Editor’s Note: This article was transcribed by Ken Perdue.
NEWS FROM GEN. GRANT TO TUESDAY NIGHT.
THE CROSSING SUCCESSFULLY MADE.
WASHINGTON, June 16.
Full details of the army operations down to Tuesday night have been received.
The advance to and the crossing of the James river was an entire success. No casualties or mishaps occurred. Lee was on the alert at Malvern Hills to intercept the movement, but he was entirely out manœuvered by Grant’s crossing the Chicahominy lower down. There was a little delay in laying the pontoons at James river.
The silence of the enemy had continued to Tuesday night, and was regarded as a sign of his weakness.
Premature rumors have prevailed to-day of the occupation of Petersburg by the 10th army corps.
Richmond papers of the 18th announce the occupation of Lexington, below Staunton, by Gen. Hunter’s forces, who were still advancing and subsisting on the country. The same papers mention the appearance of a large cavalry force northwest of Richmond.
It is announced here, though apparently on official authority, that Secretary Chase visits New Rork to-morrow, to negotiate a foreign loan.
A Government messenger arrived in Washington this afternoon, from the vicinity of Bermuda Hundred, who reports that hevy firing was heard in the direction of Petersburg yesterday, and it is thought that Gen. Grant has made an attack in force, and that a battle is now going on. Nothing definite, however, has been received.1
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- Trenton State Gazette, June 17, 1864 ↩