TELEGRAPHIC REPORTS OF THE PRESS ASSOCIATION
FROM GENERAL EARLY, &C.
PETERSBURG, July 28.—A telegram from General Early states that the Yankees have retreated across the Potomac at Williamsport, burning over seventy wagons and abandoning twelve caisons—Our forces held Martinsburg. The Yankees retreated in great disorder.1
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- SOPO Editor’s Note: This paragraph covers that little known period in the 1864 Valley Campaign between Early threatening Washington, DC and Phil Sheridan arriving in the Valley to end Early’s threat for good. Scott Patchan has a highly regarded book on this time frame entitled Shenandoah Summer: The 1864 Valley Campaign. ↩
- SOPO Editor’s Note: July 28, 1864 was the second day of the First Battle of Deep Bottom. The Union cavalry under generals Torbert and Gregg, two divisions of Sheridan’s Cavalry Corps, Army of the Potomac, were not quite to the Charles City Road, at least not in strength. They were along the Long Bridge Road, covering Second Corps commander Winfield Scott Hancock’s right flank. And on this day, July 28, 1864, those cavalry divisions would tangle with four Confederate brigades under division commander Kershaw in a seesaw affair. Click here to see a map of the area and the battle. ↩
- “Telegraphic Reports of the Press Association.” Richmond Examiner. July 29, 1864, p. 2 col. 5 ↩