NP: June 17, 1864 Petersburg Daily Express: Telegraphic Reports, June 15-16


in June 1864


From the Army of Northern Virginia.

ARMY OF NORTHERN VIRGINIA via RICHMOND, June 16 [1864]—Grant’s whereabouts and intentions are still undetermined. A body of his cavalry attacked Gary’s Cavalry, of our army, this morning [June 16, 1864], 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 [June 16, 1864].1

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

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


Despatch from Gen. Lee.

RICHMOND, June 16 [1864].—The following dispatch has been received here:

HEADQUARTERS, June 15th—6 P. M.—Secreatary of War: After the withdrawal of our cavalry yesterday evening [June 14, 1864] from the front of the enemy’s works at Harrison’s Landing, his cavalry again advanced on the Salem Church Road, and this morning [June 15, 1864] he is reported to be 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 without difficulty.—Nothing else of importance has occurred to-day.

(Signed)                          R. E. LEE, Gen.


[SOPO EDITOR’S NOTE: A portion of this article not pertaining to the Siege of Petersburg has been omitted.]

Richmond Items.

RICHMOND, June 16 [1864]—Nothing authentic from Petersburg to day.

The Yankees have advanced their lines in Chesterfield. Some fighting took place near Chester to day [June 16, 1864].

By the last advices Sheridan was moving through Spottsylvania, and is reported to be crossing the Rapidan.

Gen Lee has been placed in command of all the forces of Virginia and North Carolina.

[SOPO EDITOR’S NOTE: A portion of this article not pertaining to the Siege of Petersburg has been omitted.]2

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  1. SOPO Editor’s Note: Normally I can find corroborating evidence in the Official Records of skirmishes mentioned in newspapers.  In this case, I cannot find a single piece of evidence for any significant skirmishing near Malvern Hill and east of Riddle’s Shop on June 16, 1864 other than a vague reference by Union Third Division Cavalry commander James Wilson that he kept his two cavalry brigades in the area “busy making demonstrations” on June 15-16.  McIntosh’s Brigade in particular seems to have been entrenched around Samaria Church. In any case, McIntosh’s regiments do not mention any fighting of note.  Thanks to the help of Bryce Suderow, I found evidence of the Riddle’s Shop skirmish in the Broadfoot Publishing Supplement to the Official Records, vol. 7, page 330.  It contains Heth’s report of the fighting on June 16, but mistakenly uses the date of June 18.  It is clear from reading the report that June 16, 1864 is the correct date. In the report, Cooke’s NC Brigade was three miles east of Riddle’s Shop on the Charles City Road, which corroborates this telegraphic report’s information. As for the skirmish near Malvern Hill, a regimental history of the 2nd NC Cavalry shows they were involved in skirmishing near that spot on June 16.  So it looks like the North Carolina Cavalry Brigade may have played a role rather than or in addition to Gary’s cavalry. If you know anything about either of these two skirmishes, please Contact Us.  I would like to add them to my official list if I can find evidence to prove they exist outside of this newspaper report.
  2. “Telegraphic Reports of the Press Association.” The Daily Express (Petersburg, VA). June 17, 1864, p. 1 col. 7

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