Editor’s Note: This article was transcribed by Jackie Martin.
LATEST NEWS FROM THE NORTH.
We have advices from the North to the 13th.—The following embraces the leading points of the news.
The quotation of gold is not given in the papers of the 13th, the proceding day being Sunday.
STANTON’S OFFICIAL GAZETTE.
The following is Stanton’s “official gazette,” giving the latest news from the seat of war:
Washington, June 12-12, M.
MAJOR GENERAL DIX:
A despatch from General Hunter, dated at six o’clock on the morning of the 8th instant, at Staunton, reports that—
We met the enemy at Piedmont last Sunday, the fifth instant, killing William E. Jones, their commanding general and totally routing them after a battle of ten hours’ duration. We have captured one thousand five hundred prisoners altogether—one thousand men and over sixty officers on the field of battle—also three thousand stand of arms, three pieces of artillery and a vast quantity of stores. We have to day effected a junction with Generals Crook and Averill.
It is stated in another despatch, unofficial, dated at Staunton, June 9, that “our infantry is now engaged BURNING TIES AND BENDING RAILS, EAST AND WEST. All Government and railroad buildings have been BURNED at Staunton. WE LEAVE TO MORROW.”
A despatch from General Grant’s headquarters, dated yesterday at 4, P. M., reports that “rebel cavalry having yesterday made a dash into Wilson’s lines, near the Lenny house. Wilson this morning sent out a part of McIntosh’s brigade to see where the enemy was. Their pickets were driven back and their outer line forced, the cavalry passing over the entrenchments about a mile west of Bethesda church. McIntosh came upon Field’s division of infantry, and, having accomplished the purpose of his reconnaissance, retired. He killed and wounded a number of rebels in his progress and brought away four or five prisoners. He had sixteen men killed and wounded.
Despatches from General Sherman, dated at his headquarters, Big Shanty, Georgia, this morning have been received. They state that our lines were within four or five hundred yards of the enemy; but no fighting yet.
EDWIN M. STANTON, Secretary of War.1
- “Latest News from the North.” Richmond Examiner. June 18, 1864, p. 3 col. 4 ↩