charge, that of engaging to put parties outside of the “rebellion” by putting them inside of the Yankee lines. It is now charged that he obtained fifteen hundred dollars from a female with that promise, and thereupon failed to fulfill his contract. Hence his exposure and arrest. He had an examination before Commissioner [S?]ands on Saturday [July 16, 1864] at 11 o’clock A. M., and stands committed.


GRANT SHELLED OUT.—A rumour was passing current in Richmond on Saturday evening and yesterday [June 16 and 17, 1864], said to have been hatched by a deserter, to the effect that “Useless” Grant had been killed by the explosion of one of his own shells.  We hope the rumour is unfounded; ‘Useless” Grant is too valuable a man to be lent to the Confederacy at this juncture.  The Devil knows when to claim his own.


WOODS ON FIRE—All day yesterday [July 17, 1864] great volumes of smoke continued to rise above the Southern horizon, in the direction of Petersburg, betokening a conflagration. During the afternoon it was ascertained that the smoke proceeded from the burning of the undergrowth of the woods in the vicinity of Chester. The extent of the conflagration was not known, nor the amount of damage done or threatened, but the area of the fire, as indicated by the smoke, seemed to be several miles in extent.


SENT SOUTH—On Saturday [July 16, 1864] six hundred Yankee prisoners, including twenty four commissioned officers, were forwarded Southward from the Libby prison.1

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  1. “City Intelligence.” Richmond Examiner. July 18, 1864, p. 1 col. 3
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