Editor’s Note: This article was transcribed by Ken Perdue.
The telegraph brings the tidings of the capture of Petersburg by GRANTS’S army. This is the first result of the fifth and last grand flanking movement. This settles the fate of Richmond, unless LEE can defeat GRANT in an open field fight, for which the latter General has been manoeuvering from the commencement of the campaign. The siege of Richmond with Petersburg in the hands of the besiegers, renders the fall of the Capital a certainty, and the only thing left for her is to try the fortune of a pitched battle in the open field. LEE’S manoeuvering is at an end; the time for blows, hard and decisive, has arrived. The advantages are with GRANT, and destiny seems to have moulded him as the man to crush the breast-plate of the rebellion.1
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- Daily Ohio Statesman, June 18, 1864 ↩