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NP: June 14, 1864 Philadelphia Inquirer: Associated Press Accounts, June 11


No Change in Position—Skirmishing on the Right and Centre—The Men Well Protected By Breastworks—Sociability between Our Men and the Enemy—A Novel Gun—Visit of General Meade.

HEAD-QUARTERS ARMY OF THE POTOMAC, June 11.—Both armies occupy their old positions [at Cold Harbor].  About the right and centre considerable skirmishing and cannonading have occurred, but no damage has been effected by either side.  The men are well protected behind high and strong breastworks.  Their soldiers converse with ours in the most amicable manner, but, opinions being too freely exchanged, as well as sugar and tobacco, such familiarity has been stopped by special order.

The Rebels have a large gun mounted on a rail truck.  It throws a six-inch shell, and is the subject of much mirth amongst our men.1

General MEADE rode through this portion of the line yesterday afternoon [June 10, 1864].  His visit was entirely unexpected and unostentatious.

The railroad has been torn up by our troops from Despatch Station to White House, and the rails and ties have been carefully carried away.2,3

SOPO Editor’s Note: This article was transcribed by Jackie Martin.

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  1. SOPO Editor’s Note: Does anyone know which gun the Union troops are referring to here?  If you have details, please Contact Us.
  2. SOPO Editor’s Note: Grant had the railroad supplying his army torn up from White House landing on the York River to the front at Cold Harbor.  He was no longer going to need White House as a supply depot because he would soon cross the James River and supply himself via water, a much more secure connection to the North.
  3. “Associated Press Accounts.” Philadelphia Inquirer. June 14, 1864, p. 1 col. 2
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