Editor’s Note: This article was transcribed by Brett Schulte.
From Gen. Lee’s Army.
Richmond, June 14.
Our cavalry yesterday evening gave back some two miles above Riddle’s shop, towards Richmond, until strengthened by Wilcox and part of Mahone’s infantry; when the enemy’s forces consisting of two divisions of infantry, artillery and cavalry, were encountered and driven back some three or four miles below Riddle’s shop towards Long Bridge, thereby recovering the road to Malvern Hill, which the enemy at one time held. This move of the enemy was a mere feint, and last night they again withdrew from our front, and are reported to-day to be moving towards the James river, at Sherley, on both sides of the Chickahominy.
Some seventy more prisoners captured in the breastworks, and in the brush of yesterday evening, have been brought in. Grant’s exact whereabouts or intentions not ascertained.
Richmond, June 15.
Headquarters, June 14, 9 p. m.–The fire of the enemy, mentioned in last dispatch being on Long bridge road, disappeared during the night. It was probably to cover the movements of the main body, most of which as far as I can learn, crossed Chickahominy at Long bridge and below, and has reached James River at Westover and Wilcox’s landing. A portion of Grant’s army, upon leaving our front at Cold Harbor, is reported to have proceeded to the White House and embarked at that place. Everything is said to have been removed, the depot at the White House broken up, cars, engine, Railroad iron and bridge timber brought up to that point, also reshipped.
(Signed) R. E. Lee1
- “Telegraphic Reports of the Press Association.” Raleigh Confederate. June 16, 1864, p. 2 col. 6 ↩