TELEGRAPHIC REPORTS OF THE PRESS ASSOCIATION.
PETERSBURG, July 20.—There is no change in the situation, and no indication of any immediate hostilities on the part of Grant.
The weather is warm and sultry. There was a heavy rain yesterday [July 19, 1864], which refreshed everything.
The report of Grant’s death is contradicted by deserters who entered our lines yesterday [July 19, 1864].
There is the usual skirmishing and cannonading.
ATLANTA, July 20.—Reynolds’ brigade [Reynolds/Walthall/Stewart/Aot] attacked the enemy’s line of skirmishers last evening [July 19, 1864] at Peach Tree creek, and took possession of their intrenchments. He then charged the reserve pickets, supported by Dilworth’s corps, and captured one hundred and fifty prisoners.1
The Eightieth Illinois regiment lost in killed and wounded alone one hundred, while that of the Fiftieth Ohio was severe.2
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- SOPO Editor’s Note: I am not remotely an expert on the Atlanta Campaign, but I believe this fight to be a skirmish the day before the July 20, 1864 Battle of Peachtree Creek. The 80th Illinois was at that battle, but the 50th Ohio, based on orders of battle, was not. As so often happened on both sides, the Press Association probably got the number of the Ohio regiment wrong. If you can shed light on this situation, please leave a comment below or Contact Us. ↩
- “Telegraphic Reports of the Press Association.” Richmond Examiner. July 21, 1864, p. 2 col. 6 ↩