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NP: June 17, 1864 Macon Telegraph: Telegraphic Reports

Editor’s Note: This article was transcribed by Ken Perdue.



Reports of the Press Association.

Entered according to act of Congress in the year 1863 by J. S. THRASHER, in the Clerk’s office of the District Court of the Confederate States, for the Northern District of Georgia.


ARMY OF NORTHERN VIRGINIA, NEAR RIDDLE’S SHOP, via RICHMOND, 16. — Grant’s whereabouts and intentions are still undetermined.

A body of his cavalry attacked Garey’s cavalry, of our camp, this morning, near Malvern Hill, and were driven back.

McIntosh’s brigade of Yankee cavalry has also been skirmishing with a part of Heth’s division on the Charles City Road, about two miles below Riddle’s shop to day.

A few prisoners were captured, who say it is the advance of Grant’s army, but it is not however believed to be more than a mere reconnoitering party.

Grant is either going to the South side, or is broken down and has gone below to reorganize and recruit.

RICHMOND, June 16th — The following dispatch has been received from Gen. Lee.

HEADQUARTERS, June 15th, 6 P. M.

Hon. Secretary of War. After the withdrawal of our cavalry yesterday evening from the front of the enemy’s works at Harrison’s Landing, his cavalry again advanced on the Salem Church Road, and was this morning reported in some force on that road and at Malvern Hill.

Gen. Wm. F. Lee easily drove back the force at the latter point, which retreated down the river road beyond Carter’s mill.

A brigade of Infantry was sent to support the cavalry on the road to Smith’s store, and drove the enemy to that point with difficulty.

Nothing else of importance has occurred to day.


MOBILE, June 16th — A special to the Advertiser and Register, dated Senatobia, 14th, says that Fremont will resign his commission in the Federal army.

The Federals admit a loss of three thousand at Cold Harbor on the 3d.

Every available man was being sent to Grant and Sherman.

Thirty additional Surgeons were required to attend the wounded at Nashville for thirty days.

Chase advertises for a seventy-five million loan on six per cents.

To Maj. Gen. Lee:

I have scattered the Yankee forces, capturing 250 wagons and ambulances, 20 pieces of artillery and all their ammunition.

Their killed and wounded will amount to 2,000, besides 1,000 prisoners.

My men are still pursuing, and more will doubtless be captured.

[Signed] N. B. FORREST,

Major General.

MARIETTA, June 13, 10 o’clock, P. M.

All quiet to day. A heavy shower of rain on Saturday has been succeeded by two days of wet weather, sans intermission. The roads are impassable. No prospect of active operations. Lines perfectly silent.

Andy Johnston has made a speech accepting the nomination for Vice President. He says the reelection of Lincoln will be of itself the crushing of the rebellion.

Prentice demands the “removal of John Morgan, or peace and the recognition of the rebels.

Gold in Cincinnati on the 8th sold at 193 1/4.



RICHMOND, June 16 — The Petersburg Express of this morning gives full accounts of another demon against that city. It says that yesterday the enemy advanced in force by the City Point road early [to ths] morning. They were held in check until sunset when a further assault was made upon our outer works defended by two regiments of Wise’s brigade and Sturdevant’s battery. Three assaults were repulsed, but the fourth was made by such overpowering numbers that our men were compelled to fall back, when the enemy occupied the works capturing three guns of Sturdevant’s battery. The force of the enemy estimated to be 10,000.


[We have been furnished, from General Wright’s headquarters at this post, with the following official dispatch from General Forrest.]

GUNTOWN, MISS, June 14, via Mobile, 14 — To Hon. Isham G. Harris. I met the enemy under Generals Stewart and Grierson, ten thousand strong — seventy-hundred infantry, and twenty five hundred cavalry, and twenty pieces of artillery — on the 10th instant, with four thousand cavalry and eighteen pieces of artillery. After a hand to hand fight for six hours, I completely routed him. Their battle cry was Remember Fort Pillow.

My loss was 150 killed and 450 wounded. Among the killed were many valuable officers.

The enemy’s losses were 1,000 killed, 2,000 prisoners, 250 wagons and ambulances, and all their artillery and ordnance stores. We are still following and killing many in the woods. Their loss cannot be less than five thousand.

Buford, Bell and Ligon distinguished themselves, as all the officers and men did on this occasion.



Special to the Appeal.

MARIETTA, June 15, 6 p. m. — The enemy has been massing on our right and centre to day.

They attacked with a heavy force our line of skirmishers east of the railroad, and opened a heavy fire from eight batteries upon our lines. Two of our batteries replied slowly.

The firing was very heavy during the whole afternoon.

Nobody hurt on our side.

Twenty-five prisoners were brought in to-day.


Special to the Chronicle & Sentinel.


via Marietta, June 16.

Gen. Polk was killed by a three inch rifle chance shot to-day at noon, on Pine Mountain, in the rear of Washington Artillery battery.

Gens. Johnston, Hardee and Prescott were present at the time.

The shot passed through his left side, breaking both arms and killing him instantly.

Slight skirmishing on our left centre and occasional artillery firing.

There is a slight change in the enemy’s position. He is still entrenching.

There is extensive straggling and deserting from the enemy’s lines.

THREE MILES WEST OF MARIETTA, June 16 — Little cannonading by the enemy, our battery scarcely replying. Sharpshooting has been going on all day.

Most of the wagons of the enemy have been moved from the locality they occupied yesterday.

There was skirmishing yesterday.

Maj. Massey, of the 20th Mississippi, was killed at five o’clock yesterday afternoon.

Hooker’s corps made a charge on Cleburne’s division in three lines of battle, and was repulsed with great slaughter. A few prisoners were taken who confirm the above.

Cleburne’s division fired three hundred and fifteen times, with shot, shell and canister.

The enemy was not able to bring his artillery to bear.


ATLANTA, June 16. — A dispatch from General Forrest to Captain Adair, dated Tupelo, June 16th, says:

No Georgians hurt. The victory is complete — The enemy’s killed, wounded and captured exceeds the total of my troops engaged.

I have sent forward thirteen hundred prisoners. More yet behind.1

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  1. Macon Telegraph, June 17, 1864
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